Habibi Tapas Grill opens after long wait in Landmark District

Small plates and big hearts is the motto of Habibi Tapas Grill.

After more than a year of patiently waiting to open to the public, owners Bassem Jawhari and Selina Kersey are delighted to welcome the community to their newly renovated space.

Jawhari moved from Calgary over a year ago, after a long career in the hair industry, to try something new and pursue a long dream of opening a family restaurant.

“When I came to Kelowna I thought maybe I wouldn’t hang up my scissors or my comb, but I’m definitely going to get some pans and make some noise in this town,” Jawhari laughed.

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“I am very grateful, everyone was fantastic. People have challenged me to create truly authentic dishes, whether from Israel, Spain or Italy. So I’m definitely going to surprise Kelowna with fantastic things this fall.”

Habibi will be offering some traditional Mediterranean and Lebanese tapas style dishes, something meant to be shared with the whole table, a great way to try a variety of things on the menu.

Homemade hummus, traditional tabouli, fattoush, artichoke, baba ganoush, kibbeh, kabobs, shawarma, shish tawook burger, and lahm bi ajeen are just a few items that stand out on their menu.

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“The whole concept here is that this food is meant to be shared, and we want you to have a little bit of this and a little bit of that and the opportunity to try as much as you can,” explains Kersey.

“Our smoked baba ganoush certainly seems to be the big hit on the menu.”

This duo will be in the kitchen every morning at 7am preparing their fresh ingredients from local farmers, and their menu will be rotated consistently to accommodate seasonal ingredients.

They’ve only been open for less than a week and have already seen some successful dinners along with their quick lunches that are sure to be a hit in the Landmark neighborhood.

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Not only do they offer these delectable appetizers, but from Thursday through Saturday they host live entertainment, with belly dancers entertaining the guests in the evenings.

“If I get the chance to treat you like you come in like family and hope you leave friends behind, for me that success is there, that’s basically our recipe,” added Jawhari.

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Those wishing to secure a table are encouraged to make a reservation in advance with limited seating inside, maximum about 22, with a further 14 on the patio

For more information, visit their website here, or check their socials for up-to-date information on when you can grab some live entertainment with your meal.

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