Yalla Yalla continues to produce its hit formula of superior Lebanese cooking in a casual setting. Its self-styled ‘Beirut street food’ resonates with the upbeat informality of these dinky Soho premises; we’ve found the quality to match that of much pricier restaurants. Diners cram on to faux-rustic tables at lunchtime, while others nip in for takeaway wraps – filled with everything from falafel to spicy sujuk sausage – from the pre-prepared selection behind the counter. We were presented with arabic bread, olives and torshi (pickles) as we perused the menu: not the big salad bowls of the posh places, but a charming touch nonetheless. From the concise list of meze dishes we tried a chunky, smoky baba ganoush and a flavour-packed fattoush salad. A profusion of fresh salad vegetables (lettuce, radish, cucumber, spring onion, cucumber and tomatoes) had been labour-intensively chopped small, before adding crispy toasted pitta, a dusting of warm sumac and a red wine vinaigrette – brilliant. Halloumi meshoué (grilled) was fine too, served with olives and mint. There’s also a selection of main-course grills. In all, you get an edited version of a full Lebanese menu here, served in a convivial atmosphere, with the bonus of cocktails in the evening.
|Venue name:||Yalla Yalla||Contact:|
1 Green's Court
|Opening hours:||Meals served 10am-11pm Mon-Sat; 10am-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube|
|Price:||Main courses £8.50-£13.75|
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Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
- 5 star:8
- 4 star:10
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:4
- 1 star:4
Yalla Yalla is an easy win, it’s not the same old boring Nandos but at the same time it isn’t too wild for people to complain - there’s something for everyone here. The Fattoush salad is a delight and I would order that for lunch week if I could - those crispy bits of flatbread & crunchy radishes! Only shame is the seating, it can be very uncomfortable so definitely somewhere my mum would complain about!
Our party of 3 was so looking forward to dinner at Winsley St & we were all hugely disappointed.
Unable to reserve a table as Yalla Yalla operates a policy of not seating 'incomplete parties' so we were asked to stand just inside the doorway until our third person arrived. Not the best.
Given a drinks menu but no bar to stand at or table to sit at, we stood waiting whilst empty tables filled whilst our 3rd guest made her way on foot from the tube. I don't think many restaurants operate this policy because it's most unwelcoming & sets you on edge before your experience realy begins.
Portions are very small in comparison to generous servings at Le Comptoir Libanais & the staff a little lacklustre. We won't be returning.
Came here after a theatre matinee. (The Green's Court branch was nearer and is very small). It was the first time we'd tried Lebanese food. The meal was delicious and the service really good - efficient without being hurried. The staff were genuinely concerned to ensure that you enjoyed your meal. Will definitely visit again.
The place was buzzing when we stopped for lunch, though service was quick. We punted for 4 mezze dishes for two of us; each costing £4-5. Good choice for veggies. Dishes were a nice size and 4 was plenty. I sampled the falafel, spinach fatayer and vine leaves. The chunky, spicy falafel and refreshingly lemony vine leaves made for a tasty meal, but the spinach fatayer was dry and weirdly sweet. Without houmous or baba ganoush, it was all a little too dry, which resulted in us guzzling some nice lemonades from their selection.
Fantastic food, great value and a lovely atmosphere. Not a place to go for dinner if you are in a rush, service was rather slow, didn't ruin the experience though. Will be going back, highly recommended.
Amazing experience, the food is really great, I loved everything that I tried, the waiter was really kind and funny and he helped us to choose our food, I really recommend it!!
Small and tiny cafe/restaurant, enjoyed my dinner there with couple of friends, mezze was fresh and tasty, fattush salad was the best, hommus was creamy with a hint of garlic. they recommend the Lebanese white as i remember was St Thomas which was nice and fruity. Service was helpful also.
After reading amazing reviews about Yalla Yalla, my husband and I decided to have a go and we both can't believe how dissapointing it was! The homemade lemonade was very nice though, but the actual food is either overrated or we were unlucky enough to get the wrong cook! The Chicken was overcooked and the vermicelli rice luke warm... Our waitress was a bit abrupt and seemed as if she couldn't wait to go home. Maybe it was because we went on a Sunday that they had ran out of steam or something, but we won't be rushing back to find out :0(
Extremely rude staff and very slow service . After waiting for 20 minutes for take away food the waiter who mixed up my order handed me my money back, told me not to waste his time and walked away. AVOID THIS PLACE!
The food is ok. However there has been a problem each and every time i have eaten here. today was the last time. the service is slow the staff sulky and can be cramped. perhaps all the stars are from people who havent eaten much lebanese food. i have never been servced a shawarma heated through on a panini heater before. Street food should be quick hot and fresh. Disappointing
Try their daily special, the charcoal grilled quail with molasses and the pickled baby aubergines were yummy.Service is attentive and the atmosphere is great.
I've been here a couple of times now for lunch with a friend. The food has been good on both occasions and the service friendly. It is a little bit cramped and on both times we were there it was very busy. Saying that, we were never rushed.
Price is cheap so maybe it reflects in the food quality. Kibbeh Nayeh was mediocre, with more bulgur than meat. Hummus as good as the ones you can find in the supermarket. Mouhalabieh was not creamy as it should be.
After waiting for 15min at around 10pm, we were kicked out from the restaurant. The reason was because we didn't order the main meals from the menu. Stay away if you don't want to be forced what to eat!!!