Designed to reference the forgotten beauty of 1960s Beirut, “The Paris of The Middle East”, Maison Libanaise seamlessly transports guests back to a time of nourishing fare and familial hospitality. Boasting three distinctive offerings, this vertical space was created to showcase the warming nature of Lebanese culture and vibrancy of its food. On entry, Le Comptoir offers kebabs, salads and sides on the go, while above, Le Salon presents a more intimate option with an authentic menu of hot and cold mezze, accompanied by Asia’s leading Lebanese wine list. Finally, hidden away from the hustle of Central Hong Kong sits La Buvette – a unique greenspace that serves as a cooling rooftop oasis in the heart of the city. With a combination of long tables and festoon lighting, it serves as a first choice for standing functions and dinners that run well into the night. Designed for groups to share, the menu features an array of traditional and contemporary delights, from freshly baked pita with homemade dips, to za’atar fried chicken and slow roasted lamb shoulders.
With a passion for Middle Eastern culture and Lebanese cuisine, Australian born James Harrison brings strong credentials to his role of Head Chef. Raised in the Victorian countryside, he spent much of his childhood at his grandmother’s home, where time was reserved for family and good food. It was from this young age he developed an appreciation for making products from scratch – now an integral element of his cooking. With a career that began part time at a neighbourhood bar, to working in hatted Australian restaurants and under the tutelage of Michelin-starred chef and Middle Eastern food authority, Greg Malouf, Harrison has now amassed his own impressive credentials.