Located at 27 D’Aguilar St. in Lan Kwai Fong is a little Lebanese restaurant/bar/hookah lounge called Beirut. Like most places in LKF, Beirut serves decent food, probably has a great lunch deal, and is packed on a Friday or Saturday night with the bar crowd. The unfortunate thing about MOST restaurants in the Lan Kwai Fong area is that they tend to “dumb down” their food to match the masses of people they entertain during the wee hours of the night.
Some of my family is Lebanese/Syrian and the food they put out is PACKED with flavors and cooking techniques. While Beirut does serve up some classic middle eastern foods, (eg. hummous, shawarma, and salads packed with rough chopped veggies), they are done without the flare which draws us to their cuisine.
Their hummus, while sitting at a perfect consistency, was lacking in flavor. The lamb shawarma on the other hand lived up to the flavor profile that I was expecting, but unfortunately they decided it was necessary to cook the life out of it. The rest of the dishes we had this evening were quite tasty, but please don’t ask the names as I can’t pronounce them let alone remember the spelling.
Beirut also offers an pretty decent wine list comprised mostly of new world wines dotted with a few French favorites.
I recommend going to Beirut, especially if you enjoy hookah as it smelled quite tantalizing walking in. I would just stick to the appetizers and drinks/smokes next time.
Until next time, keep on livin’ to eat!