this sort of food is right up my street - namely because it's street food (which I love!). Think Wahaca but the Lebanese version. I went here for cocktails and snacks. I ordered a Turkish delight martni (amazeballs) and a meze with chicken wings. The meze was lovely, great falafel and tabouleh salad - really fresh. My only disappointment was that the houmous wasn't fresh. I'm yet to sample one of their larger dishes but I can't wait to go back.
I was really looking forward to finally go to Yalla Yalla - I absolutely love Mediterranean food. Unfortunately Yalla Yalla was a dissappointment. The food wasn't bad, it wasn't good, it was average. It lacked flavour, juiciness and depth of that Lebanese cuisine is so known for.
We ordered chicken livers, skewered lamb, deep fried seafood starter, fattoush salad and Ossmalaiah for dessert.
Chicken livers (Sawda Djej) were good - juicy and flavourful, I love liver as it is. Though it wasn't mind blowing, it was the best food that was served.
Deep friend seafood (Makale Samak) with yoghurt dip - was average: deep fried white bait, calamari and shrimp was ok for nibbling but not very interesting.
Skewered lamb (Lahem Meshue) seemed not to have any marinate at all, was plain and not exciting, it was dry too - I would definitely say overcooked.
Fattoush salad had too much vinegar but was ok.
And finally Osmallaiah (deep fried vermicelli with clotted cream and rose syrup) was ok too, I would definitely add more clotted cream and remove some of the vermicelli.
Service was good. I liked the setting too - wooden tables (though tables we sat at were way too close to one another!), bright space, casual and unassuming. Shame about the food...
So this place isn't going to set the world alight but given its location for the price it's going to make a nice quick stop off.
Service was good, didn't need to wait to be served, although 6pm on a Monday doesn't quite have the demand of other days of the week.
There's a nice atmosphere to the place, although don't be expecting an isolated meal, you'll be well acquainted with your fellow dinners so probably best to keep the private talk for another time.
So the important bit, the food and price, for the money it's not bad, circa 15 a head for food and tip, we weren't left hungry but we weren't overly full, the food was good quality but you can get better around London.
In summary I won't be running away to recommend this place but if I was in the area I may stop in again as finding somewhere nice without huge cues and within budget can be a task near Oxford Street
We ate the winsley street branch & found the food really good. It was fresh & full of flavour, my husband is egyptian so use to the middle eastern spice's found the different meze's really tasty. We had about 4 different meze's with bread plus a giant prawn dish with rice & a beautiful tomato sauce.the fresh juices are good too, I had the apple,mint & ginger it was great.we got there about 7'ish & it wasn't busy but then in 15 mins it just packed out!!. Our bill was approx £47, but that 2 fresh juices, 4 meze's plus a main & 2 desserts, that's pretty good value I'd say. Give it a try, it's quick tasty food, nice atmosphere.
Classic Lebanese street food, doesn't get much better than this!
The portions are cheap and the food is so good you want to go there as a group. This ensures you can order everything on the menu and get a taste from all of it! :)
No matter what time of the day it's going to be busy so prepare to wait for a bit. If you visit at lunch time I highly recommend the wraps. For under £5 it's a bargain (a very tasty one...)
Great hype, talked about, queue out the door!
Maybe it's the cool looking interior. I admit, I do love the long, chunky wooden tables and benches, even if they are uncomfortable and really hard to maneuver around. The toilets are also nice, clean and have fancy lotion!
Ok, that's great and all, but what about the food?
About half the menu is vegetarian, and a lot of those are vegan. They even had spinach parcels sans feta which I have never seen. Everything was overpriced and just ok. Stuffed grape leaves were very acidic and lacking something, and nearly £5 for a bowl of dip? Please.
OmniMonkey had a lamb dish. He lamented a few times during dinner that he'd much rather make the trip out to Petek in Finsbury Park. He did say at least he felt full afterwards. Nothing worse than over priced food that doesn't fill you up.
