Al Waha Restaurant 1

75 Westbourne Grove,Bayswater , London, W2 4UL

  • Al Waha, Paddington, London
  • Al Waha, Paddington, London

SquareMeal Review of Al Waha Restaurant

Londoners love Lebanese food, especially the meze: the lavish spread of salads, dips and grills dressed with garlic, lemon and oil and served with warm flatbread and plump olives. What makes the difference is atmosphere and service, and Al Waha has been attracting locals, food critics and newcomers for nearly 20 years with its dignified staff and satisfying cooking. We can vouch for the silky hummus, as well as the kibbeh (deep-fried patties of minced lamb and pine nuts), and the pastry triangles stuffed with walnuts and spices. The charcoal grill gives an irresistible smoky edge to pickled aubergines, lamb and chicken, as well as whole fish served with a hot, spicy sauce. The dining room is on two levels, decorated with masses of greenery and fine calligraphy on the walls. Outside there’s a small terrace with pots of olive and bay trees. “Solid and consistently good” notes a regular.

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Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Mary S. 25 June 2010

I have never had anything but an incredible meal at Al Waha. Favourite items: their silky, light hummous, the fattoush salad, the tabbouleh, and anything they do with courgettes or aubergines. It's the perfect place to go with my vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, and gluten-free friends, as the chefs have a complete range of freshly-prepared options, and always have a selection of items that will appeal to all the people in my party. You can make an entire meal just of the incredible starters — and they bake their own bread, so hot, fresh bread, light as air hummous, a bowl of fresh salad, some stuffed vine leaves, and I'm pretty much in heaven! (Of course, a piece of baklava won't be refused!) The service is attentive but not hovering, the restaurant itself is elegant but comfortable — like a chic Middle Eastern living room really. People come here to relax and enjoy, and to eat — this is not a loud or touristy restaurant, it's an elegant destination for those who truly love Middle Eastern, Arabic and Lebanese prepared at the highest level.

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