Thanet’s first Lebanese restaurant is inviting people to try out its authentic food and try a shisha in the heated garden.
Pasha, in Northdown Road, Cliftonville, opened in June after running a restaurant business in London for 12 years.
The heated garden is for tea and shisha from a hookah – which is used for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco. The vapor or smoke is passed through a water basin—often glass-based—before inhalation (see below for health implications).
Shisha pipes use tobacco sweetened with fruit or molasses sugar, which makes the smoke more aromatic than that from a cigarette. Popular flavourings include apple, plum, coconut, mango, mint, strawberry and cola. Wood, coal, or charcoal is burned in the shisha pipe to heat the tobacco and create the smoke because the fruit syrup or sugar makes the tobacco damp.
Pasha offer a variety of flavours from mint to bubble gum and even Irn Bru.
The restaurant also offers a Middle Eastern menu using authentic Lebanese ingredients and local suppliers.
Owner Khaled Alduhbaybi, who lives in Birchington, has also taken over the kitchen for lunches and evening meals at the Royal Crescent Victoria on Fort Crescent and plans to run a shisha garden in the outdoor area. A website for that venue will be live from Monday (December 3).
The restaurant is currently taking Christmas party bookings. Call 01843 228850.