Once you try the hummus at Hasiba, you will never want to eat hummus anywhere else. Ever. Brought to you by the team behind Lodge Bread in Culver City, Hasiba serves outstanding Middle Eastern food, with an emphasis on Israeli and Moroccan dishes.
Located in the Jewish Pico-Robertson area, Hasiba is certified kosher and even closes early on Friday/all day Saturday for Shabbat.
With their background in bread, their pita bread is superlative, handmade using organic ingredients and no white flour. The pitas are thick, making it a good tool for dipping.
The hummus here is incredible – impossibly smooth and silky. It’s the stuff that royalty and world rulers would be served – yet here I was, a mere mortal, dining on it. The Wild Mushrooms hummus had caramelized onions, wild mushrooms, chermoula, tahina and herbs, finished off with a healthy dose of olive oil.
That pita bread also enfolded the Sabich sandwich – fried eggplant, crispy potatoes, hard boiled egg, tahina, schug (a Mediterranean hot sauce with hot pepper, coriander and garlic), and amba (pickled mango condiment). There was a lot of different flavors at play, but they worked in concert for an entirely satisfying lunch.
Oh, I should mention that the sandwich was HUGE. I split it with my husband and, with the hummus, it made for a filling meal for two.
Hasiba uses local and/or organic ingredients and the attention to quality shows. Even though I’m a carnivore, my vegetarian lunch had me completely satiated, showing me the dazzling heights that hummus can attain. Having tasted the divine hummus at Hasiba, I will never eat store bought hummus ever again.
Location: 8532 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035
Website – https://www.hasibarestaurant.com
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – No
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes
Editor’s note: Hasiba closed in February 2022.