Nestled in the heart of Leeds, Habbibi by Abdu Rosik beckons food enthusiasts with the promise of an authentic Middle Eastern culinary experience. This restaurant, located upstairs in Victoria Gate, stands out as a vibrant oasis for those seeking a relaxed flavourful journey.
Abdu Rozik is quite the character; I was lucky enough to be welcomed to the opening night and grabbed a quick chat with the man himself. He is excited to open this new restaurant in Leeds and can’t wait to treat every guest to a warm welcome. The restaurant pulled a celebrity crowd from across the country on the night and I expect it to become a venue for celebrities visiting the UK from across the world. You never know who you might meet on your visit.
Upon entering Habbibi, the ambiance transports guests to a world where warm hues, intricate decor, and the tantalizing aroma of spices blend seamlessly. The interior is elegant combining contemporary design with the opulence of Dubai. Daytime the restaurant is lit by sunshine through the large foldaway glass doors, by night soft lighting casts a gentle glow over the wooden tables setting the stage for an immersive dining adventure.
The menu at Habbibi is a testament to the diversity and depth of Middle Eastern flavours. Each dish is a carefully crafted masterpiece that showcases the culinary expertise of the chefs.
One of Habbibi’s standout dishes is the Chicken Kabsa, flavourful and cooked to perfection. There are lots of Middle Eastern sides to try including Fattoush, Chickpeas & Quinoa Salad and Fried New Potato. Like me, you may want to come back and try them all.
The attentive and knowledgeable staff at Habbibi further elevate the dining experience. They are well-versed in the menu, ready to guide guests through the dishes and make personalised recommendations based on individual preferences. The service is prompt, and the staff’s passion for the cuisine adds a personal touch to the overall dining experience.
No Middle Eastern meal is complete without indulging in a sweet finale, and Habbibi does not disappoint in this department. The desserts, such as the baked mango crépes, are a delightful conclusion to the feast.
Wait there’s more, there’s no need to rush back into the hustle and bustle of Leeds city centre when you can simply head onto the heated rooftop of Victoria Gate, enjoy the view and even a shisha into the afternoon, late evening, or early morning.
Habbibi in Leeds promises to become a vibrant culinary gem, offering a captivating journey through the colourful tapestry of Middle Eastern cuisine. From the warm ambiance to the diverse menu and attentive service, every aspect of the dining experience at Habbibi is thoughtfully curated to provide a memorable visit. This restaurant is not merely a place to dine; it is a cultural and culinary expedition that leaves guests yearning for more.