Al Waha – Notting Hill

Al Waha is a Lebanese restaurant located in the middle of Westbound Grove in Notting Hill. You can see that Al Waha it’s not a franchise restaurant (like everything in London), from its outdoor aspect: the full building has a violet pastel colour that clashes completely with its surroundings. The decor inside is a bit cringy too, most probably the restaurant has been open quite a while and now it would be the right time for a full renovation. But, please don’t be discouraged by the looks, because it would be a shame! The place is pretty small and quiet and the staff is remarkably polite.

After ordering your food, the waiter will bring you a very healthy appetizer: a bowl with some lettuce, one entire tomato, some carrots and a piece cucumber with some olives in a small bowl on a side. I guess you can decide to leave it or starting munching on the veggies like a bunny!

Moussakaat Batinjan

Their is food is simply amazing! The veggie tasting menu, has a little bit of everything you could find on the a la carte menu: falafels, hummus, Babaganush, mixed pickled veggies, fatayer. Most of these food are pretty common in our lives, but the quality of the ingredients is to the level, nothing comparable to what we can find at the supermarket. The Moussakaat Batinjan is a small bowl with fried aubergines with chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, garlic, and spices. It’s one of the cold starters and it seems that has been taken out from the freezer just before serving it. The dish itself is delicious, but due to weather conditions (Summer where the F are you?) and my personal taste, it could have been a little bit warmer.

Fatayer

Fatayer is a hot starter made of puff pastry stuffed with spinach, onions, pomegranate, pine nuts, and walnuts. Most probably, the pastry isn’t vegan since it’s not specified. The taste is delicate and simple really homemade style.

The baclava are on the house are the can be really sweet for whoever isn’t a dessert lover. It’s really difficult to find some genuine place here in London, so I was quite surprised when I tried Al Waha. I strongly suggest you go and see for yourself at least on time. The prices a slightly cheaper than other restaurants so it’s a win-win situation!

Let me know in the comments, if you ever tried Al Waha restaurant, I am curious to know your opinion!

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