Restaurants, Middle Eastern Peckham Rye
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(3user 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


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


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.


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.