Yalla Yalla Lebanese Café @ SOHO

Yalla Yalla

ソーホーの風俗地区のど真ん中、可愛いレバノン料理のカフェを見つけた。日本食レストランや食材店が並ぶBrewer Streetを北に少し入ったところ、両側をセックス・ショップに囲まれたYalla Yalla(アラビア語で、“Go! Go!”とか“Hurry up!”の意)は、黄色と黒を基調にしたモダンな外観に黄色いランプシェード、中東風スカーフをクッションカバーやカーテンにしたり、レバノンの日常風景を描いた絵画を飾ったり、アラビア語のアルファベットを壁にペイントしたりと、レバノン風と西欧風をミックスした小さなお店。ベイルート出身で、FakhreldineKenzaといった有名店で働いた経験を持つシェフが腕をふるい、ポーランド人のパートナーが店を切り盛りしている。「Beirut Street Food」を謳う料理は、Time OutLondonpaperFinancial Timesの評価は上々で、私たちはかなり期待して行った。お昼過ぎに行ったので、軽く、Hommos(フムス)、Tabboulé(タッブーレ)、Baba Ghannouj(ババ・ガヌーシュ)と、Mezze(メゼ)を3品注文(メゼ写真)。本当は、Wraps(材料を薄くて平たいパンでくるくる巻いた中東風サンドイッチ)を食べたかったんだけど、売り切れだった。フムスは、かなり濃厚な味。ババ・ガヌーシュは上に乗っているザクロ(pomegranate)が彩りを添えている。食後は、くるみの入ったレバノン風クッキーとフレッシュミントティー(デザート写真)。お茶を入れたやかんが可愛い(中国製だけど)。

でも全体的にお味の方は、美味い!というより普通。中東レストランが集まるEdgware Roadならどこでも食べれる味だ。やはりレビューで書かれていたメインコースを食べてみないと、Yalla Yallaの真価は分からないのだろうか。

We found a cute Lebanese Café in the heart in SOHO. Located in a middle of red district, between the sex shops on a small alleyway off Brewer Street, Yalla Yalla (“Go! Go!” or “Hurry up!” in Arabic)  is a small restaurant with fusion of Lebanese and Western styles – modern exterior in black and yellow, the same yellow lamp shades, cushion covers and curtains made of middle eastern scarves, painting of Lebanese everyday life, and Arabic calligraphy on the white walls. The Lebanese chef from Beirut who had work experience at famous restaurants such as Fakhreldine and Kenza is in charge of food, and his Polish partner takes care of the guests. Their “Beirut Street Food” got good reviews by Time OutLondonpaper, and Financial Times, so our expectation was pretty high when we sat on the table. As we went there in the late afternoon, we just ordered 3 mezze – HommosTabboulé, and Baba Ghannouj (photo). We wanted to order wraps but it was all sold out… Hommos was pretty thick and heavy, and pomegranate seeds gave a nice touch of a color to Baba Ghannouj. Then we got walnut sweets and mint tea, and M ordered espresso as usual (photo). The tea in a small kettle was cute (though it was made in china).

But overall the taste of the mezze was just normal – you can have them any restaurants on the Edgware Road, where many middle eastern restaurants compete with each other. Maybe we should try their main dishes that food critiques mentioned in the review, before we make our final judgement.

Yalla Yalla

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