Assaha is simultaneously twee & enchanting, & very carefully promoted by a Lebanese parent company with a social conscience. The food follows a comfortingly familiar pattern, from a harvest festival of raw vegetables & pickles to start things off, through assorted mezze plates (moutabal, garlic-scented labneh & hoummos) to shawarma & grills, plus fruit & baklava to finish. After a dazzling start, readers reckon some dishes now ‘miss the mark’; service also engenders mixed reviews, from ‘amenable’ to ‘the worst’. Expect juices, coffees & hookahs, but no booze.
Venue Details & Map
29 Craven RoadPaddingtonLondonW2 3BX
- Public transport:
- Lancaster Gate, Underground
Was staying nearby on business trip. Restaurant was nearly empty (not a good sign) but decided to eat here anyway.
Wait for food was terribly long. Manager came by to apologize that something was going on in kitchen but did not say what.
Finally got food after approximately 20-30 minutes.
Food was terrible and clearly not fresh.more
Went on a Saturday evening, around 7pm. Place was empty when we arrived, some more people showed up by the time we left.
The first thing that you notice is the decor. It is a well done impression of a middle-eastern house/city/market alley. It's almost tacky, but still fits the intent and looks good. It's a fairly quiet place with some background elevator type music. It would have been...more
Assaha is a good restaurant for its value. Located near Paddington station, it is definitely a place for tourists to pop in for a meal.
Pros: Waiters served food quickly and almost all at once. Generally speaking, all the dishes ordered were well cooked.
Cons: Later in the evening, the restaurant got packed and the wait staff couldn't keep up with the demand. Very disorganized management of...more
We had dinner there one night last week and LOVED it. The ambiance was perfect, with a particularly lovely interior. Our server was very pleasant, although somewhat reserved. Everything was spotless and the food was really delicious & flavorful. My husband ordered the tabbouleh appetizer, and for his main course he ordered the shish tawouk (chicken with pastry and potatoes). I opted to...more
Some friends told me about this restaurant a while ago and they said it one of a kind in London. And they raised the expectation bar really really high. And I was surprised not to find it in yelp :S . But here you go dear yelppers.
I had a go in the restaurant last night and I was really amazed by the place. The decor of the place, is absolutely stunning! You'll forget that you are in London...more