I’ve been eating out quite a bit recently so apologies for the influx of food related posts, this is all about to change soon though as I’m attempting to eat healthier and save money so enjoy it while it lasts!
Last week before we went speeddating Jen and I popped in to sample the wares of Yalla Yalla, a Lebanese restaurant that I’d seen featured on a blog I follow (I can’t remember which, I should really make a list so that when I visit I know who to thank!) From the outside it looks a bit like a budget hotel chain. I’m thinking Tune hotels with their signature red/white or EasyHotel with the orange. Inside however is a rustic restaurant with wooden tables and chairs all squished together, accents of that signature yellow and a counter overflowing with goodies.
We arrived at about 5:45pm and it was fairly quiet so we got a nice comfy table with cushions tucked away in the corner in which to peruse the menu. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Jen is basically my perfect dining partner as we like so many of the same things! Given that there was so much choice we decided to share a few mezze dishes with the option to order more if we felt we needed it.
We had the hommos; thick, creamy and utterly delicious I can’t stop thinking about it, falafel; which were some of the best I’ve ever had and totally moreish and the halloum meshoue; grilled Halloumi cheese with tomato, black olives, fresh mint and olive oil because who doesn’t love squeaky cheese? There was also a small pot of complimentary olives and pickles on each table which I thought was a nice touch.
By this point the restaurant had completely filled up and there was a nice happy buzz to the place as friends caught up on each others lives and shared the delicious food. Mezze (and indeed tapas) works really well for this as we found out and the portions were pretty decent for the prices. Especially as everything was fresh and delicious to the point where we were almost licking the plates clean! We’d planned on also sharing the chicken shawarma but found that we were actually quite full. This was good news though as it meant we could have pudding instead and both opted for the yalla jou jou; vanilla mousse speculoos covered in velvety dark chocolate and dark chocolate sauce with a very vanilla ice cream.
It was nice but the mousse was frozen which I wasn’t expecting and wasn’t too keen on. I thought it would be a light and fluffy end to the meal when instead it was quite heavy and in the end I didn’t finish it. Given that the entire bill came to just over £30 between us I thought Yalla Yalla was very good value for money and I’d definitely return. Perhaps with a bigger group of people so that I could try even more of their delicious offerings!
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