It’s hard to find a new kosher restaurant opening in Los Angeles that actually offers compelling food. But Hasiba brings something fresh and well-composed out of the gate for Pico-Robertson and the kosher corridor down Pico Boulevard. The Lodge Bread team of Alex Phaneuf, Or Amsalam, and Ben Amsalam opened Hasiba last week in a tiny slot that features about a dozen seats inside (many communal) and a tight sidewalk patio. The menu isn’t too expansive but it boasts loads of flavors despite hewing to a kosher and all-vegetarian menu.
It starts with a trio of hummus, which can be modified with stewed chickpeas, wild mushrooms, or heirloom carrots with dukkah olive oil. There’s definitely a strong slant toward Israeli and Morrocan flavors. The bill of fare has two shakshuka, a star dish that remains on the menu at Lodge Bread. Both shakshuka and hummus come with plush grilled pita bread that must be among the city’s best.
The pita sandwiches are a completely new addition from the Lodge Team, and they must weigh two pounds. The sabich sandwich comes with crispy roasted eggplant, potato, and hard-boiled egg.
Beyond the sandwiches, shakshuka, and hummus, Hasiba serves five salads, some on the smaller and simpler side like an Israeli salad of tomato, cucumber, carrot, and herbs to a roasted cauliflower salad with chermoula raisins and tahina. Virtually everything on the menu costs around $10 to 13, which means Hasiba is relatively affordable in addition to staying kosher.
Hasiba serves 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday to Friday, closed at 6 p.m. on Friday and closed Saturday for Shabbat.
Hasiba. 8532 Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035.