When you walk through the doors of Brentwood’s Sultana Hookah Lounge & Café, you might catch a whiff of lemon mint, tangerine or spice chai.
The sound of traditional Middle Eastern music will let you know this isn’t a traditional American hookah lounge, and the décor of plants, flowers and the sound of water trickling from a fountain will make you feel like you’re walking into a relaxing backyard patio with comfortable lounging seats and tables.
“Sultana is more like going into a Middle Eastern coffee shop,” said owner Abdel Hanafi, who wanted to create a different hookah atmosphere in East County than what is currently offered. “We are all about bringing hookah back to its origins.”
Since opening on Sept. 10, Sultana’s customers have enjoyed the authentic vibe and clean and relaxing atmosphere.
“Sultana is like being in a Turkish café,” said Oakley resident Kabir Bains. “It’s a coffee-shop atmosphere where you can sit, relax, enjoy hookah, tea or coffee and just spend some time studying, reading, relaxing or meeting with friends.”
Besides the vibe, Sultana’s customers have also been enjoying the hookah.
“The hookahs are authentic Egyptian hookahs and hit very smoothly,” said Hanafi.
For those who have never smoked hookah, it is an experience in itself. A hookah, or water pipe, is used to smoke flavored tobacco, or shisha, in a social group setting.
Sultana’s hookahs are shipped from Egypt, and they offer a wide variety of high-quality tobacco and nontobacco brands and flavors.
Brands offered include Fummari, Al-Fakher, Nakhla, Starbuzz and Mazaya. Sultana’s most popular flavors are lemon mint, blue mist, white gummy, tangelo, tangerine dream, white mint, pumpkin spice, spice chai and chocolate-chip mint. They use new and sealed disposable hoses with every hookah and are known for their exceptional customer service. The lounge also offers Middle Eastern soda and hot and cold beverages, such as tea, Turkish coffee, nonalcoholic malt beverages, Gatorade, Vitamin Water and Coke.
They also occasionally have live music featuring Middle Eastern musicians.
“The music is traditional and introduces Middle Eastern culture to our customers,” said Hanafi.
Due to the use of tobacco, Sultana Hookah Lounge & Café has an age restriction of 21 and over. The lounge can be reserved for parties, holiday get-togethers and other events.
Sultana Hookah Lounge & Café is located at 2415 Empire Ave., Suite 207, in Brentwood. For more information, call 559-942-6374 or visit www.facebook.com/sultanacafeandlounge or follow the business on Instagram @sultanacafeandlounge.