The Year in London

London through the eyes of an MA student new to the city

A taste of Beirut street food

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Tucked away down a Soho side street, the restaurant ‘Yalla Yalla’ offering Beirut street food proved to be a perfect lunch spot this Bank Holiday weekend. The restaurant is small and cosy with a distinctly relaxed atmosphere  – which I feel is hard to find anywhere in central London.

Customers are encouraged to be creative by picking their own mezze combinations from a wide range of dishes, including some delicious spicy potatoes, tabboule and baba gannouj. My companion and I shared a vegetarian mezze platter, which contained hot savoury pastries along with green salad, tabboule, thick and creamy homous, and falafels. Although there is only one vegetarian main dish that is served with rice, the vegetarian mezze plates and platter definitely make up for this.

Yalla Yalla is a great place for a light, sweet desert – we shared fragrant rose and tahini ice cream in delicate pastel colours, with three contrasting backlawa.

Yalla Yalla is just off Brewer Street, which I am yet to explore properly and am already keen to go back to – the combination of ice cream parlours and vintage magazine and shoe shops brings this high up my ‘future outings’ list.


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