12 reviews of Yalla Yalla in English
HOMMOS SHAWARMA-Chickpea purée topped with marinated thin slices of lamb fillet.
SOUJOC- Homemade spicy Lebanese sausages with tomato, parsley and lemon juice.
KAFTA MESHOUE- Charcoal grilled spiced minced lamb, onion and parsley skewers, grilled tomato, sumac onion salad.
I loved everything here except there was a bit too much lemon juice in our soujoc. Hommos was smooth and delicious. Service was super friendly and efficient even during the workday lunch time rush. The minute we walked in, everyone was very welcoming.
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Being my first time to the restaurant, I asked for recommendations from the love lady who served me, whom I suspect might be the owner of the restaurant. She was very knowledgeable and gave a very good decription of the mezze suggestions that she made, including what goes into it and how they were cooked.
I was brought some lovely pickled green chilies and radish, along with juicy olives and fresh pitta bread to began with. Baba gannouj and the tabboulé arrived not long after. With a garnish of little pomegranate seed jewels and slivers of fresh mint, the baba gannouj are a pretty thing to look at. It is lightly tangy, smoky and have the creamiest texture and yet hidden within are surprising tiny bites of soft aubergines, the textures is just sensational and utterly addictive. The tabboulé is vividly flavoured and so fresh. All the green-tasting herbs are just beautifully balanced, crisp, crunchy and are just a joy to eat. The sawda djal arrived just as I was still savouring with a mouthful of the herby greens. This is definitely without a doubt, the best chicken liver dish I have ever tasted. It was rich, gutsy, and well flavoured. The sweet-sour balance from the homemade pomegranate molasses were simply tantalising. It was so good that I had to mop up every single drop of the remaining sauce with the pitta bread. The samboussek lahmé that looked like small versions of Cornish pasty arrived piping hot. A quick bite revealed a richly spiced minced lamb in a crispy pastry. The sweet and sharp once again were well balanced and make this a truly deletable and moreish treat. All these were nicely washed down with some superb Lebanese beer.
The whole meal came to about £20, including a bottle of beer. A bargain for this amount of food. I was stuffed by the end of it with some leftover.
Everything were sincerely and freshly prepared. The venue may be small – my table were nearly knocked over by a diner on his way to the restroom, but the flavours of the food were big and punchy. The Lebanese music in the background also added to the charm of this place – although there was a Lebanese version of Summertime playing on the soundtrack while dining. Well at least it was in Lebanese. If you want to experience true Lebanese food in London, this is definitely the place to go to and with their current plan to open a third venue in King’s Cross soon. I am pretty sure that they will soon be on every true foodie’s must go list. Yalla! Yalla!
Same as everyone else, it’s crowded and service is not perfect, but if you can ignore that then there is some tasty food to be had. I loved the hummus and the baba ganoush, both of which were lovely and a great way to start. The other plates were more hit and miss.
My friend had the jawaneh meshoue (chicken wings) and wasn’t a big fan of them. I had a delicious falafel and an ok spinach/cheese pasty, but the meat options really let it all down. Not really worth the money and hassle to be honest, though if you’re determined to try Lebenese food than suck it up and go for it.
A real gem! Authentic flavours and excellent quality for an affordable price. Friendly service as well. A bit cramped, but that’s Soho for you. Must visit for a genuine lamb shawarma!
P.S. Eat-in service on a weekday is slow. 20 minutes for your order to arrive.
My boyfriend who use to work in Soho and eat here all the time since it opened, took me to Yalla Yalla a few days ago...
The food was great! So much choice, very fresh and very well priced.
The staff were very nice and helpful, suggesting new dishes we had never tried.
I would say this is perfect for a lunch or a break from all the shopping in the surrounding area.
discovered this little fantastic Lebanese cafe / take away / restaurant thanks to an article in a national newspaper recently managed to get out of the office for lunch today. Tried both the lamb and the chicken wraps, absolutely delicious- plenty of interesting spices, good quality ingredients and for 4 pound each its quality for money in the hart of Soho! teh baba ganough seemed very good will have to try it next time!
Stumbled upon this place by mistake and I was really impressed by this tiny little restaurant. Funky music playing, candlelight, very tasty food and lots of variety. Great find down a little Soho side street - a good place to come for dinner and some drinks with the girls.
Truly tasty food at very reasonable prices.
From other reviews I gather my statement above is par for the course. What seems to let Yalla Yalla down (according to those lucky enough to have eaten here) has usually been the service; with servers even being described as rude. We decided to take our chances earlyish on Saturday evening.
Being earlyish there were two vacant tables plus quite a few diners coming to the end of their meals and therefore the opportunity to move to a better table.
The young waiter who served us was just perfect. However, when 3 tables magically vacated at the same time just as our mains were coming out we decided to 'upgrade' to one of the better tables.
Female waitress was having none of this and informed us that all 3 tables were reserved for a big party. Stupidly we did not ask what time the reservation was for.
Imagine our chagrin, therefore, as another table of three walk- INS were allowed to use the one table as long as they finished up by seven, yet another walk-in of two people were allowed to occupy the third table (also being informed of the 7 o'clock time limit). Finally another couple entered and were offered a choice of the third table ( if vacated by 7) or another.
By now we had finished our mains and were onto deserts and coffees . . . so could easily, easily have occupied anyone of the three better tables.
We left before the reservation arrived, much miffed, but still tipped our waiter very well. Hope he doesn't have to share his tips with the inflexible female waitress as that would seem unfair.
The other female waitress had little to do with us but I did see her flick her wrist in a very rude way to other customers. She didn't seem to have customer service top of mind.
Will we rush back? Sadly, I doubt this will become a favorite haunt because of the bad taste left in our mouths. There are many good restaurants in London where our Pounds can be spent more deservedly.
With hindsight we should have asked when the reservation was for and then either sttod our ground or left without finishing our mains.
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