12 Winsley Street, London, W1W 8HQ
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Singles, Shopping
Expert review of Yalla Yalla
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.
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.
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.
We felt forgotten at times, but whenever we had the staff’s attention they were fun, friendly and kind.
Just off Oxford Street, handy for shopping and meeting friends centrally.
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.
The tiny original lies in the heart of Soho.
More information on Yalla Yalla:
- Price guide:
- Café, Restaurant, Takeaway
- Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
- 12 Winsley Street, London, W1W 8HQ
- 020 7637 4748
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri 10am-11.30pm; Sat 11am-11pm. Closed Sundays.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary
- Free tags / Keywords:
- mezze, wraps