Since its opening almost a year ago, I’ve been wanting to try Mama Malouf after hearing plenty of good things about the place. This quaint Lebanese restaurant gets its name from the Alex Malouf’s (the owner) mother. The dishes take inspiration from Alex’s mother and the recipes have been developed from his experience growing up in a Lebanese home. You’ll find traditional, as well as more modern dishes on Mama Malouf’s menu, all of which are hearty and satisfying. In terms of atmosphere, you can expect a cozy, home-like feel at Mama Malouf with minimalist decor.
Olive has been serving a variety of Greek and Middle Eastern fare to hungry Hong Kongers for quite some time (which is no small feat in the city that is perpetually opening new restaurants and closing ones that don’t have what it takes). Chef Greg Malouf, who originally helped create Olive’s menu when it first opened, has recently returned to the restaurant to develop a brand new range of dishes. Though Olive’s interior could certainly use some renovations from its current 90’s vibe, the restaurant was bustling with diners ready to feast on a range of hearty Middle Eastern food.