Rushed service, they wanted our large group out ASAP, constantly sticking their arms across our faces to take barely finished plates.
The floor manager actually started picking up my things (my purse!) to move them to another seat to squeeze in more people at our mostly filled community table. Seriously!
I wouldn't recommend it and I don't plan to give it a second chance.
We were looking for a reasonably-priced restaurant and ended up at Yalla-Yalla in Fitzrovia, just off Oxford Street. After a short wait, we got a place and could place our orders. We selected a number of starters and shared them among the table.
All in all most of us quite enjoyed the food at Yalla-Yalla. If you look for Lebanese food in central London, this is definitely a place you should check out.
This is the bigger of the 2 main Yalla Yalla branches. I visited on a Wednesday evening where as the evening progressed, so did the queues!
I went for a number of the smaller dishes. The falafel was some of the best I ever had and the hummus and baba ganoush are also pretty great. The food doesn't all come out at once, which I didn't mind apart from that our fried fish dish was brought out about 5-10 minutes after everything else.
The service was ok. It was very busy so I can forgive it not being 5*. One issue was where our table was placed though (in a corner behind stairs) which meant often having to wave erratically to get any attention.
That being sad, I am a fan of this place! Personally prefer the atmosphere of the smaller Soho branch.
I keep coming back and it is still delicious. The schwarma here is just too delicious to stop eating....
KIBBE LAHME (N)
Deep fried lamb and cracked wheat parcels filled with onions confit, minced meat and roasted pine nuts.
Chickpea and broad bean patties with salads, tahini and garlic yoghurt sauce.
Grilled thin slices of marinated lamb, grilled tomato, sumac, parsley and red pepper salad.
I went for a lunch with people from my office and we booked a table for 12.30. We had good food, especially the mezzes, of which babba ganoush and the lamb-topped hommous were great. The wraps weren't anything special (and the staff had to be reminded to bring most of them over to our table, 20 minutes after the first half of the mains arrived). We were provided with free baklava for the delay, which was nice.
So, this was the place my department went for our Christmas dinner. What a great choice it was. It must have been quite a frightening sight to have a group of 30 giggling girls come up to you ... one of the managers seemed a bit helpless at that point. Nevermind... They set us down at two long tables, which had enough space around them so we could get up and walk around. That is most important if you want to chat with another person further down the table without shouting the house down.
We had a set Christmas menu, which consisted of a selection of starters and dips, like hummus, spicy sausages and little chicken things that looked like spring rolls. I have to admit that it was so "lecker" that I stuffed myself with these starters without considering the main course. Main was lamp cooked on the bone with sweet couscous. It was a dish not everyone liked, but the meat was well done and the whole dish fit together well. To finish we had baklava and rice pudding. Also delicious!
During the whole stay the waiters were very patient with us and also a bit flirty, which always goes down well with a group of girls. They also offer cocktails, but they are not that great. Sorry guys!
This place has a great location just of oxford street so when your looking for a quality meal healthy and filling this is the place to go.
Service is good food is great and very good value for money.
I had friends over from the USA, yay!
One was staying in East London, another in West london and the other in South London. One wants the the restaurant to be not too expensive , another wants to meet in central london and the third is vegan and they all need to be impressed.
DO YOU SEE WHAT I HAVE TO WORK WITH!?
Anyway, so having consulted the internet for such a place professor internet recommended this place. It says that the food is fresh and cheap. It's tasty and great for vegetarians and most of all it's central and boy is the internet a wonderful mistress, she always (well mostly) comes up trumps!
You can't book, you have to enter in a Wagamama style queue and get sat on a long table, though individual tables were also around. The staff were enthusiastic and were helpful with the menu.
We just had a couple of starters and wine each, which was more than enough. The vege stuff was done to perfection with nut pate and various hummous but the best for me was the steak tartar, all beautiful and just enough. It's rare that a restaurant gets the vege stuff to be just as good as the meat and gives the option of not feeling too bloated on leaving.
The place got all my points! yay points!
