Monday, November 10, 2008

Assaf Lebanese Cuisine, Central, Hong Kong

After dinner at Yung Kee, George suggested coffee and dessert at Assaf, a Lebanese restaurant.
This is the best Lebanese restaurant in Hong Kong! he exclaimed with excitement..
We walked over from Yung Kee and soon we found ourselves at Assaf's entrance (it's just a few shops away from Tai Cheong Bakery at Lindhurst Terrace).
A small cosy restaurant that could probably sit 30 customers, this restaurant looks inviting nonetheless. Delicious smell wafted through the air the moment we stepped in and I sort of regretted we ate so much at Yung Kee (else, I could have my second dinner here!!) hahaha..
So we had some Lebanese Coffee..
Slightly herbalish, it was not as thick as it looks.

We had 2 types of Baklavas...While both are delicious, I prefer the square ones as it's heavily soaked in rose syrup and the pastry was really wafer thin. And loads of pistachio nuts. Yums..

We also had some Halawe....
Looks like nougat but it's much softer in texture and almost melt in mouth. Though it's a tad sweet, this dessert was very fragrant and light; the chopped pistachios and dried fruits adds more bite to this sweet treat.
I saw other tables having mains which looks equally delicious *drools*. gosh, am such a pig..

After dessert, we decided to have drinks at Isola, located between the IFC Towers..
While enjoying the night breeze, the captivating scenery and sipping my cocktail, I am pretty sure the remaining 8 days in Hong Kong would be a blast! :)

As I gaze up to the dark sky, the IFC looks amazing...
Recognised this building? SF asked
I gave her a quizzical look..
This was where Batman jump off from in Dark Night..
Well, quite a nice place to end my first day in HK i guess ;)

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Blogger Nic (KHKL) said...

"gosh, am such a pig.."

we all are lar! heheheh...

*oink oink*

lebanese in doesnt get more interesting than this..hehe

10 November, 2008  
Anonymous SF said...

Somehow your trip seems so long ago, and it's been only a few weeks! That was a lovely night, and the breeze fantastic when we were at Isola (apart from the threat of a drizzle!). I love that shot of IFC tower. Oh, and the reason why George says it's the best lebanese is because he is lebanese descent, and he says this restaurant serves good authentic lebanese food.

10 November, 2008  
Blogger J2Kfm said...

lebanese cuisine in HK? hehe, that's unheard of. but something sweet to cleanse the palates would be nice.

after the greasy Yung Kee carnivorous adventure. =P

11 November, 2008  
Blogger "Joe" who is constantly craving said...

omg..its only the first day!..hahah still got a whole book on 8 days worth of food???

11 November, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

nic: hahaha..i guess all foodies are pigs :p yeah, the lebanese dessert was a rather impromptu decision...

sf: yes, it seemed so long ago! hehe. it was a lovely nite :). i thought george did mention about his lebanese descent, just that i was not sure..well, at least now you've confirmed it :) wished i tried the mains though :(

j2kfm: it was rather a surprise for me too. glad we had it nonetheless..

joe: yes, just the first worries, i'll slot in some local post now and then, so not to bore you, ok?

11 November, 2008  
Anonymous jason said...

Yeah, we're all pigs here :P

11 November, 2008  
Anonymous Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Really cool to read about lebanese food in HK. Good one. :-)

11 November, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

jason: oinks unite!

lyrical lemongrass: thanks dear! :)

11 November, 2008  
Blogger mimid3vils said...

Interesting food~~~ never herad b4 :P

Baklavas look like some sort of bread?

11 November, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

mimid3vils: no, it's more like sweet pastries. like wet pastries soaked in honey or rose syrup (depending if it's greek or lebanese baklavas) should try it, especially if it's served warm. delish! you can find baklavas in KL too actually :)

12 November, 2008  

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