Al Waha means "oasis,"
and at the award-winning Al Waha restaurant, you'll dine on our
carefully prepared Middle Eastern specialties, all in a peaceful,
relaxed, yet elegant environment. (We are the same Al Waha you remember
from the Piccadilly area -- we've just left the hustle and bustle
of the West End, and now call the more tranquil Notting Hill area
We prepare the best
Lebanese food, and we do so by using fresh products daily, employing
traditional techniques in preparing our dishes.
You'll enjoy our popular
entrees, including delicately marinated and grilled meats, poultry
and seafood. Don't forget to end with any one of our popular sweets,
including hand-made baklawa. And don't miss our selection of premiere
Lebanese wines, and traditionally-prepared coffees.
Start with our renowned mezze (starters/appetizers) -- including
our specially prepared olives imported from around the world, our
"light as air" falafel, savory sambousek, the freshest salads, and
our famous hummus, which has been described by various food writers
as "a revelation, undeniably rich...silky...and impossible not to
We hope you'll agree with Guardian food critic Matthew Fort,
carried an authentic hallmark of proper Middle Eastern cooking -
peppy spices, singing herbs, shining flavors, health and happiness
in every mouthful...not a stale note, not a sloppy detail in evidence,
even in standard items."
Also, if you are a vegetarian, vegan
or pescatarian, or following a healthy "Mediterranean Diet," you'll
be pleased to find that Al Waha offers a wide selection of delectable
starters and entrees, all carefully prepared to order, using the freshest
vegetables, spices, beans and ingredients. Our Lebanese cuisine includes
many delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes, and our focus on the freshest
ingredients, and grilling and baking rather than frying, make dining
with Al Waha not only delicious, but healthy!
Please explore our
menu, take a look (and try!) some of our sample recipes, and feel
free to contact me personally if I can help you in any way. I look
forward to having you as our guest at Al Waha soon.
M. Bader-Alden Antabli
Alwaha Restaurant on Facebook
Our Art and Logo: Mouneer al-Shaarani
paintings in Al Waha, and Al Waha's logo, are by renowned
calligrapher artist Mouneer
Al-Shaarani was born in 1952 in Syria. He has worked as
a calligrapher since 1967 and graduated from the College
of Fine Arts in Damascus in 1977. Al-Shaarani was a student
of the great Syrian calligrapher Badawi al-Dirani.
Al-Shaarani is a leading light in the field of Arabic
calligraphy. His work extends from the traditional to
the experimental by combining calligraphy with modern
art, creating thus genuine oriental pieces bearing his
unique mark and brilliant insight into shaping the meaning
of Arabic poetry, sayings and the Holy Koran.
Over the 30 years that span his career, al-Shaarani has
exhibited and taught all over the world. He has contributed
to a number of magazines and written a number of books
on the subject. His work is exhibited at the British Museum
until September ’06 as part of an exhibition dedicated
to Arabic calligraphy.
Please ask the management for further information on the
exhibits or the artist and his work.
Grilled eggplant with sesame paste and lemon juice
Moutabel is a dip like hummus, but it is a completely different
experience. Like hummus, moutabel is regularly found on nearly
every Middle Eastern table. In this recipe the eggplants are
grilled, however they can also be fried. You may be familiar
with a form of this dish known by another name, babaganoush.
In the past the eggplants would be pounded and mixed with all
other ingredients by hand in a large copper bowl. I can remember
my mother assigning me the task of garlic crusher.
...Click for the recipe