Yada's

Restaurants, Middle Eastern Peckham Rye
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

A tucked-away Kurdish kitchen in central Peckham.

Yadas – an excellent, ramshackle little Kurdish joint down a grimy, cobbley back street opposite Peckham Rye station – could kindly be described as ‘marketing averse’. First opening in 2015, they unceremoniously closed up shop after six months or so. That was that, we thought. But lo! With zero fanfare, they’ve reappeared, now with a gazebo frontage and as little dedication to such service industry fripperies as websites, signage and reliable opening times as before.

But who cares when the food is this plentiful, and good? Plates of lamb and chicken shawarma are piled high with fragrant meat, subtly funky with garlic, lemon and pomegranate molasses. Kubba (rice patties stuffed with lamb and nuts) are robust and flavoursome – and, until now, something I’ve only ever eaten home-cooked at an Iraqi friend’s house. A mixed platter features all three, a steal at £20 for two. Best of all is the qawarma lamb flatbread: a dense wrap of lightly spiced kofte, cheese, pickles and garlic sauce that might just be London’s finest sandwich (albeit one that, on my last visit, was perplexingly sweet; we’ll put that down as an anomaly). Oh yeah, and they do Irn Bru shisha, if you weren’t sold already. In a postcode awash with try-hard hipster joints, Yadas is a humble little gem – whether they want you to know it or not.

By: Tom Howells

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Venue name: Yada's
Address: Arch 163, Rye Lane
London
SE15 4ST
Transport: Peckham Rye Overground
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £35
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Tastemaker

My husband and I visited Friday night. We didn’t have a rez as no one picks up the bloody phone and there’s no email I saw on the website. It was quite busy around 8:15pm when we arrived but thankfully we didn’t wait too long to be seated inside. We also ordered food fairly promptly as well. I got the pistachio hummus to start and the kifta birwesh (warning that photos look terrible). The food arrived very quickly so bonus there. Meanwhile the soundtrack was banging: Ta Ra Rasputin, 80s pop and reggae all played whilst we were there.

Anyway the food: the hummus was fantastic- nutty and savory at the same time. The white pita bread that accompanied it though was edible but boring and tasteless.

My kifta was also fine but nothing to write home over. Two large patties in a sauce. But my husband got the chicken shawarma and I LOVED the ghormeh sabzi that accompanied his meal (sweet from the pomegranate but also savory). Just YUM. My husband liked his chicken and I admit it was a generous portion for the cheap price.

Would we return? Sure it’s close and the price is great.

tastemaker

Yadas is perfect spot for big parties and birthdays as it is BYOB, this makes it cheap and cheerful. The food is actually delicious and great value, the sharing platters are the best in my opinion and super easy to just buy a load for the table. There is an outside area and it all sits around the train bridge arches, with all the bars close by this is literally perfect birthday party spot!


tastemaker

I had a great time at Yada's on Saturday night, which was busy but easy enough to get a table. The food (we got the £22 mixed meat platter) was filling and delicious and consisted of lamb, chicken and beef dishes, with a side plate of veg and dips. The service is swift but not very attentive, BYOB is great, although we weren't drinking that night, I had a really tasty vegan smoothie. Would definitely visit again to sit outside on a sunny day.

tastemaker

I have to admit that I haven’t done a lot of exploring in Peckham and so it was high time we tried some of the local establishments. We stumbled upon this Kurdish place and had to try the cheap and cheerful fare - the mixed grill is huge and more than enough for two hungry people and at £10 per person, it’s a real no-brainer. All the food here is great for sharing, so bring more friends so that you can try a variety of dishes. The bread is nice and hot and there’s hummus and dips aplenty. In the warmer months, having a shish or hookah outside would be a lovely relaxing way to spend a weekend afternoon.


Tip: this place is BYO so make sure you stop off at the off-licence on the way to Yada’s if you want a bevvy or two.


Good For: cheap and cheerful, quick meal, catch up with friends, large groups, celebration, take away.