Yalla Yalla, Soho

So, I was quite excited to check out this place, because there’s nothing more I love than picking at different foods. What better place to do this than at a Lebanese Street Food hangout, fully equipped with different mezzes?

There are three different branches, but we chose the Soho one. The tiny venue with cushioned seats, candlelit tables and the chatty atmosphere was a real delight. We waited about 10 minutes for a table, which is surprising for a Friday night in Central London.

We got stuck right in with drinks and starter mezzes (Hummus and Baba Ganoush). I love being able to find freshly made fruit juices, and that’s exactly what I got (carrot & apple).

We kept on ordering as and when we pleased for our mezzes, and managed to fill up on these without needing to order any mains. There was nothing outstanding about this tiny restaurant, although there is nothing to complain about either. There was no push for us to leave by staff (despite the building queues outside). We ended up eating:

Hummus – just your average hummus

Baba ganoush – this is usually one of my favourite mezzes, and this time too.

Halloum Meshoue – halloumi, tomatoes and olives just to pick on

Samboussek Jibne – cheese pastries

Falafel – the most tasty out of the choices

Manaee’sh lamb – flat pastry with minced lamb, which was a bit too sweet for my taste buds with the pomegranate sauce.


One thing is for sure though, I was completely carb’ed out after this meal, particularly with the constant flow of pitta breads.

(Note: two of the dishes on the menu weren’t halal, so it’s worth asking before you order)



Food – 3/5 – just your standard Lebanese food.

Service – 3.5/5 – they  happened to be all ladies who started off with quick service, but it gradually slowed.

Value – 3.5/5 – there were three of us, and we ended up spending about £15/head including drinks. I’ve seen cheaper but also seen more expensive. I guess you’re paying for the location, too.

Venue – 4/5 it’s pretty close to Leicester sq and Piccadilly Circus. But situated on a quiet street, which I quite like. Cute, cosy, comfy.

SAS – 3/5 – overall, just average. I’m sure you can find similar mezze joints. Although, I have to admit, I quite enjoyed the cozy atmosphere.

Overall: 17/25

Reviewer: Azzizi


Telephone: 020 7287 7663

Website: http://www.yalla-yalla.co.uk/