I first visited Tiba’s when I was still working in Preston a few years back, and I’ve been meaning to come back time and time again, but since it’s not on my side of town, things were made slightly more difficult.
Stepping into the restaurant, it was just as I remembered, although the decor isn’t much, it was spacious and clean, and the smell of the grilled meat was so tentalising. After placing our order, a basket of complimentary bread was placed on the table, and the food arrived shortly after.
Tiba’s is known for their massive platters that’s filled with salad, pickles, dips, and meat, and this is a great platter to sample everything.
There was garden salad, tabouli, a yogurt-cucumber dip, hommus, lamb and chicken sharwarma, grilled shish kafta, lamb cutlet, and a sausage.
The grilled shish kafta had a mix of spices and was very morish; the lamb cutlet was so juicy, with a good smoky flavour from the grill. All the other meat were great too, but my personal favourite was the chicken shawarma, I’m always impressed when the chicken is tender and done well, because chicken is harder to get right than say, lamb.
It was fun to try out a mix of things and wrapping it up with the pita bread, my favourite combination was chicken sharwarma, with a bit of tabouli, hommus and rice.
Tiba’s House was essentially an expanded version of the Mixed Grill, with a larger selection of entree items. The falafel was a bit disappointing for me, although extremely crunchy, the filling of chickpea lacked any distinct flavour.
The main plate had the same item as the mixed grill.
We shared the two set items between the four of us, and although we were starving, there was more than enough food to go around. In fact, we still had a whole take away container full of food left.
Tiba’s was everything I remembered and more, the service was succinct but friendly enough, and the food ticked the boxes in both serving size and quality. My only wish is its location, but I just found out they’ve also opened up a restaurant on Lygon St, which is slightly easier to get to. For a cheap and cheerful Lebanese pick-me-up though, I would always be down to go all the way across town.
How to get there:
Tiba’s Lebanese is located on Sydney Road, catch the tram #19 and get off at stop #23 Victoria Street/Sydney Road, and the restaurant is 100 metres away.