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Family Dining Egyptian-Style
Mohsen Gaber Ibrahim and his wife Zinab Mohamed Hammd

Mohsen Gaber Ibrahim grew up immersed in the local cuisine, with a father and uncle who both worked in the industry, including cooking for some of Egypt's elite. Inspired by his family experience, he honed his Egyptian and Mediterranean culinary skills at hotels in Egypt, Libya and Abu Dhabi before arriving in Hong Kong.

Over the years, Ibrahim added to his repertoire. He continued to nurture his love of cooking at a wide range of roles in Hong Kong before becoming his own boss as the owner and head chef at Aziza. Some of his past employers include the Middle Eastern restaurant Habibi, Ovolo Hotels, Le Comptoir and Cathay Pacific Catering Services.

Ibrahim has lived in Hong Kong for 17 years, but chooses not to adapt his menu to the local palate, preferring to focus on authenticity. He and his wife Zinab Mohamed Hammd are dedicated to producing freshly-made dishes that allow the flavor of the ingredients to shine while paying homage to time-honoured Egyptian cuisine.

Hummos

Hummos
Aziza offers a wide range of mezze, which can be enjoyed as starters or as a meal to themselves. Aziza’s hummos, the traditional chickpea, tahini and garlic dip, truly tickles our taste buds and proves to be a heavenly match for the piping hot home-made pita bread.

Babaganough

Babaganough
Babaganough is another classic Middle Eastern dip that appears on the cold mezze menu. Aziza adds roasted onions, yogurt and parsley, and uses organic roasted eggplant to add a smoky touch to this silky smooth dip.

Mixed Grill

Mixed Grill
The Mixed Grill consists of lamb racks, cubed beef skewers and chicken thighs, which deliver an intensely aromatic flavour and aroma in a lip-smacking treat for meat lovers. Aziza’s lamb is seasoned with a medley of fresh herbs that takes the juicy meat to another level. The beef is marinated with just the right amount of spices while the chicken is tenderly grilled to perfection. This quintessential selection is best accompanied with Aziza’s revelatory couscous, hand-made by the restaurant using traditional methods.

Falafel

Falafel
Crisp on the outside and light and fluffy inside, these falafels add to the pleasure of eating healthily. Aziza uses fava beans in its version instead of the more common chickpeas, in a delicious take on this classic delicacy.

Wara Inab

Wara Inab
Filled with an aromatic mix of rice, the flavorful stuffed vine leaves known as Wara Inab are one of the hot mezze options. These hand-made rolls, which come with a scrumptious tomato sauce accompaniment, are a finger-licking treat, and won us over with their perfect balance of taste and texture.

Aziza Chicken

Aziza Chicken
Following a selection of veggie-friendly mezze to start, it is time for some meat. Marinated and grilled in the Egyptian style, a whole spring chicken is slowly cooked with Aziza’s secret mix of seasonings. The slightly charred and crunchy skin contrasts with the incredibly succulent and flavour-infused meat, and is served with a tasty Egyptian dipping sauce.

Aziza – meaning “darling” – is a small, family-run operation which has been bringing delicious and affordable Middle Eastern favourites to Kennedy Town since it opened last year. A black and gold exterior decorated with Egyptian motifs ensures that diners know they are in the right place as they stroll along Hau Wo Street. Inside, the theme continues with two giant hand-painted murals highlighting some of the country’s most famous landmarks. The attentive service and quality of cooking add to the warm ambiance that customers can enjoy while soaking up the culture and cuisine of the Middle East.

AZIZA
G/F, Shun Cheong Building, 28 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Western District
 (852) 3462 2844

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