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WARAK ENAB Bi-Zayt, Al Fattoush, Gambari al Salata, Hisaa al Dajaj, Rakaek Bil Jiben ... these captivating names create an ambience of The Arabian Nights. If you want to explore the pages of The Arabian Nights once again, just hop into Hookah, the new Lebanese restaurant in the Priya Complex at Vasant Vihar.

Hookah presents a variety of dishes, which in one word can be described as different. The month-old restro-bar is fast growing in popularity with its strange and compelling ambience. Great care has been taken to give the restaurant a rugged and unfinished look to create the sensuousness of the Mediterranean streets.

Hookah is divided into three levels. The first level has two sections, one being the cigar lounge that has deep red walls with rich upholstery, low seating and a wooden floor to create a perfect ambience to enjoy flavoured hookahs. The second section is the private dining area for people who prefer exclusivity. The second level houses the bar and the Deejay console; this area, which includes a dining section, is primarily for the party hoppers. The third level is a fine dining area, with white walls and dark wood furniture.

Hookah being a Lebanese restaurant promises some delectable Lebanese cuisine like the shish touk - garlic favoured chicken - and the shawarma rolls. The main course boasts of dishes like fish kabab tarator, a diced fish with walnut sauce and samke harra tarbulsiya, which is pomfret with bell pepper sauce. During the day, hungry passers-by can tuck into the tempting mezze along with fresh salads. The dessert menu is one that is hard to find in most Lebanese restaurants in Delhi. Baklava and sharia with ice cream are a few items from the dessert menu. The Hookah tells a saga of originality but not of flawlessness in these times of anti-tobacco awareness. It's indeed a step towards the "Desert Royal".

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