Yalla Yalla

Price guide: Budget

12 Winsley Street, London, W1W 8HQ

Price guide: Budget

Wraps to go © Suzie de Pingu

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#107 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.5
3.5
Ambience:
3
3.0
Service:
3.2
3.2
Location:
3.5
3.5
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Singles, Shopping

Expert review of Yalla Yalla

A lively canteen serving Beiruti street food to eat in or takeaway.

Yalla Yalla’s a great place to know if you’re looking for a healthy, inexpensive meal or quick pitstop while shopping. It’s not literally as cheap as chips but the freshness and level of cooking make it a great alternative to fast food chains, with generous main courses and a great drinks list adding a sense of comfort.

Food and drink: 

A concise greatest hits selection of mezze and grills done better than at most of London’s Lebanese establishments. The babaganoush is correctly smoky and rich, the shawarma juicy and grease-free. Be sure to order the chicken livers sautéed with pomegranate molasses, garlic and herbs – a sensational mix of punchy sweet and sour flavours. There are several appealing Lebanese wines on the list including two very quaffable rosés.

Ambience: 

The décor’s a garish mix of bright yellow plastic and pine wood, making it more of an eat-and-go joint than a place to relax. There’s a communal high table perfect for solo dining, though most of the customers on our visit were couples.

Service: 

We felt forgotten at times, but whenever we had the staff’s attention they were fun, friendly and kind.

Location: 

Just off Oxford Street, handy for shopping and meeting friends centrally.

Price advice: 

A meal of four mezze, two main courses and a bottle of wine will cost around £65 including service, but you can eat cheaply choosing fro the wraps or mezze in the £4-£5 bracket.

Other useful branches: 

The tiny original lies in the heart of Soho.

More information on Yalla Yalla:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Restaurant, Takeaway
Food:
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Address:
12 Winsley Street, London, W1W 8HQ
Telephone:
020 7637 4748
Website:
http://www.yalla-yalla.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 10am-11.30pm; Sat 11am-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
mezze, wraps

Have you been to Yalla Yalla? Would you recommended it?