Review Preview: Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge

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Riyad Al Wadi, owner of Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge - JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg
  • Riyad Al Wadi, owner of Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge
This week, I visit Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge (3191 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-3940), one of the very, very, very few restaurants anywhere to serve Bedouin cuisine. (It also offers some Afghan dishes.) Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of my review.

The "Al Waha Plate" at Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge is unlike anything I've ever eaten. It doesn't look that unusual -- at least, not at first -- ground beef in a red sauce spooned over and around a mound of rice. Atop the dish are slivered almonds and what appears to be parsley. If you didn't know any better, you might think it was some impoverished student's whatever's-in-the-fridge approximation of spaghetti bolognese.

Except the "parsley" is actually mint, the sauce is made with pomegranates and chiles as well as tomatoes, and raisins and dried apricots are strewn throughout.
Visit the RFT restaurant page late tomorrow afternoon or check back here Wednesday morning to see what I think.