A welcome find down a jazzy old passageway between Berwick Street & Brewer Street, natty-looking Yalla Yalla serves ‘Beirut street food’ from a counter laden with baked goods. As well as falafel, shawarma & spicy potato or sausage wraps, there are savoury manaee’sh pastries with spinach or wild thyme & sumac, plus cherry or fig tarts. Bag a rustic wooden table & share some ‘highly affordable’ mezze (£3.50-5.50 each), & ‘amazing, fresh & tasty’ mains such as charcoal-grilled minced lamb skewers (aka kafta meshoué) or marinated king prawns. Wines from the Bekaa Valley, including Château Kefraya, come in at around £4 a glass; otherwise, fruit juices (pomegranate, carrot, apple/mint/ginger) are available for refreshment. Be sure to book ahead or be prepared to wait, since it’s tiny & very popular.
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