With belly dancers and an exotic menu that takes you on a trip round the Middle East, Yamal Alsham, Knightsbridge opened with a lot of fan fare in December so I had high expectations when I visited earlier this year with a colleague.
Located at Knightsbridge, the restaurant holds its own in the swanky neighbourhood. The rich interior of gold and dark brown design is reminiscent of old Lebanon mixed with an attitude and style which is unmistakably London. It definitely stands out and makes an impression.
We visited on a Saturday night so the place was a busy, had the usual buzz of a typical London restaurant but it wasn’t over flowing with people which was a relief and once we were seated, our very attentive host Hamdi made sure we were comfortable and our meals came out promptly.
My aim was to sample as much of the food as possible so I opted for the taster menu. The food was fresh and delicious, you could taste the full flavour of the ingredients; and the portions were generous. The waiters were also polite and very attentive, case in point Hamdi who seemed to know what we needed before we did.
There were many high points on the night, the decor being one of them; the Lebanese homemade pita bread was also another, it was soft, fragrant and surprisingly light.
I also had the Lebanese traditional salad which was tangy and zesty, not to mention the hummus which was out of this world delicious, and this is coming from someone who isn’t a hummus fan.
All in all, it was an enjoyable night; delicious food, great ambience and even though I was a tad disappointed at the lack of belly dancers, I’ll still recommend Yamal Alsham based on the quality of the food.
(Photographs by Iveta Kovacova / Kovacova Photography)
3.5/5* (Expectations were met but it wasn’t quite a 4* experience)
Yamal Alsham , 48 Knightsbridge, SW1.
I was invited to review Yamal Alsham.
4/5 exceeded expectations
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