Hidden away around the back of the Passarela Oasis Shopping Centre is Los Cristianos is Hiba Hiba. We have parked by this restaurant on several occasions, liked the look of the clean and chic décor and as we both like Moroccan and Turkish food thought because there is a lot of cross-fertilization in that area we would probably like Lebanese food.
We have eaten in the Balkonen in Las Americas, but being in a popular resort did wonder if the food there was adapted to meet tourist tastes. However, when we suggested eating at Hiba Hiba with friends one Saturday night it was fully booked. Not to be deterred we thought we would give it another go.
Because it had been a long day shopping we called ahead one Friday evening and asked if their €12.95 set meal was available as a takeaway. Fortunately, it was so armed with carrier bag we headed home to sit in front of the telly and hopefully enjoy a Lebanese meal.
The menu is extensive and the Set Meal served between 5.00 and 8.00pm includes Hummus, Avocado, Felfel, and Baba Ganug dips served with Lebanese bread. A starter from a choice of four and a main course from six groups, so loads of choice.
I went for the Kibbeh, minced lamb with pine nuts for my starter and my main was the Shish Taouk, Cubes of marinated chicken breast in a peanut sauce served with Arabic rice. Jim didn´t fancy the set meal but went for the Red Pepper puree with nuts and honey and the Chicken with peaches served with Arabic style potatoes.
When we opened our cartons, they all looked delicious and we ended up sampling each other’s, so had a good spread of tastes. It was all well prepared and my chicken was particularly delicious and the rice I can only describe as aromatic with a hint of garlic and cardamom. (Unfortunately, I hit the record button when taking a picture of my plate, so that is captured from a video 😦 .) Moreover, Jim’s chicken although it looks a little messy was wonderful.
Although we didn´t experience waitress service Louise, from West Yorkshire, (that’s on the sunny side of Lebanon) who took our call and served us with our takeaway was lovely and couldn´t have been more helpful, explaining which dips were mild and which were extremely hot.
Next time we will eat IN the restaurant, I am already looking forward to the Lamb with Plums, as readers know I love fruit with my meat.
You don´t always have to eat ‘local food’ and having such a diverse and richly varied restaurant scene as we have in Tenerife is yet another reason we love the island.