PS Reservations are only for groups of 10 or more
Given all of the other reviews, I had high hopes for Yalla Yalla. And although the real thing didn't entirely disappoint, it didn't launch me on a non-stop flavour journey to Lebanon either.
On walking in, the decor definitely hinted at what was in store for the food: fairly standard London mini-chain communal seating, along nice long tables with very uncomfortable stools. And the food was exactly that, the Middle Eastern version of Wagamama et al. Nothing was bad, but nothing was great either. It all tasted like typical Middle Eastern fare and didn't convince me that I had to make a return journey here.
Service was prompt, friendly, and efficient, and very helpful with a friend's dietary restrictions. Food arrived quickly, although in somewhat scattered fashion. First up were babaganoush, labne bilthum (a yogurt dish with garlic), and halloumi. Portions were small and there wasn't much flavour to any of the dishes. The babaganoush could have been hummous, the labne tasted like greek yogurt with some spices, and the halloumi was very bland.
Arrayes came next, which were pastry filled with semi-sweet spiced lamb, followed by the sea bass, which was probably the best dish we had. Very nicely spiced with a great sauce, the fish was well cooked and really tasty. Lamb and chicken shawarmas followed, both overflowing with meat. Neither was orchestrated very well and we just felt like we were eating well cooked, sliced meat, on top of a very thin pita.
Finally, the sojouc appetizer was brought out, which were Lebanese sausages, perfectly ok, but nothing spectacular.
Which basically sums up this whole restaurant...everything, including the Lebanese lager, was just ok. Not great, not up to Maroush and honestly not even on par with Tas. And in the end, it was fairly expensive too, with just 4 beers, the meal for 4 came to £80.
Found this place when meandering what increasingly became the seedy streets of London, which includes adult video, "massage" paroles, and Asian manga/comic shops. However, Yalla Yalla was a diamond in the rough.
The small space was packed, with a young, vibrant crowd. I ordered a falafel wrap (£3.5) and double espresso for take away -- both were delicious.
Would definitely return -- if I can find it!
Very good and cheap lebanese restaurant in a cool location. The place is very nice, with one side with normal tables and the other with taller long tables for large groups or to share.
I love the mixed grilled plate that comes with rice and the seafood. Hummus and other appetizers are also very good. Try the lebanese wine, it is strong but tasty.
Need to go back!
Great food, but everything else was kind of chaotic.
Normally I like communal dining, but the stools were uncomfortable & luck of the draw will have you being too close to your overbearingly loud, self-absorbed neighbour stranger.
Service was quick but hectic. Requested twice to have the salad that comes with the lahem meshoue swapped for fattoush & could tell it wasn't going to happen by the waiter's non-reaction. As it goes, we were served by 3 different people. A couple nearby asked if they could get more pita & the waitress hurriedly replied "I'm not really sure". When attempting to get the bill, the waiter kept passing by & didn't return after saying he would. Another wait & request for the bill to another server. Finally we stood to put on our coats & the bill arrived.
Better experience & atmosphere at the smaller, seedier Green's Court location.
Yalla Yalla lures me in nearly three times a week. I love this place. This second location is much larger than the Greens Court location, with a full staff and bright airy space. The food is just as good!
Chicken taouk, lamb shawarma, hommos, mezze...I haven't tried anything that I didn't like from Yalla Yalla. For lunch, go for the wrap and hommos combo (£6.50). For dinner, settle in with a wine recommendation from the knowledgeable staff. In fact, give them a clue on what you'd like to eat and they'll order for you. Recommendations from the staff have been awesome.
The second Yalla Yalla (this one) is only a few minutes from where I work, so when the team & I found out it was opening, we got a little bit excited.
It delivers in every way possible. Going in to eat is speedy, the menu HUGE and caters for both meat lovers/veggies alike. Reasonably priced, a lunch for two with six variations and no alcohol will only set you back £30 (ish).
