By guest writer Susanne Koch
Yas is conveniently located across the road from the Olympia Conference Centre, where many of the large conferences and exhibitions in London take place. I was there for dinner, but it is open for lunch too. In fact, it’s open until 5 o’clock in the morning.
This intimate restaurant has 10 or 12 tables. Dark red walls are decorated with reproductions of ancient Persian art. All of the tables have a view of the rotisserie cook, preparing all kinds of delicious skewered meats—all tables except mine, a table for one in the corner by a large traditional clay oven in which all the bread was baked. I soaked up the warmth from the oven and enjoyed the chance to observe the making of traditional Middle-Eastern bread.
The menu held lots of interesting choices. For a starter I settled for dolmas—wine leaves stuffed with lemony rice, sultanas and pine nuts. This turned out to be an excellent choice: I got four were moist and tasty win leaf parcels.
For my main course I chose a casserole of lamb in a savory tomato sauce with aubergines, split peas and whole dried limes (called loomi). This was perfect for a cold day—satisfying, rich and with a surprisingly fresh zing from the dried limes.
I had a glass of red wine and a bottle of water and the whole meal (tip and VAT included) came to 20 GBP—definitely a reasonable price. The next time I’m in the area I’ll definitely go back to Yas and I’ll bring friends. Perhaps we’ll try the tea that all of the Persian guests ordered to round off the meal, served in little tea glasses with fresh mint leaves.
7 Hammersmith Road
London, W14 8XJ
Susanne Koch is an Internet professional who works as an e-learning and web communication adviser at the University of Oslo. She blogs about search engines and search engine optimization at Pandia.com. Susanne loves to travel and blogs about her journeys at Susi's Souvenirs. You may also want to have a look at Susanne Koch's homepage.
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