Yes, it's not a big deal but I just wanted to make sure this one was covered somewhere on Yelp given it's so conveniently located (for me) on Borough High Street between London Bridge and Borough Tube Stations. Again, walking on Borough High Street, there's a very good change you'll miss it - so, don't.
Service and food are great. The Soujok (spicy sausages), chicken livers, kibbeh, halloumi are all good; and go well with the Bazenjan Al-Rahib (or Moussaka), Mouhamara and the Baba Ghanouj.
Love, love, lovvve the complimentary baklavas that are served almost always. The portions are fairly generous, so the per person bill could be as low as £15 without alcohol.
I think the reviews below are forgetting the one vital trick here. FREE BAKLAVA.
Those words (having recently discovered the gooey goodness that is baklava) would have got me here like a shot. Although that tends to apply to free anything.
Hiba is halfway down Borough High Street, and looks pretty unassuming from the outside. It's unassuming from the inside too. Friendly enough staff (although the waiter had no idea which Coke was diet and which wasn't, and actually fibbed to me about it).
Mains sit around the £10-11 mark. I had a lamb and peppery ginger thing in a tomato sauce. Served with rice. All very tasty, but didn't blow me away. LOTS of tender lamb though. The mixed grill the boy ordered was tastier. So I stole some of his.
Mixed meze only seems to be available at lunch, so dinner for two will set you back about £30 with soft drinks and service. They'd have got a firm three stars from me if it hadn't been for the baklava, but that's always going to bump a place up a star. Still, more special as a yummy lunch venue than somewhere for dinner. But I like it, and I'll be back.
One of my favourite cuisines, I found this little gem as it is the only Lebanese restaurant in the area. Decorated simply in earthy tones it is welcoming and comfortable.
The food is pretty standard faire, although all prepared to a very high standard. As always, stick to the Meze, its far more value for money and surprisingly filling.
Love this place, I did some training near Borough station and often had a falafel wrap for lunch which was always delicious. I had the opportunity to meet a few friends for dinner in the area and immediately thought that this little gem would be the place for our repast. We were waiting a short while for a table as the restaurant was jam-packed. The service was great, really attentive and assisted with menu choices, we stuck to the meze choices as there was a good deal on them. We weren't sure whether we would have enough food for the 3 of us however we were stuffed at the end and pretty much had to roll back to the station! We also had a lovely bottle of Lebanese red wine which is possibly my favourite tipple but is quite tricky to find.
I would definitely choose to return if ever in the area again!
Meze, if done well, are among my favourite foods for an uncomplicated girls' night out. Just order a few plates to share with some pita bread and a bottle of wine and chat the night away, and this usually without breaking the bank.
The Lebanese restaurant Hiba about 5 minutes walk from London Bridge down Borough High Street doesn't look like much from the outside. Sharing a common front with Costa Coffee, which in my opinion does really crap coffee and I avoid like the plague, one might think it's just some basic take away. You couldn't be more wrong.
Upon entering it becomes clear that Hiba is a comfortable and inviting restaurant with modern interior and dim lighting. Also promising is the fact that a lot of the patrons appear to be Middle Eastern ranging from young couples on their first date to groups of elderly men. I always find it highly encouraging when a restaurant is frequented by nationals of the respective cuisine, as I guess they should know what the food is supposed to taste like
I ate at Hiba twice in a short period of time and enjoyed both visits. This is a description of my second visit which was pretty similar to the first NB: Both times, we only had meze and haven't tried any of Hiba's main dishes which I therefore can't judge.
The complementary pickles that arrived as soon as we were seated were a real winner: lovely aromatic olives inermixed with preserved lemons were a promise of things to come.
There always needs to be hommos somewhere, and this time we went for the Hommos Beiruty (4.95). The perfectly smooth and creamy puree of chickpeas with just a hint of spicy aftertaste was beautiful.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Grilled Halloumi Cheese (5.50). The halloumi was light, salty and squeaky (if you have eaten halloumi before you know what I mean with squeaky, otherwise go and find out :) ) and the bbq taste nicely complemented its clean flavour. Highly addictive.
Slightly less successful was the Tabbouleh (4.95). I can't complain about the freshness of the ingredients or the amount of the flavoursome parsley, but they just went a bit overboard with the lemon juice and it ended up being too sour. Apart from this not a bad dish at all.
The only meat dish we tried were the Kibbeh Shameyieh (5.50) deep-fried lamb meatballs. I am admittedly not a big fan of fried food in general but these meatballs were lovely. Light and not the least bit greasy I particularly enjoyed their cinnamon taste.
The waiters were not as faultless as the food. A couple of times they cleared plates away that we didn't consider finished. And, unforgivably, they forgot to bring the Baba Ganoush we had ordered. I love the smoky taste of this aubergine puree and I was very much looking forward to it. Of course when I realised that they had forgotten I was already full and couldnt' be bothered to order it again.
They consoled me a bit with the complementary dessert: The 3 pieces of very similar looking and very similar tasting, incredibly sweet Lebanese sweets almost made me forget my prior disappointment. I wouldn't call them exactly tasty but they have something to them so that you just can't stop eating even though you know every bite brings you closer to type II diabetes.
Don't expect surprises or sophisticated flavour combination but if you happen to be around London Bridge it's well worth paying Hiba a visit for solid, reliable and very tasty Lebanese food.
I hadn't noticed the restaurant at all, until my bf pointed it out. I suppose because it looked all dark.
However, having stayed in Lebanon for a while, I love Lebanese food and was pleased that it was easy to get to in London Bridge
The food was moderately priced, and there was a good variety even for vegetarians and awkward gluten free people, so bf was happy
The interior looked clean and modern and I liked the reedy, crafty table mats which were a talking point. As an artist, I enjoyed the Lebanese paintings. I also enjoyed listening to the music as it was Lebanese, none of this Western Musak.
Loved the cinnemon rice, the interesting hot yoghurt & lamb main course, though it took a while for my body to get used to it. I adored the milk pudding. I want to learn to make it myself. I haven't had that since a trip to China.
They sold plenty of fruit juices and soft drinks for those of us who don't drink alcohol but were pretty pricey. We chose tap water because it is healthy a
and reduces the airmiles They didn't put any ice or lemon but then I didn't ask anyway
As the pollution and noise is very bad with the road traffic, and the buildings outside are a tatty eyesore, I wouldn't recommend eating outside, and when I was there, other people weren't eating outside either. I don't feel it is appropriate to eat outside unless you wear an anti-pollution mask and ear plugs!
I like to support ethical restaurants and I didn't see their corporate responsibility policy and there were only men working in the restaurant, so I was concerned they exclude women.
A good variety of dishes, nice prices and a great introduction to Lebanese cuisine. Service is good and staff are very helpful, the restaurant has a comfortable laid back feel, with a good atmosphere.
i have been in a variety of so called Lebanese restuarants .. but this takes the cuisine to another level.. great food.. great service and amazing prices! would recommend it to all who want a good lebanese cuisine experience!
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