I can highly, highly recommend the Soujoc, which are homemade spicy lebanese sausages with tomato, parsley and lemon juice. They were amazing. The grilled halloumi, falafel and hummous with bread rounded it off nicely. We also had the batata harra, spicy sautéed potato with red pepper, corriander, garlic, cumin and fresh chili - which was a perfect combo.
The takeout wraps are apparently also delicious, but I'm yet to try. That won't be the case for long though...
I cunningly geared a group of friends towards the new Yalla Yalla, as it is conveniently positioned a stone's throw away from my office.
The four of us are big middle eastern food eaters so know our babbas from our hummuses.
The restaurant is far large than its Soho sister, making it less claustrophobic, although I found the high stools and long benches rather out of keeping with the lebanese norm - when you think middle eastern, youu think comfy poofs and low tables. The effect seemed slightly sterile - very much a Londoner's lebanese - although you can't argue with the fact that the restaurant looked bright, brand new and clean.
Hummus and Babba Ganoush were pretty standard but tasty and fresh nonetheless. A dish of crushed nuts with peppers and olive oil was more unsual (so much so that I can't remember the name) and therefore a welcome addition. The Makale Samak - a HUGE portion of deep-fried seafood - was a bit full-on for my tastes, and needed a good dose of lemon juice. It took us a good 15 minutes to get someone's attention for the lemons, by which time the seafood was cold - the one blight to the evening.
Shish Taouk (grilled chicken with vermicelli rice) was good but could have done with a bit more Taouk, and the Fatte Khodra (another unfamiliar dish of cooked veg in yoghurt and tomato sauce topped with pitta) was slightly over-cardamom'd but generally liked by all.
The perfect place to go with a group of friends - it was rather noisy but that only added to the atmosphere, and we were happy to dig in to the pitta and shout along with the rest of 'em.
Meh. Just plain meh.
Chicken was good, but incredibly dry.
And the place was so insanely loud, that I could barely hear my friend from just across the thin banqueting table. Maybe it's intentional so the people next to you can't hear your conversation. Maybe.
I don't think I'll be going back, to be honest. I mean. If I'm in the eighbourhodo and craving lebanese food and don't mind something loud, then maybe. Otherwise I don't see myself bothering.
Staff are lovely, and the food is quite decent, but the place is so incredibly loud that I'd avoid it on those grounds only. If I go eat, I want to talk to my companions, not have to lean over and shout.
Great spot for a quick, tasty, unpretentious meal. Prices are good, food quality is high, service is decent. It's a fairly lively spot. A nice option for this part of town.
I've been to this place twice now and found the food to be somewhat average.
The first time I went there I had a chicken shawarma. It was dry and bland.
The second time (yesterday) I had the mixed grill. Again it was dry and over cooked. The rice was cold too.
For the price of the food I don't think it's worth visiting.
Saying that I found the staff to be really nice and helpful and I do like the actual restaurant. Nice feel and looks clean.
Tiny but pretty much perfect. It's kind of a cafe/ restaurant with food to take away and a working kitchen downstairs. There's not a load of seating so turn up before 7pm or book.
Also,since i'm here, this place has the smallest gents toilet I've visited to date. You head down some stairs, round a corner and then along a passageway that gets smaller and smaller until you're almost crouching... worth a visit right?
I didn't know whether to be excited or trepidatious when somewhere I love, especially somewhere so small, quirky and seemingly unchainable opens another branch. The original Yalla Yalla only opened a year or so ago on a tiny anonymous (and slightly pissy if we're honest) alley just off Brewer Street. It became a favourite for lunch, if slightly far away and always too crowded to sit down. They some very clever things with a bit of lamb, a few sesame seeds and some very good flatbread. Homely, authentic and very down to earth, it certainly didn't have Global Resto Megachain written all over it.
The closure of our local greasy spoon wasn't a cause for much mourning, cheap and a little scuzzy, it was never more than a last resort lunch spot. The surprise came with the news that Yalla Yalla was going up in the world, and expanding. It's certainly got more space than the original. They've still got the same menu of authentic Beirut street food, though have expanded this to include a few larger dishes.
