Have you and your friends and family tried Zaitoune Restaurant in Putney, Sydney?

Zaitoune is now offering Shisha Sunday evenings to Thursday evenings every week. Shisha is the perfect way to relax after a hard day at work and perfect for enjoying some quality time with your friends and family.

A Little History About Shisha

Shisha is known all around the world by many different names such as water pipe, Hookah and okka. Shisha or a Hookah is an old delicacy from the sub-continent.  It became popular around the 15th century, when Indian glass makers began to export their goods to the West with the help of the East India Company. The base of the Hookah is called a Shisha and soon it became quite popular even among the British elite. Shisha was extremely popular among the monarchy, especially the Mughals and the Ottoman kings and tobacco became a stable drug which people smoked in Shisha.

Shisha like scotch or brandy was considered an after dinner treat among the royals. It is still very popular in the Middle East and South-East Asia today. The traditional Hookahs or Shishas were beautifully designed and sometimes even hand painted and crafted with bold, vibrant colors.

Unlike in the West where Shisha is only served in bars and cafes, in the Middle East, India and Pakistan it is far more common especially in the rural areas and among the labor class. Egypt is one of the most famous places where Hookah is quite popular and both men and women all around the World, especially the Middle East enjoy the water pipe. Surprisingly in cultures where smoking is not seen as a feminine act and less tolerance is shown to women who smoke, Shisha or Hookah does not have the same taboo or generate the same response. Hence Shisha to this day still loosely fits in the social norms of the society.

Shisha comes in many different types of flavors including a variety of tobacco flavors which are most commonly used.  Flavors such as fruity, minty, rich and creamy etc. are widely available in the market and many people now prepare their own Shisha’s at home.

At Zaitoune we offer many flavors that would satisfy your taste buds and leave you craving for more. We offer Shisha from Sunday evening to Thursday evenings to make your hangouts interesting and fun.

Check out our website or come visit us at Zaitoune and enjoy the water pipe in its various flavors surrounded by some soothing music and excellent ambiance. And of course, don’t forget our stunning cuisine!