Hiba Street is the third eatery from Hiba Express. They serve a selection of items available from the main Lebanese / Palestinian inspired Hiba menu, with the emphasis on food that can be eaten on the go! Read our interview with Azeez, a Partner at Hiba Street, below.

Describe your relationship with food in three words.

Hungry, Passionate, Selective.

If you weren’t a street food trader what would you be doing? Tell us about your journey.

I started off as a banker but joined my brother in London initially to help sort out an accounting system. However, I fell in love with the actual restaurant – Hiba – and now manage it full time. Eventually I would like to have my own farm back in Palestine – and make my own cheese!

What would be your last supper or your last meal on earth be if you could choose?

Watermelon.

Who would you love to cook for (past or present)?

I would love to cook for our head chef, who is a grandmother, but she refuses to eat anything other what she has cooked herself!

What is your foodie guilty pleasure?

Watermelon-again!

What’s been the hardest thing so far?

The long hours. Our business starts well before the door opens and keeps running well after the last customer leaves. As I also manage the day to day running of the business behind the scenes, I effectively have two careers.

What’s been the highlight so far?

The people I have worked with in my restaurants – we are like a big dysfunctional family!
What advice would you give to people who are thinking of starting their own street food business?

Stick to a handful of dishes only – quality over quantity any day of the week.

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