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 home.)
We prepare the best Lebanese food, and we do so by using fresh products daily, employing traditional techniques in preparing our dishes.
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 indulge."
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.
Moutabel: 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.
We hope you'll agree with Guardian food critic Matthew Fort, who said:
"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."
Chef M. Antabli
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
"My favourite table" -- Colin Firth
Actor Colin Firth calls Al Waha "My favourite table"-- The Observer, / guardian.co.uk: Sunday September 21 2008