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Yalla Yalla Restaurant, Mayfair

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I'm a London-dwelling northern lass who swapped the East End for Far East on the trip of a lifetime. I blog about food, travel, yoga and spirituality.
Published January 23rd 2013
Middle Eastern mixed mezze and margaritas
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The vegetarian lunch special

I popped into Yalla Yalla for a mid week lunch in town with a friend. It was surprisingly busy and bustling with crowds when I arrived, but the service was still very prompt. In fact, my friend was already sitting down and settled with a margarita cocktail when I arrived only ten minutes behind schedule!
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The lunch grill with lamb

The restaurant serves a delicious selection of Middle Eastern and Lebanese food. The mezze menu is particularly enticing, featuring favourites such as houmus, baba ghannoush, tabboule, falafel and halloumi.
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They boast a good selection of mezzes and grills

There is a decent selection of mains on offer, including 'Lokoz Meshoue' - chargrilled seabass fillet with citrus scented rice and 'Lahem Shawarma' - grilled thin slices of marinated lamb.

Although these dishes looked and sounded tempting, we decided to go for the lunch special, as at 6.99 per dish it was a bit easier on the wallet than the other mains, which averaged around 12.00 each.
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The complimentary dish of pickled vegetables - a nice touch

The lunch grills turned out to be a good choice. They each contained 6 tasters of the meze dishes - a vineleaf, a generous dollop of deliciously textured houmus, tabouleh, falafel and two savoury pastries. Before our food arrived we were also given a charming little dish of pickled vegetables and olives on the house - a nice touch.
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Peppermint tea served in a gold teapot

We washed the meal down with a drinkable if not life-changing carafe of sauvignon blanc and decided that it might be sensible to finish with hot drinks. My friend had a coffee which she described as "rich and strong", meanwhile I opted for a peppermint tea digestif. This came in a little gold teapot with a single, fresh peppermint tea leaf in the bottom of the glass.

It is attention to detail to this, combined with good service that makes Yalla Yalla stand out from the crowd of Oxford Circus lunchtime options.
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Why? Attention to detail and great service
Phone: 020 7637 4748
Where: 10-12 Winsley Street, Mayfair, London, W1W 8HQ
Cost: mezze dishes approx 4 each, main 12each, lunch specials 6.99
Your Comment
I love Middle Eastern food and have tried Yalla Yalla dishes from their pop up stall near the Queen Elizabeth Hall when they were there last summer.
by Sandra Lawson (score: 3|1280) 3487 days ago
wow generous servings! looks yum.
by Joy (score: 3|1945) 3487 days ago
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