Selected for the Time Out Recommended Awards 2017
Time Out editors consider Al Waha to be "one of the best restaurant in London".
The Telegraph, 21 Nov 2010, Matthew Norman
"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." Read the full review.
One 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, 1998-2004
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
Hardens Guide to London Restaurants 2009
The exclusive Hardens Guide to London Restaurants 2009 has featured Al Waha, calling it "a 'cosy' Bayswater Lebanese attracting steady praise for its 'delicious' food and 'unvarying' standards."
Middle 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..."
Al-Waha 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" in London.
Al-Waha is a "sensational little Lebanese gem..."
"brilliantly executed classics such as hummus, tabbouleh, muhammarah..."
Al-Waha is "an example of refined and authentic presentation of a well-known...cuisine."
-- Eating Out: London When It Sizzles, Wall Street Journal, March 22, 2008, by Raymond Sokolov
About.com, A New York Times Company
"Freshly baked flat breads are the perfect accompaniment to the delicious hummous...Wonderful attention to detail with food presentation." -- Laura Porter, About.com London for Visitors
Food Critics Love Al Waha
"...the 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 eat out"
~ Caroline Stacey
"A delightful showcase for some of the most delicious food in London"
~ Matthew Fort
Evening Standard Metro Life - February 2003
"...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 the accolade."
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