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Restaurant review: Yalla Yalla

13:13 30 July 2012

Yalla Yalla's King's Cross branch

Yalla Yalla's King's Cross branch

Copyright Neil Setchfield All Rights Reserved

While Yalla Yalla’s latest venture is situated beneath the splendid metal lattice of the western concourse roof, it’s hard to enjoy the vista or indulge in a pleasant evening’s dining with station announcements every 30 seconds.

Resturant info

Yalla Yalla

King’s Cross Station Mezzanine Level

N1C 4AL

Tel: 020 7837 3680

Web: www.yalla-yalla.co.uk

Tube: King’s Cross St Pancras

Mains: from £3.75 per mezze dish

Wine: from £4.75 per glass

Children welcome: Yes

Disabled access: Yes

But that’s fine; the mezzanine is more a place for grab’n’go food than a gluttonous gutful.

Truth is, some of the treats at this Beirut street food outlet – the fourth in the capital – are good enough to make you miss your train.

Lebanese dips, wraps and traditional mezze are cleverly packaged in plastic trays for those tiny train-seat tables – and they’re not short on taste.

The stuffed vine leaves (£4) pack a citrus punch, while the Kibbé Lahmé (lamb and cracked wheat parcels, £4.50) are a crumbly, meaty joy.

Better still is the sumptuously aromatic charcoal-smoked aubergine paté, and flavoursome red pepper dip (£4.50 each) for your pita bread.

The exotic lamb shawarma wrap with pink, pickled turnip and tahini sauce (£4.75) fills a hole with panache, too.

The breads, heated in a microwave, aren’t their best but do try the heavenly backlawa and sweet desserts (£3.25 for three).

If you’re prepared to fork out a little more than your average, a trip to Yalla Yalla rewards.

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