The CairoScene team headed out to Event Republic's Wahawi kheima last night and it proved to be a Ramadan revelation for Eihab Boraie...
Last night was a lot of firsts for me. It was my first time having souhour on a boat on za Nile. It was my first time playing Pictionary, as well as my first time playing FIFA 2013 on a Playstation 3. I guess what I am saying is last night was my first time at Wahawi and I loved it.
My first impression of the place was that it wasn't what I was expecting. The last time I went to a kheima, it looked like Ramadan puked all over just about everything from the walls to tables. I was expecting at least five fanooses per square metre and that the music would be nauseating, reminding me every few seconds that indeed it is Ramadan. However, this is not what I found at Wahawi. In fact I found the opposite. Yes, there were a couple of fanooses leading up the stairs but essentially it didn't look like the typical kheima at all. It had a dept touch when it came to decorations with a chilled out vibe and most importantly no flashing lights. I knew right away this was going to be my kind of kheima.
The night began with good company and even better shisha. I'm not used to being able to talk to my friends in a social setting as, normally, any time I go out, the music is obnoxiously loud. This was not the case at Wahawi. The DJ was very selective and knew his role was to play soothing music that enhances the atmosphere, not ruin it. There was a lot of us and before very long half of us were playing Pictionary while the other half were playing FIFA on the flatscreen. It seemed like there was something for everyone. By the time Monopoly Deal was being played, I found myself familiarising myself with the Playstation. This was the only mistake I made that evening as I lost in a very convincing manner. Surely, I can't blame Wahawi for my loss, but I did anyways. As a consolitation prize, the food arrived and I was eager to ditch the controller for a falafel and a bottle of Coke. That's right - Coke in a retro bottle, not that useless Pepsi in a can.
The food was great and we especially enjoyed the taboula, hawashi, and the baby pitta shawerma sandwiches. I couldn't get enough, but perhaps I was binge eating to deal with my loss. The jury is still out on that, but the verdict is in on Wahawi: if you are looking for a chill spot with good food, a great view and plenty of fun and games, then look no further than Wahawi.