People here have been talking about Hasiba, the new kosher restaurant on Pico, near La Cienega, from the Lodge Bread people, so I decided to give it a try.
Shakshuka is one of my favorite things in the world, so I ordered that, together with a small side Israeli salad.
I did not like the shakshuka at all. It was not properly spiced and the tomato sauce had a burnt off-putting taste. They are definitely not using high quality ingredients to make that shakshuka. The Israeli salad was some chopped up cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots. There was a sprinkling of fresh herbs, which was nice, but the olive oil in which the salad was dressed was not good quality so the dish was neither tasty nor interesting. The shakshuka came with a piece of pita. The pita has been gathering both yays and nays here. I’m in the nay category. To me, it tasted like a big, bland, squishy, spongy nothing (kind of like Wonder Bread). A total waste of carbs.
Although I knew that Hasiba was a quick casual concept, the other thing I did not appreciate about the place before going was that there is but a single high communal table with very uncomfortable cheap stools. Between the uncomfortable seating and the music blasting, not a great atmosphere to dine in, and shakshuka is definitely not a take out food.
With tip and a small bottle of Perrier, my lunch was $27. At that high price point, given the unpleasant atmosphere and the fact that I do not believe they are using quality ingredients, I personally would not return to try the other menu items.