An American In London
Thursday, January 27, 2011 - Star attraction at Hiba: Halloumi. There were many tasty, memorable dishes at Hiba (e.g. crispy, fragrant falafel, refreshing grilled aubergine with tomato, onion, parsley and mint (bazenjan al-rahib)), but for me, the halloumi stole the show. Yielding, almost-juicy tofu-like texture. No squeakiness. Mild, creamy almost-mozzarella flavor with a hit of smokiness from the grill...Order anything at Hiba that comes with labneh, a thick cheesy-tangy yoghurt. The chicken wings at Hiba, for example, were a bit scrawny, but they were saved by the garlicky labneh served on the side. Hiba's kibbeh, which was better/more moist than Yalla Yalla's version, still benefited from the rich labneh we'd ordered.