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Habibi's

1128 W Broadway West
Vancouver, BC V6B3P7
Tel: (604) 732-7487
Neighbourhood: Broadway

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Who needs meat?
By yummitummi of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 22, 2007 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

The menu is primarily vegetarian, with 2 meat dishes [shwarma]...so it's still pretty much vegetarian.
The spinach tabil here is crazy good, as is this baked cheese dish that was deliciously soft and gooey. the baba ganoush is also very good, as mentioned by a previous reviewer.
the service is quite attentive, our waters were refilled regularly, and Habibi said bye to us as we left :)
The room is dim and can be nice for a romantic dinner. They had to open the door a couple of time to let out some of the extra steam from the kitchen, but it wasn't left open for so long that it got too chilly.
Try if you want to sample something a little different!

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Blew me away
By leezy8 of commercial drive (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 25, 2006 - 12:18am [Dine in]

I just came back from the most satisfying restauran experience I"ve had in years. NOt only was the food mouth wateringly good-from the chickpeas with yogurt/garlic infusion (i cant' remember the lebanese name-my bad) to the baba ganoush...it was oustanding.

The ambiance was warm, inviting and tasteful. The music fit the mood-peaceful middle eastern stuff (sorry I can't be more specific) and the simple touches (stain glass candle holders) added alot.

It was the service, however, that took this place above and beyond. NOt only was the staff attentive, but they went out of their way to make me feel comfortable. From the free tea while i waited (a mix of chamomile, mint, sage, something else, and love), to the 'on the house' basil hummous because our food was taking a long time-we were spoiled. The waiter, whose name I did not catch, bantered with us constantly, and even gave me a gift upon parting.

An experience I won't forget for a long time-and a place I highly recommend.

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tyranical chef leaves bad taste in mouth.
By kbrenna of east end vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 21, 2006 - 10:27am [Dine in]

I had been here before(over a year ago)and loved it: food, ambience, everything. When I phoned to make a reservation this time I was told that the restaurant's been bought back by its original owner and that there have been changes including the re-introduction of meat dishes and that they no longer take reservations. No problem. Especially with its original owner/chef I expected a great meal and was assured that the music and atmosphere had not changed.

Dont get me wrong, the food was fantastic. And, in fact, the service was excellent too, which is why I can't get over how obnoxious the chef was. The restaurant was packed and the 2 girls on shift were doing a great job and doing it with smiles on their faces. At one point the chef came out to greet a large birthday party seated at the center table - he was all smiles and handshakes but two seconds later berated his servers in front of us all. Excuse the pun but it turned my stomach. He circulated frequently and on each pass barked impatient orders to the girls, pointing out things they were apparently failing to do and yet at each table people seemed happy.
My advice to the chef:
NUMBER ONE: If your staff don't know how to do the job then someone has failed to hire/ train/staff the shift effectively. Rethink your management style.
NUMBER TWO: diners are generally sympathetic to servers who are friendly and attentive - When you berate them in front of us, it makes us dislike you and detracts from the whole experience. I am left thinking more about the uncomfortable atmosphere you created than your fabulous dishes.
NUMBER THREE: Get over yourself. The era of the fashionably tyranical chef is over.
My advice to the staff: Quit.
My advice to diners: I wish I could tell you to go but I really can't say I want to support the place.
I wish I could but I wont go back.

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Oh so NOT convinient
By Deb of greater Van. (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 8, 2006 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

I took my adult children to dinner at Habibis. I was very disappointed by the overall experience. We arrived to find that there was not any beer, they do not accept the entertainment coupon from the 2006 book, the restaurant was cold as the sliding doors were open and when asked, were not closed. I had to go the corner to store to get cash, as they were not taking debit or credit cards (at this time) and they did not offer to give me my $1.50 service charge back; also for being known as a "Vegetarian"restaurant, it was a suprise to find meat on the menu! The food however was very good and we had a good time because we overlooked the many disappointments. We have frequented the restaurant several times over the past 4/5years and I hope that with Richard's return it can pull out of the slump.

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