Habibi Restau­rant Changes Style

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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.

Habibi restau­rant

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.”

Open­ing hours

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

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Prawns koli­wada at Habibi restau­rant.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Habibi restau­rant owner Pooja Kolekar.

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