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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.

 

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Here you'll find a quirky, casual and fun dining experience accompanied by delicious Palestinian and Lebanese food with a contemporary twist. You can dine in our restaurant, takeaway to your home, office or even hotel and we deliver free direct to your door! We have now launched our corporate catering for charity events, functions, office parties and weddings.

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.
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Venue name: Hiba
Contact:
Address: 113 High Holborn
London
WC1V 6JQ
Opening hours: Meals served noon-midnight daily
Transport: Tube: Holborn tube
Price: Main courses £9.95-£14.95. Set meal £8.96-£10.95 1 course. Set meze £35-£65

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Tom A

Love Hiba. Great food, vibe and service. It gets busy at lunch times but this just adds to the atmosphere. I have never found service slow. Personally I love meze bit and pieces, and these are really tasty here. I find myself ordering considerably more than I intended. You also get good advice as to what to try from the menu. Big thumbs up to Hiba- best Leb restaurant I know in central London.

TE

Amazing place with a friendly vibe and delicious food. The baba ghanoush was definitely the best I've ever tasted and the falafel and foul moudamas were also perfect. The customer service was great, the owner came out to chat and make recommendations and everything was served quickly. Prices are great too!

TJ

I had dinner here for the first time a couple of weeks ago. The food is fantastic - especially for this price bracket! - and the service great. Hummus was amazing, and though I'm not a big dessert person usually, I LOVED the mouhallabieh. The staff were super friendly and attentive. Nice atmosphere inside the restaurant, but probably great for takeout as well. At least three people came to get takeout while I was there, and they were all served really quickly.

Blindsilksheet

Not great here. Similar customer service to a bad wether spoons! I ordered a fatoush salad and my friend ordered a spicy salad- pretty much the same salad arrived (mine just had the crispy bits on...) when I ask why my fatoush has peppers in, I was told it was seasoning (about 10% of the salad was peppers!) I'm intolerant to peppers so ended up picking them all out! Although Hiba is cheap I've received much better service and received the food that I ordered in every restaurant within that price bracket. I wouldn't recommended Hiba.

Chris Green

New management at Hiba Express now- Great service and genuine Middle Eastern food. Some good suggested menus too. Moussaka and chickpeas with vermicelli rice was great.