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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.
Yalla Yalla has a small menu, but we wanted to order every single item. As we were simply snacking, we ordered 4-5 of their mezze to share, including the hommos, falafel, soujoc and baba ghannouj. Everything arrived very quickly, and we attacked without hesitation. One of my companions, who has been to Israel, firmly said: ‘I allow you to bring friends here. This is a good place.’ We were showered with pita bread and an array of different flavours. The hommos made me swear off Tesco hummus for life, and the soujoc made me rethink my dislike of tomato. As we tucked in, conversation slowly desisted, which to me is the...
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