Yalla Yalla

1 Greens Court, Soho, London, W1F 0HA
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Review Summary from 1 review

Address
1 Greens Court, Soho, London, W1F 0HA

Telephone
020 7287 7663

Cuisine
Lebanese

Region
Soho

Nearest Station
Piccadilly Circus (0.18 miles)

Opening Times
monday Opens 10:00 - Closes 00:00
tuesday Opens 10:00 - Closes 00:00
wednesday Opens 10:00 - Closes 00:00
thursday Opens 10:00 - Closes 00:00
friday Opens 10:00 - Closes 00:00
saturday Opens 10:00 - Closes 00:00
sunday Opens 10:00 - Closes 22:00

Yalla Yalla serves authentic Lebanese food and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

All In London Review

Enjoyable Lebanese - but be prepared to wait

There has been much talk of Yalla Yalla's Lebanese street food since its opening. One look at the window panes reveal the proudly displayed reviews it has received from Time Out et al. “Isn’t the whole point that it’s to be eaten in the street?” my clearly gastronomically challenged flame said.

Housed in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it section of a tiny alley, it’s ironic that ‘yalla yalla’ means ‘hurry up’ in Arabic, as the place is so small it’s always full. We turned up after a couple of cocktails at around 8 on a Wednesday night to be told to return within an hour. An hour later and we were smashed, having eaten nothing but the olives in our gin martinis over the last few hours.

Thankfully we were brought marinated olives, pickled beetroot and jalapenos to nibble on while looking at the menu, which has mezze as well as bigger portions.

Dishes of soujouk and halloumi with black olives and tomato appeared. Soujouk are spicy sausages common in Lebanese and Greek cuisines, similar in size to chipolatas, marinaded in tomato and lemon juice and with a piquant flavour.

Calamari, whitebait, and prawns in a light batter sat atop thin slices of crispy aubergine, it all tasted a bit too much of deep frying till dipping in the accompanying tzatziki-style dressing.

The ‘kibbe nayye’ or lamb tartar was the definite winner here – little balls of lamb mixed with cracked wheat, mint, basil and spring onion, with a herby taste and melt-in-the-mouth texture.

Along with two slices of pitta bread we were stuffed, this despite having previously been on the brink of extreme starvation. The dishes are cheap too – our meal came to £35 including two glasses of wine.

Our service was good, however others have reported it being slow, particularly when busy. Definitely worth a try, just be prepared to wait.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on Mar 31, 2010


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This Lebanese street food eatery has been a roaring success since it first opened in a quiet Soho alleyway. They’ve now added a <a href=”http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/restaurants/restaurant-14845.php”>second, larger site in Mayfair</a> (with plans to open another in Shoreditch). Delicious soujouk and herby lamb are available to take away.

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