Riyad Alwadi, owner of Al Waha, greets guests with a taste of Bedouin coffee. View a full slideshow from Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge.
Riyad Alwadi, owner of Al Waha, greets guests with a taste of Bedouin coffee. View a full slideshow from Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge.

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Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge

3191 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118

Category: Restaurant > Afghan

Region: St. Louis - South Grand

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Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge
Musakaah...$5.50
"Al Waha Plate"...$9.95
Qabelli palau...$12.95
3191 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-3940.
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
(Hookah lounge open 9 p.m.-midnight Sun.-Thu., 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Fri.-Sat.)

I do understand the presence of the Afghan dishes at Al Waha. Sameem had its fans (myself included), and given the general lack of knowledge about Bedouin cuisine, Al Waha's owner is smart to hedge his bets. Still, none of the Afghan or the broader "Middle Eastern" dishes were as compelling as the "Al Waha Plate," and on future visits here, I would love to have more opportunities to be at a loss for words.

Correction published 6/24/10: In the original version of this story, we stated that Riyad Al Wadi was also the owner of Petra Café & Hookah Lounge; in fact, he sold the establishment last year. Also, we reported that hookah smoking was only available after the kitchen closes, when a separate section is available all day long.
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