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Waterfalls Cafe

Alex | Sep 10, 2005 07:51 AM

Had a wonderful party at Waterfalls last night. You guys are right; Wafa is such an affable and charming host. I originally booked a table for 15, but that grew to 18 plus one baby. Her son Sam helped with the waiting and ordering, and he was a cute kid; he'll definitely be ready to take over when the time is right. With the wine flowing and platters of food coming in from all different directions, we were a little boisterous, but Wafa didn't seem to mind. We actually gave Sam a round of applause when he left at around 10:30 to go home, just like the office when someone leaves early. To any fellow Chowhounders who were there, my apologies if we were too noisy.

Anyways, the food was awesome. I just asked Wafa to serve us whatever she thought we'd like, so I didn't even look at the menu. We had the fatoush salad, which was amazing. It was a chopped salad with bits of toasted pita in it, acting like croutons. An amazing contrast of texture. Simply tossed with a little bit of oil and vinegar, it hit the spot after our mezze of hummus, baba ganoush and red pepper dip. These dips were excellent. Just the right amount of smokiness in the eggplant, and the hummus was creamy and delectable as well. The red pepper dip had a unique flavor of smoke and sweetness; it was unlike anything I tried before. It went very well with the Merlot we had on the table.

Wafa then brought out our main course, which were platters of meat and veggies. These were all served family style. Each platter had grape leaves (both wide and thin), string beans, potatoes, tabouleh, carrot salad, eggplant salad and another sort of white bean salad. Beautiful compliments to the meat. The carrot salad was tangy yet wasn't mushy. The potatoes -- they were cubed and fried and then marinated in a slightly spicy red sauce. We ordered an extra portion of the potatoes. On the meat side, we had shish kebab, kofta kebabs, shish tawook (chicken), and kibbeh balls. The chicken I thought was good, but some of my dining companions thought it was a little dry. So we ordered some more chicken, and fresh from the grill, it was gobbled up in a minute. Extremely moist and grilled to perfection. I also loved the kibbeh balls -- the lamb with the onions and pine nuts were scrumptuous not only in flavor, but texture. Not gummy, not falling apart. We then proceeded to order some tuna, salmon and shrimp. They were grilled and then put into a garlic sauce. All were very good.

For dessert, we had the baklava, which wasn't as sweet as some places. Also tried a piece honey cake, which tasted like a toasted cocount cake. Couldn't really taste the honey in that, but it wasn't bad. They were perfect compliments to the coffee and a perfect ending to a wonderful meal. She didn't charge us for the desserts or coffee.

The price was ridiculously low. Amazingly cheap, and we were all stuffed beyond belief. Even if Meditteranean/Middle Eastern food is not your thing, try it -- you'll be amazed, and you won't be too much lighter in the wallet, either. The hosts are so charming and friendly. It's like you're eating in her home. Thank you Wafa for an amazing dining and social experience.

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