This long-established Westbourne Grove stalwart continues to produce Lebanese cooking of the highest order. Inside the smallish corner premises, a profusion of plants, seating on different levels and professional and friendly staff make for an atmosphere that, while not exactly informal, is comfortable. The quality of the dining experience is reflected in Al Waha’s popularity – it was buzzing on a recent evening visit. We began our meal with some diverse meze dishes: a gloriously oily, chilli-hot, nutty muhamara; a bright, lemony fuul moukala (fried broad beans); fattoush salad bursting with freshness, the crisp salad warmed by sumac spice, the toasted pitta bread crunchy; and the warmly flavoured comfort dish moujadara – a mixture of rice and lentils, topped with crisp caramelised onion. There was tabouleh too, composed of the tiniest chopped shreds of herbs with lashings of tangy lemon. As we ate, bread came regularly and unobtrusively to the table, served warmed and puffed up from the oven. We shared a mixed grill too: perfectly tender chunks of lamb, chicken and köfte. This was a reminder of how Lebanese food should be – traditionally and painstakingly prepared and a joy to eat.
|Venue name:||Al Waha||Contact:|
75 Westbourne Grove
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-11.30pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Bayswater or Queensway tube|
|Price:||Main courses £11-£17. Set lunch £13.50-£15. Set dinner £22 per person (minimum 2) 2 courses, £26 per person (minimum 2) 3 courses. Cover £1.50. Minimum (dinner) £13.50|
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Very dissapointed. A friend of mine organised dinner for us in this resturant. I enquired whether the food is halal and waiter gave me a very hesitatnt 'yeeeees' and when i asked where is the certificate his answer 'we do not have one'. So I concluded it was not halal so please be aware of that. When we ordered we were told we have to order above or equal to £13.50 not less. my friend that booked this resturant enquired no one told her and they said we do not usually say on the phone. The food was average nothing special. Overpriced and woud not recommend!
I brought some friends to Al Waha as it had been a decent restaurant in the past. This time, we ordered two bottles of the house wine. The waiter asked us if we wanted French or Lebanese wine. We told him we wanted the house. He told us that both were house wines. At the end of the meal, we received the bill. The wine was double the price of the house wine we ordered. We quietly mentioned this to the waiter and he just laughed at us. He said he didn't think it was necessary to tell us that the house wine was two different prices. We spoke to a number of different staff members and they were incredibly rude to us. We explained that we were repeat customers but they didn't care. We will never go there again. So dishonest.