The day we discovered Yalla Yalla, my best pal William and I were wandering through London's Soho district having a great time. When we both realized that we were suddenly "starving," we began searching for the perfect lunch spot that had to be gluten free, of course. I was definitely in the mood for more "ethnic food" -- and something I wouldn't normally eat at home.
As we turned a corner and continued walking down this tiny little cobblestone street, Yalla Yalla stopped me in my tracks. It was packed with what appeared to be local business people (usually a good sign), and the menu looked as if I could navigate it safely. Given that I'm seriously a hummus addict, it quickly became clear that we'd found our place!
The tiny, and I mean tiny, restaurant was filled with diners of all dialects and the service was really great. Our waitress was fully versed in all things gluten free explaining their menu in detail, guiding me through exactly what I could eat safely and with abundance. My friend and I were elated...I was, for the obvious Celiac reasons, and he was knowing that I would survive another meal on his watch!
We started with their amazing Hommos (proper spelling!), Fattoush and olives -- all AMAZINGLY fresh and loaded with vibrant, fresh flavors that we couldn't get enough of. Then we ordered a main course (to share, thank goodness...the portions are plentiful) of the Mixed Grill consisting a chicken skewer, lamb and kafta with grilled tomato, sumac, parsley and red pepper salad. The plate was not only beautiful to look at but tasted absolutely delicious.
Throughout our entire lunch I realized how relaxed I was and trusting of the staff at Yalla Yalla to get my meal correct. I also had a through conversation with our waitress who was from Ireland. I was so curious as to why and how Yalla Yall and their staff were so astute to gluten free food and safety in their kitchen. She proceeded to explain that they have so many customers who are either Coeliacs (UK spelling) or gluten intolerant so they crafted items on their menus to accommodate those of us eating gluten free. We also discussed just how aware the majority of restaurants in London truly are about offering safe gluten free options on their menus. Thank God!
Dining at Yalla Yalla was a delight and a restaurant I will absolutely return to. They also offer a nice wine selection, which we partook of. It's funny, but it always feels much more "normal" to have a glass of wine with lunch when in Europe vs. in the States -- we need to modify that!
Yalla Yalla is definitely worth finding and but just be prepared to wait for a table given the restaurant's limited space...but trust me, it's well worth the wait!