The yellow-painted, red-accented interior of this buzzy and bright restaurant is a lot more appealing than you might expect from the plain frontage on an uninspiring stretch of High Holborn. Hiba is perennially popular with people looking for a houmous fix outside of the Edgware Road catchment area. The place comes into its own at lunchtime, when besuited types lean on the bar waiting for their foil-packaged wraps, and the closely set tables and booths along the narrow dining room bustle with a varied, but usually brisk clientele (there’s more room in the basement). Service can be haphazard and indifferent under this onslaught, so prepare to be persistent. Although there’s no alcohol, many come here after work too; try one of the fantastic freshly squeezed juices, or a heavily perfumed glass of jellab with pine nuts. The meze dishes – fluffy houmous, tabouleh with the requisite balance of parsley (lots) to bulgur (hardly any), creamy fuul medames, sujuk with a fiery kick – do the job competently, but the real stars are the vast main platters and roast meats. An order of lamb shawarma brought a fragrant heap of juicy meat layered with flatbread, houmous and salad: a proper treat.
We create distinct and authentic home-cooked food for which Lebanese and Palestinian cuisine is famous. Our food is lovingly prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients daily. Our aim: delicious food with wonderful flavours - for your enjoyment. As well as traditional dishes - mezze dishes, grills and wraps - be sure to check out our special selections - tasty choices put together by our head chef which also offer exceptional value. For business meetings or social events (such as a picnic!) when there are ten or more of you, we also offer amazing catering packages.
The atmosphere at Hiba is laid back but we take serving our customers very seriously. That's why we're pleased to receive special requests and are known for creating bespoke menus. Don't hesitate to let us know if you want a dish prepared a particular way to your liking or there's anything else we can help with, such as hosting at your events. We have a team of people who are happy to help - call us, pop in or drop an email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Welcome to happy Hiba days!
Photos by Yurj Buzzi and Mohammad Ashraful Anam.