Fen-tastic to be here – tapas and tea in Littleport
Welcome to our blog and our Spanish restaurant. Habis is over a year old – 21 months to be precise -and we thought it was about time we introduced ourselves and the rest of the Habis family. I am Javier and I hail from the Andalucia region of Spain, though I’ve been in the UK for over 20 years. I started the restaurant with my fellow Spaniard and chef Fabian Macas, who hails from Madrid.
At Habis we’ve tried to bring some south Spanish flavour – like tapas and paella – and fused it with local fayre to create something special in midst of the Cambridgeshire village of Littleport.
The geometrical design that the restaurant favours hails from Andalucia and the name was of a famous Spanish king who lived over 2000 years ago. Famed for his love of the land and agriculture, he could well have been king of Cambridgeshire! In fact, he was credited with inventing the yoke and his father invented ploughing methods which are still used today. So, it seems only natural to have our Spanish restaurant somewhere where the land plays such a big part of the cultural life of Cambridgeshire – hence here we are in Littleport.
Ingredients for our restaurant’s paella, tapas and other dishes are all locally sourced and fresh – and over the coming weeks and months in our weekly blog we’ll let you into the secrets of some the recipes on our menus and give you a taste of Spanish and British fusion, as well as let you know a bit more about us and the history of our dishes which we know you will love.
Not only does Habis want to establish itself in your tummies but in the community as well. Over the coming months we are sponsoring various events such as the Ely Hero Awards (which launched on Monday – we’ll be providing all the food for the event) and in the restaurant itself we want to showcase the richness not only of the land but of the artistic talent that the county is renowned for. We currently have an exhibition by local artist Peter Denmark – of whom more in next week’s blog – so why not pop in for freshly made cakes and coffee (or even tapas) while you feel the stirrings of the artist within you?
And don’t forget the most important woman in your life – mother – or madre as we say In Spanish. Our Spanish restaurant has created a special Mother’s Day menu for March 31 – keep an eye on the website and Facebook page…nothing shows “amor” for your “madre” like tapas!