Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Yalla Yalla

Where: Soho

Cuisine: Beirut Street Food

Swank Levels:

4/5
Nestled in a small alley in Soho, Yalla Yalla with only 28 seats to offer, what looked like an unpromising venture stirred up a storm right from its opening in 2008. This restaurant has been reviewed and recommended by a host of varied high profile publications including the Tatler as well as the Financial Times, making it a swanky place to be.

Yalla Yalla is a bustling, colourful and inviting restaurant. The counter is laid out with a fresh assortment of the treats available including baklava, kebabs, wraps and pastries as well as contraptions churning up fresh fruit juices in full view.

Although it is small and it is likely that you will have to queue for a seat if you don’t book, Yalla Yalla exudes a relaxed, unperturbed aura where the focus is simple good food. In fact the cosy size of the restaurant adds to this sense of welcoming communal eating. There is also a second, larger restaurant in Winsley Steet.


Would I Want Seconds?

Yes. The focus of the menu is street food and they offer a variety of fresh wraps and light mezze. However they also have Lebanese main course dishes which is some of the best Lebanese food I have tasted in London. It is evident from the taste that all the ingredients are fresh and dishes are made on order as each dish oozes big flavour.


Some of the specials include pumpkin kibbeh parcels, filled with spinach and chickpeas, or grilled halloumi and watermelon salad as well as Chicken Shawarma and Lahem Casserole.

With both street food and main dishes as its strength, Yalla Yalla is the ideal place for just grazing or for a sit down dinner.

 
Could I Afford Seconds?

Yes. Yalla Yalla has featured in Time Out London’s Top 50 Resturants as well as their Top 50 Cheap Eats, creating the perfect combination of fantastic food for less. Despite the central location and the high quality of food as well as service, the prices are much more than just worth it.


Overall:

4/5
Yalla Yalla is a hip little venue which ticks all the boxes but in its own unique way. It is a must for sampling some of the best Lebanese and Middle Eastern Cuisine in London.


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