This is a sweet, little setting in which to enjoy mid-eastern fare. It’s casual space and holds about 11 tables. The take-out window was busier than the dining room when we visited.
Our server promptly brought us menus but didn’t take beverage orders and didn’t bring us water until we requested it when she returned a while later. Other than that initial bump, the service was perfect, attentive without being over-whelming, and well-timed dishes.
Beginning with the falafel appetizer, we enjoyed the three deep-fried fava bean patties served with lettuce, tomato, onion, and tahini.
Sherrill Berry | On-the-Town By Sherrill Berry | On-the-Town
on November 01, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Osta’s owner and chef A. John Aouad admits he hasn’t been to many other cities to check out restaurants. And why should he, says, since Grand Rapids offers so many different types of cuisine.A. John Aouad
Owner/Chef, Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine
2228 Wealthy St. SE
OTT: What is your creative food muse?
AJA: My creative food muse (if I understand the question properly) is the enjoyment and pleasure I get from serving people and seeing the smile on their faces when they realize just how good Lebanese food is.
ABOUT OUR CHEF
John Aouad was born in Beirut, Lebanon to parents John and Victoria. His father was a top chef in Lebanon who won several awards and received special recognition in both the Middle East and Europe. He was also the personal chef of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia for a time until he returned to Beirut to open the original Osta’s. It was King Faisal who nicknamed John Aouad, Sr. as “Osta” which is an old Arabic word meaning “Master Chef,” and that he was. This is when our Chef John decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. His primary education was through the University in Beirut, and and afterward he worked many years side by side with his beloved father; learning every secret he possessed about the art of cooking Lebanese cuisine.
Review from the The Rapidian 12/12/2012 – click here for article
The warm and hospitable food “experience” of the vibrant Lebanese culture is reflected in John and Diane Aouad’s restaurant, Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine.
It stares down at you from its place above the right-hand door. Its protecting gaze covers the entire room, unblinking. It has been there for twenty years, watching over the Aouad family and their guests at the twenty-three year old Lebanese restaurant, Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine, in Gaslight Village.
Review from the The Rapidian 03/07/2014 – click here for article
Since opening the doors to Osta’s in 1993, John and Diane Aouad have grown with the community as a family. The Auoad family has become a Gaslight Village staple by bringing Lebanese cuisine to Grand Rapids.
“The community is wonderful. The people are so nice and loyal. You feel warm here,” says John Aouad, owner and head chef. “I consider us a family. Since we opened, it’s the same. We know customers. One day they’re single, they get married, they have kids, they’re here with their kids, now the kids are in college and coming back to see us. It’s like family.”