Eating Out: Fresh Hummus and Pita at Maison Libanaise
I do not take issues of hummus and falafel lightly. I am incredibly picky when it comes to pita bread. Kibbeh is one of my favorite foods.
These are just some of the reasons I had a Lebanese food truck at my wedding (I miss you, Toum!), and why I booked it to Maison Libanaise when I arrived in Hong Kong.
The Lebanese restaurant is situated right off the Mid-Levels escalator in SoHo (which stands for "south of Hollywood Road" in Hong Kong). It's impossible to miss with its big, beautiful mural and welcoming exterior. The restaurant was inspired by the cultural renaissance of 1960s Beirut, known for its style, French architecture and progressive food scene.
There's a take away counter on the first floor, known as Le Comptoir, where you can pick up your own plates of hummus, salads, falafel and meat (and the kitchen is open till midnight!). Or you can head upstairs to sit down in Le Salon and enjoy a glass of wine in front of big beautiful windows. There's a rooftop deck, too.
I will admit that I fell more in love with the restaurant's decor than anything else, but that is not to say that the food isn't great. It is... the restaurant is just also ridiculously pretty. The pita is baked fresh and served straight from the oven. The hummus is perfectly smooth and the falafel is crispy and flavorful. It's not my favorite falafel in the world, but it is the best I've had in Hong Kong, without a doubt.
When you go, and I suggest you do, order as many dishes as you can and share. I wouldn't mind if the dishes were bigger, like the delicious chicken skewers below. But that's fine -- just be sure to order two.