If you haven’t been to Habas, then you’re in for a treat as it’s a gorgeous venue just off the top of King Street. All berry velvets, crooks and crannies and some stunning decor from the region blended with Manc, it feels like a treat as soon as you step into the basement vibe.
The new £15 lunch deal, is a way to try it out for a bargain and as it’s available weekdays until 6pm (5pm Saturday and 3pm Sunday), so you can even get it as an early dinner.
It’s built around two plates (one main and one side) and includes a Beirut beer, glass of house wine, or soft drink for £15, so incredible value too.
Lamb Pitta at Habas.
We hadn’t realized that the step 1 wasn’t a starter but actually the basis of the bowl that you add your main too and then get with a side.
So, we both opted for humus (delicious) but were nonplussed a little when this came with our main dish in the bowl too. It worked really well but something to flag as you want to ensure this goes with your main.
We opted for a main of braised lamb shoulder, which was a tender, spicy treat and worked well with the humus and pitta in the bowl. Our favourite though was the chicken shawarma, which was just simply
gorgeous and a standout.
As well as hummus, you can choose pitta and house slaw or mix-leafed salad as the bowl for your main.
Sides are huge and we shared ours so we could try the Persian-style rice (fragrant loveliness) and batata harra, a spicy fried potatoes served with dill sour cream, which we could have eaten all day.
Interior at Habas.
There’s also a fried aubergine side, served with pomegranate molasses and mint yogurt, which we’ll be back to try.
Staff and service are great, and Habas filled up as we whiled our time catching up, giving a bustle and enjoyable atmosphere to enjoy this great food.
As well as our dishes, diners can also choose from crispy fried halloumi (v), roast sweetcorn falafel (vg) and Merguez sausage – a spiced lamb sausage burger.
Shwarma at Habas.
Coinciding with the launch of the new menu and perfect for those with the option of turning lunch into a long and indulgent afternoon is Habas’ new drinks menu, featuring a number of new and exclusive cocktails.
The new lunch menu is available weekdays 12pm–6pm, Saturday 12pm–5pm, and Sunday 12pm–3pm. Located at 43a Brown St, just off King Street, the Michelin-listed, modern Middle Eastern restaurant and bar combines Grade 2 heritage features with furnishings sourced from the vast region to create a venue unlike any other in Manchester.
VIVA verdict: An absolute bargain of an offer and one to treat yourself to without breaking the bank.