Of all the foods across the globe, Lebanese is by far my favourite cuisine. I love the fact that you can order lots of different plates of food which can be shared amongst friends, allowing you to nibble a bit of this and that – and importantly allowing you not to get food envy across the table!
I headed down to Yalla Yalla, located just behind Oxford Street on Monday evening for a catch up with an old work colleague. I arrived a little earlier, and as guests aren’t seated until the whole party arrives, sat down to wait for my companion at the bar whilst enjoying a glass of apple, mint and ginger lemonade and taking in my surroundings.
The vibe of the restaurant is very noisy and lively, owing to the fact that you sit on long communal tables (think Wagamamas/Flesh & buns) so it makes it a great place to socialise in big groups. Once we were seated, we got ahead with ordering a selection of dishes to share, which arrive as they are cooked rather all at the same time – for this reason I didn’t get a snap of some of the dishes as I was too busy scoffing to remember!
‘Tabboule’ – my go-to Lebanese dish a salad comprised of chopped parsley, mint, spring onion, tomato, olive oil, lemon juice and cracked wheat. A little lacking in in lemon juice– the best tabuloueh, for me, packs a real zing!
‘Halloum meshoue’ – chunks of grilled halloumi cheese served with with tomato, black olives, fresh mint dressed in olive oil.
Hommos – deliciously creamy and very moreish!
The Chicken Rakakat (delicious fragrant fried pastry filled with marinated chicken, garlic and harrisa) were the star of the show and the Falafel served with tahini and garlic youghurt sauce were moist and delicious. Sadly these were devoured before I got the chance to photograph them – but I can vouch for how delicious they are! All the above, plus two drinks came to £15 each which I think is great value – highly recommend if you’re looking for an informal lunch or dinner venue!
Yalla Yalla http://www.yalla-yalla.co.uk/