Habibi Restaurant Changes Style
Habibi restaurant has launched a new lunch menu and is also delivering food to your door.
The Mediterrannean eatery, once a hotspot for yachties and Fiji’s only shisha (Hukka) outlet, took a turn for the worse when the coronavirus pandemic hit Fiji.
Owner, Pooja Kolekar, said the Denarau Road joint in Nadi, was driven by 70-80 per cent of tourism revenue.
“We had strategies in place that catered for this, but no-one could have had anything in pace when coronavirus hit the world.
“Rather than listen to negative talk and be drawn into a bubble that had nothing but gloom, my husband, Anirudh, and I decided we will change the concept, have a positive attitude and at least provide employment for five people.”
Habibi Restaurant previously opened from 6pm untill around midnight.
“We are also looking at introducing breakfast with some new menus.”
Mrs Kolekar said the previouws Mediterranean meals which included baba ghanoush, humus and wood-fire pizza, would still be served on request, but they have introduced spicy Indian curries, lamb and chicken kadhai, naan bread, prawn dishes and bhiriani.
“We will have a 20 per cent discount on each meal and people can still come and eat in the restaurant.”
Mrs Kolekar said they had spent close to $6000 to renovate and change some of the previous settings
Prawns koliwada at Habibi restaurant.
Habibi restaurant owner Pooja Kolekar.