The Telegraph, 21 Nov 2010,
"Glorious food is served at Al Waha...Hummus kawarmah, in which the
chickpea purea was topped with pine nuts and scrunchy chunks of fried
lamb, was luxuriantly rich, smooth and creamy, and tabbouleh as zingingly
light and herby a parsley salad as you could wish to meet. Moutabel,
mashed aubergine infused with sesame paste and lemon juice, had a fabulously
deep, smoky flavour, and the alluringly named foul moukala matched the
plumpest broad beans to lashings of garlic, coriander and olive oil."
the full review.
of the Top Ten Restaurants in London¯
Charles Campion's London Restaurant Guide, 2006
In April 2006, award-winning food critic Charles Campion named Al Waha
as the only Arabic/Lebanese restaurant in his new book, the London Restaurant
Guide (Profile Books.)
Time Out Guide to Eating & Drinking in London's Red Star of Excellence,
Al Waha has featured in The Time Out Guide to Eating & Drinking in London
every year since 1998 carrying the red star of excellence:
"Al-Waha continues to impress... it manages to offer authentic Lebanese
Food at fair prices in satisfying, smart surroundings. The staff get
gold stars for their courtesy and helpfulness and obviously enjoy helping
customers choose an extensive menu."
"the great Lebanese...Al Waha on Westbourne Grove, the best by some
distance in all the land..."
Giles Coren, Restaurant Critic, The Times of London, April 2009
East in London -- Feature Review
The prestigious magazine, The
Middle East in London, featured review of Al Waha in the October
2007 issue. The magazine is published by the London Middle East Institute
of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
The LMEI's Director, Robert Springborg, reviewed the restaurant, saying:
"Those of us living in London and who have a penchant for
Lebanese fare are indeed fortunate..."
Read the entire review
is a Winner of Prestigious Awards
Middle Eastern Restaurant of the Year, Moet & Chandon \ Carlton TV
London Restaurant Awards, 200 1, 2002
"Al-Waha's Lebanese menu is rich and varied and should be read right
to the back where the daily specials reside - they are always superb...
Anissa Helou, author of the best Lebanese cook book fully supports the
awards judges' decision and also believes Al-Waha is the top Lebanese
restaurant in town."
Tio Pepe/Carlton London Restaurant Awards -- 2003
Evening Standard/London Tonight Award Nominee -- 2003
60 Best restaurants across London able to offer lunch or dinner for
two (with house wine or equivalent) for £60 or less.
Wall Street Journal
Al-Waha was identified by the Wall Street
Journal as "[one of] four outstanding local outposts of exotic cuisines"
- Al-Waha is a "sensational little Lebanese gem..."
- "brilliantly executed classics such as hummus, tabbouleh,
- Al-Waha is "an example of refined and authentic
presentation of a well-known...cuisine."
Out: London When It Sizzles, Wall Street Journal, March 22, 2008,
by Raymond Sokolov
About.com, A New York
Love Al Waha
best Lebanese food in London."
~ Charles Campion, Evening Standard
One of the ten best places to eat Eastern food¯
~ Independent in London
"Al-Waha is a modest restaurant with high standards. The food is
genuine and awesomely fresh."
~ Charles Campion
"The hummous arrives as work of decorative art as well as tasting wonderful;
the breads rise above their rivals; fabulous falafels, superb sambousek...
deftness distinguishes the meze magicked up in a calming restaurant
that understands attention to detail; this is what matters when you
~ Caroline Stacey
"A delightful showcase for some of the most delicious food in London"
~ Matthew Fort
Evening Standard Metro Life - February
"...What distinguished this Bayswater restaurant is friendly, serene
service and meticulous care in the preparation of the myriad mezes and
many grills." ~ Fay Mashchler
Telegraph - December 2002
"Al-Waha... the food is excellent... Warm staff keep their cool no matter
how busy it gets."
~ Jan Moir
Times Magazine - March 2002
"Al-Waha has none of the hookahs and belly-dancing silliness of the
Edgware Road gangster hangouts, just the best Arabic food I've had in
London. There is a fantastic range of well executed dishes and all sort
of ways to make your first foray into the raw lamb experience."
~ Giles Coren
www.londonrestaurantreview.com - November 2001
"Food is excellent... we were give a delicious selection of starters,
some dishes I had never see before... great selection of breads, the
main course was grilled meat perfectly cooked... The best meal I have
had in London for a long time."
Financial Times - July 2001
"The menu at Al-Waha is no different from that of any other traditional
Lebanese restaurant. But it is the proprietor's attention to detail
and his insistence on extreme freshness that makes his food among the
best in London."
Caterer - May 2001
"Al-Waha tries to cook food as it is done in the home, with attention
to detail and no short cuts... Al-Waha, the Lebanese restaurant that
received the award for the best Middle Eastern restaurant in this month's
Moet & Chandon London Restaurant Awards, is currently riding on a wave
of positive publicity, but it has taken years of hard work to achieve
New Zealand Herald - May 2001
"Al-Waha voted the best Lebanese restaurant in London by the Evening
Standard Newspaper last year... The food was unfindly, looked fresh
and, in some cases, was artfully presented... Al-Waha's hummus will
come as revelation. Undeniably rich, it was beautifully creamy, offset
with garlic and lemon, and it was imposible not to indulge."
~ Julie Biuso
The Times - April 2001
"...Al-Waha won the Middle Eastern Restaurant of the year in this week
Carlton / Moet et Chandon London Restaurant Awards - after all, anyone
who has feasted on those light-as-air falafel and silky hoummus knows
how good the place can be... Al-Waha is quietly elegant without being
expensive... Best of all, there is sense of generosity and hospitality
that seems sadly missing in some of London's top dining establishments."
~ Jill Duplex, Fiona Beckett
Evening Standard - March 2001
"Anissa Helou, who has written the definitive book on Lebanese cuisine,
nominates Al-Waha as London's best Lebanese restaurant. And you will
probably agree with her... The service is friendly and attentive. The
cooking is very good and unusually sophisticated because the Chef goes
to great lengths to get things just so... Another thing that will become
obvious during your first visit is that main courses are very good indeed."
The Guardian - March 2001
"The hoummos at Al-WAha in Westbourne Grove, London, is a great treat:
it has the smoothest texture I have ever eaten."
~ Jeremy Lee
The Guardian - July 2000
"Al-Waha... each dish 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."
~ Matthew Fort