Returned to Hadiqa during the week to take advantage of these sunny Spring days – up on the rooftop there, part of the Hibernian Place development, is just the place to enjoy such weather, climbing the stairs to an oasis of greenery – plants galore – in a long, slender space. One end is under roof, the other open aired – although with shutters opening and closing as the weather dictates.
Blue and white tiles abound, olive trees, high benches and stools – all very reminiscent of North Africa and the Levant.
The menu – all dishes designed to share – picks up that Middle Eastern and Mediterranean theme – and on this occasion we began with a dish of saganaki – grilled cheese, crisp skinned, oozy underneath – topped with some pleasantly sharp pickled fig strips and drizzled with honey.
Then onto a flat bread wrapped kebab of succulent flathead, a splash of tartare and pimped up with green harissa. A substantial and very enjoyable dish. And those two dishes were more than enough for our lunch.
(We added a small dish of the house harissa to our order, and while a tasty little sauce, it lacks any chilli punch which we would have liked – but not to matter, the food was excellent anyway!)
The wine list is also well put together – and we drank a bottle of Austrian rosé with our meal, Zillinger Spring Break – on a sunny day on the rooftop, the crisp dry palate and bouquet of cherries and rose petals seemed to fit the food like a glove.
Hadiqa continues to impress with its brand of Middle Eastern cuisine, well put together drinks list, and eye catching set up. A highlight of Perth’s East End.