Yum yum: Review of Beyrouth Bistro

Yum yum: Review of Beyrouth Bistro

We find Hong Kong's hottest eats 'n' treats

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The refurbished cafe is open to the street, and a great place to people-watch.
Photo: Lucy Christie

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Just not quite enough bread to (literally) go around.
Photo: Lucy Christie

Beyrouth Bistro
Shop A, G/F Lyndhurst Building, 
39 Lyndhurst Terrace,
Central, Hong Kong

Tel: 2480 5338

Grub: Lebanese food

Vibe: With only 12 stools in the entire place, this isn't somewhere for a big crowd. It's essentially a glorified kebab shop, but the décor -quirky screw-style stools, white tiles and wooden counter tops - is really appealing and smashes the stereotype about kebab shops being greasy, late-night joints. Combined with the floor to ceiling glass doors that slide back like curtains to leave the whole restaurant exposed and opening out directly onto the street, it was a pretty enough setting to draw us in from across the street.

Who to take: Someone you are really close to, because the garlic sauce is delicious, but it's very overpowering. Seriously, any vampires within a 10-metre radius will be knocked out by your breath.

What's hot: This is one of the rare places where you can eat a kebab without feeling like you need to shower afterwards. Everything we tried was good, but the shish kebab was the highlight: tender cubes of beef tenderloin in lemon, garlic, spices and salt. You get the choice of chilli, garlic or yoghurt sauce to go with it; sensing our indecision, the waitress helpfully pointed out that we could mix the sauces. A mix of garlic and yoghurt is definitely the way to go.

The menu is also impressively varied, with options including lasagne, hummus, salads and wraps, which means there is a lot of choice if you are with a picky eater.

What's not: It's messy food. While it was advertised as a wrap, the shish kebab came in pita bread that didn't quite make it all the way round the packed filling. The sauce-to-meat ratio could also have been a little better, as there was some serious sauce spillage (but again, this comes back to the not-quite-big-enough pita).

Cost: Cold starters are HK$70-HK$90, hot starters HK$35-HK$80, and wraps HK$60-HK$65. The lunch combos are HK$55- HK$195. The international dishes range from HK$70 to HK$95. Salads are HK$60-HK$70 and speciality dishes are HK$60-HK$130. Drinks cost HK$18-HK$35.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
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