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Years in the making: Chris and Elaine Lima have opened Kebobs on the Curve, Curving Avenue, Pembroke (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Lovers of authentic Middle Eastern food have a new dining option in Bermuda.

Kebobs on the Curve has opened on Curving Avenue in Pembroke, just around the corner from the former Cake Shop.

Owners Chris and Elaine Lima, and a silent partner, have launched the takeout eatery, which features chicken, beef, wahoo and lamb kebobs, a range of Turkish-style shawarma wraps and kebob wraps, Middle Eastern-style salads, as well as hummus and pita, and mutable (eggplant dip) and pita.

The restaurant opened quietly on May 28 and had its coming-out party on Friday evening with a grand opening.

The building has previously been the home for a number of restaurants, most recently MP Chefs, which closed last summer.

Mrs Lima, an administrator at Vasco da Gama club, has a background in hospitality having worked with the Island Restaurant Group as an assistant manager, server, and bartender.

Halal food: Elaine and Chris Lima, left, the owners of the newly opened Kebobs on the Curve, on Curving Avenue, Pembroke, with Moroccan chefs, Sellami and Abdelali Hafid (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

“I really enjoy the hospitality industry. Having helped open a few restaurants, I thought ‘I can do this’. Kebobs on the Curve has been a number of years in the making.”

The owners said the new business had been embraced by the community.

Mrs Lima said: “People have been very positive. That neighbourhood is wonderful.”

Mr Lima, an underwriter, added: “We have had repeat customers almost daily. Everyone is super friendly, they have all been very welcoming.”

All meats served at Kebobs on the Curve are 100 per cent halal, meaning lawful or permitted according to Islamic dietary laws.

Grand opening: Gombey dancers perform at the launch of Kebobs on the Curve (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Meats are sourced through wholesalers on the island on a special-order basis.

The chicken is from Brazil, the lamb is from Australia and the beef is from the United States. Local produce is used when available.

Mr Lima said: “We are catering to the growing Muslim community on the island. There is nowhere for them to go out and eat.

“It’s not just a burger and fries joint; it caters to an underserved community on the restaurant scene.

“The excitement from people in the Muslim community who say ‘I see you do all halal, that’s great!’, really validates our business.”

The restaurant employs two chefs from Morocco, brothers Sellami and Abdelali Hafid, as well as four Bermudian servers.

Mrs Lima said: “It’s been good. It’s a little bit different when it’s your own money you’re spending, but with the research we did — and my experience — it has been doing pretty well.”

Kebobs on the Curve is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Thursday, and all day beginning at lunch time Friday through Sunday. They are closed on Monday.

In addition to takeout, the food is available for delivery on Sargasso.

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Published June 10, 2024 at 7:59 am (Updated June 10, 2024 at 7:23 am)

Kebobs on the Curve offers new dining option for island

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