On both occasions (twice in two days, but working lunches doesn't count as proper calories) we went for sets of mezze to share. Tart pickled turnip (a proper revelation), olives and peppers came as we sat, the food freshly cooked and shortly afterwards. Hommos (sic) came with moreish juicy lumps of lamb, melting with crisp burnished edges from the hefty elephantine leg of meat rotating round the grill. This is how sheep hope their babies end up and as far from your local 'bab house as you can get. The same lamb features with a lemon parsley salad as a main course and packing their (perfect for takeaway) rolls. Grilled pitta stuffed with spicy minced lamb came topped with tahini and pomegranate, a princely portion for £4.25. The other entrant in the 'can't believe they can do that good for that cheap' category was a huge portion of deep fried prawns, whitebait and calamari, well cooked, well spiced and well cheap (sorry, really) for £5.50. There's not much I wouldn't go back for to be honest. And it's round the corner from my office, so I will, soon.
The slightly claustrophobic feel of the Green Court original has gone, banished by wide spaces, though thankfully many of the more pleasing, rustic touches remain. Bench seating, dotted in places with throws and cushions, goes well with the thickset oak furniture. The staff are keen, possibly too keen, but you can't fault them for that. Genuinely eager to please, four of them checking on how the meal was going may have been a little OTT, no matter how much they meant it. It's a genuinely promising place for lunch, perfect for shoppers and Soho workers unable or unwilling to get to Charlotte Street.
I "yallad" over to Yalla Yalla after reading the good food reviews from Yelp. Unfortunately,the food served here did not quite reach my expectations.I ordered Labne Bil Thum, which is usually fantastic but here it tasted like "blah" and the pita bread with it was quite thick and not served fresh(warm). Secondly, I tried the Fatayer Spinach, which is a pastry filled with spinach. Sadly, the pasty was dry and and hard making it a bit unpalatable. Lastly, I had the Lahem meshoue for my main course. Being my favorite dish, I was really looking forward to have it but the meat disappointed me. I must say it had good flavor but it was just chewy. As a result, I will more likely to Yalla out of Yalla Yalla.
The first thing I noticed walking into the restaurant was that the pita rolls and wraps were sitting in stacks on a platter behind glass. True to what it looked like, biting into the falafal wrap revealed a shockingly hard pita bread that was not at all fresh. The pita bread that came with the Baba Ganoush was just as hard. The falafal itself was brittle, falling out in little pieces out of the wrap as I ate. The only thing that looked like it might be fresh was the sharwma meat on the spit.
All that said, the taste of the food was 'okay', but I don't get all the good reviews here. I love the name of the place and atmosphere was nice, but the food was as the British say 'rubbish'
Absolutely loved this place. The prices were reasonable. The food was extremely flavorful. The service was great. Honestly, I have nothing I really could say bad about the place. It's a nice non-touristy location. Go here if you're in London and on a bit of a budget.
Try something different. This Beirut street food booth sells really good coffee and tasty food! Expect middle eastern food and delicious cakes! This appears to be a pop-up stall with a years lease on the first floor terrace at kings cross. I would recommend, as the food and service are superb, well worth a visit if you're hungry, on the go and fancy something a little different.
Tasty, tasty, tasty... This place has a great atmosphere (lunch / dinner / meet with friends / take a date / take your mum), friendly staff, nice relaxed vibe and the food ain't bad either. Well worth a trip for a PIG OUT on mezze. I was with 2 vegetarians when I went and they seemed pretty happy with the menu options too.
I'd recommend booking. YUM.
Very nice food! I ordered a mains and it was massive! Ive been a few times and prefer getting multiple starters over 1 main mean as you get a nice selection of food that way. Its bigger than the Soho branch also which is a massive plus.
yep great takeaway lunch wrap. hot and tasty. flavours are great. price is good. maybe a bit larger portion but overall excellent.staff were friendly and attentive except for one little rude short haired brunette girl telling us to shut up moaning about the over 10 minute wait.(my friends wrap)
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