Ziafat, 6/F, Harilela Mansion, 81 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Area:Tsim Sha Tsui
Nearest Train:Tsim Sha Tsui
Opening Hours:daily 7pm-8am
Just down the road from the Kowloon Mosque, Ziafat is as Halal as they come in Hong Kong. You won’t find any booze here, and the décor is sparse and humble, save from a glittering representation of the Koran on the back wall. Above all, the place feels as quiet as a prayer room, with only faint classical Eqyptian vocals heard in the background. We found just one other patron there, along with what appeared to be an entire staff of three, all of whom greeted us with a brotherly “Salam Alaykum.” While you get the sense you’re not supposed to enjoy yourself at Ziafat, it’s hard not to once the food arrives. To feel especially guilty, order the mixed grill—chicken, fish and lamb—with some Arabic bread. It’s a shame that the dishes seem designed to go down with a cold beer—but even as it is, Ziafat makes for a fine place to debate the merits of the government’s latest Islamic Finance proposals.