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.
Hailing from Beirut, Jad Youssef grew up in his mother’s kitchen. Alongside time spent in his father’s traditional Lebanese pastry shop, this instilled his country’s food culture in his veins.
Youssef spent the last 14 years in London, opening Beirut street food spot Yalla Yalla in 2009 in SoHo following a stint at world-renowned Lebanese restaurant Fakhreldine in Piccadilly. Yalla Yalla garnered glowing reviews from press including Time Out London, who recognised Youssef’s Sawda Djej, a chicken liver mezze dish, as one of ‘The Best 100 Dishes in London’ in 2012. TV chef and food critic Tamasin Day-Lewis included the recipe in her book Irresistible, and Youssef also appeared onscreen as a guest judge on Celebrity MasterChef.