The lentil soup is dark and earthy, and also has a fantastic texture, deep and rich yet not too thick.
The name "Shi Chai" is a combination of the word "shisha meaning "smoke and "chai meaning "tea.".
We also tried the spinach pie which had a perfect crust and comes with potato salad, surprisingly a traditional Middle Eastern dish.
Cigarette smoking is not permitted in the restaurant, nor do they serve alcohol.
To ensure the best possible flavor, Rasouli says he has more than 60 hookahs for customer use because he never uses more than one flavor of shisha in a water pipe.The day-after affect of hookah smoking isn't as intense as being a non-smoker in a bar and getting a "smoke hangover but we could definitely feel post-hookah affects in our lungs.Center., opened quietly in Riverwest last week, and thanks to a cozy-yet-spacious atmosphere and a stellar menu stuffed with Mediterranean soul food, it's the most promising venture to open in the area since African restaurant and nightclub, Club Timbuktu.Shisha is almost entirely made from molasses and various fruits, but does have.005 percent tobacco.The slightly buttery taste in many of the dishes comes from, we think, the olive oil, and puts many of the meals in the "comfort food" category.According to Ann Rasouli, Shi Chai will have live music in the near future.It comes wrapped in lavash, Persian bread that's a cross between the softness of a tortilla and the appearance of matzo.
While waiting for our feast, we sipped cups of blood orange, jasmine rooibos and coco mint tea, chosen from an extensive tea list.
This potato salad is different from the American or German version, and tastes like deviled eggs.
However, the current seating arrangement didn't prevent us from staying for almost three hours.
Although the space was formerly an appliance shop, it easily transforms into a groovy, sophisticated lounge.
All of the teas are served in hand-stuffed, hand-tied tea bags, and Rasouli, working as both chef and wait staff, was quick to refill mugs with hot water.Smoking a hookah makes you feel lightheaded and happy, but the buzz only lasts for a couple of minutes.Because of the incredibly affordable prices - everything.99 or less - on a recent visit we basically went buck wild and ordered whatever machines a sous gratuites free slots palace jumped out at us on the menu.You must be 18 years old to smoke a hookah.One of the diners in our grouped remarked how they, literally, melt in your mouth.