WeFiFo Last week I had the pleasure of attending a supper club on behalf of LovePopUpsLondon with WeFiFo at the fantastic Yalla Yalla, just off of Oxford Street for a dinner hosted by the fabulous Tony Kitous. It was a colourful feast fit for a queen, with great company and some tasty wine. I think I’m still full from all of the amazing Lebanese food!
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We arrived at Yalla Yalla and were immediately greeted by the team and handed a glass of delicious Lebanese white wine before finding a seat at one of the tables where we waited for the supper club to begin with a quick welcome chat from Tony Kitous who gave us a little bit of a background of his Algerian routes and explained to us that his whole life has been like one continuous supper party (sounds like the dream life right there). We were also informed that we’d all be taking home a signed copy of his latest cook book, ‘Feasts From The Middle East’ which I’ve had a long look through and I really can’t wait to get started on recreating the delicious dishes we tried at the supper club!
Soon after this, the first selection of dishes were brought to the table to go along with the olives, pickled turnip and pickles cucumbers that were already there. It was time to dig in, the moment I’d been waiting for all day. It all looked and smelt incredible! So many colours and flavours. The first dishes to be placed on the table were:
Traditional hommos with a twist; hommos with chilli and parsley
Koosa Bil Tahina
Fried courgette and tahini dip
Baba bij Joz
Grilled aubergine and walnut dip
Aleppo roasted peppers and mixed nut dip
Cauliflower and tahini
Deep fried cauliflower topped with tahini sauce
Salatete Batenjan bil Romane
Aubergine and pomegranate salad
Village tomato salad
All of these dishes (along with some delicious flatbreads) were cold, starter-like plates which you helped yourself to. At first, everyone was being very polite and just helping themselves to small portions of everything in order to taste and see which their favourite was. It was so difficult to pick my favourite as there were so many exquisite things to chose from, but I did manage to narrow my favourites down to a couple which were: Cauliflower and tahini – this was amazing. Even though it says it’s deep fried, it’s done so delicately that it’s not too crispy and keeps all of the flavour to it. I’ve never been a huge fan of cauliflower but I think this may have changed me forever. It’s definitely something I’m going to try when I work my way through then cook book.
The Muhhamara Hallabyah was also out of this world. The flavours worked so well together and the texture was so interesting, I think this was a lot of people’s favourite plate as this was the first to be demolished.
Next up were 2 special warmer dishes:
Pastry parcels stuffed with feta and halloumi cheese
Chickpeas topped with yogurt and tahini sauce
I loved both of these but the Samboussek Halloumi was particularly dreamy. The filling was so cheesy and yet not too overpowering. There really are no words that can do these parcels of love justice.
Next was the main dish of the evening which was:
Palestinian style braised spiced chicken pie
I knew I was going to love this pie as soon as it came out. The smells that filled the air where what dreams were made of and the spices reminded me a little bit of Christmas. The taste and texture was incredible and unlike any chicken pie I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. I’ve located this in the cookbook and there’s no doubt that it’s going to be at the top of my list when I finally get around to cooking. I’m already excited.
The evening was soon coming to an end and the final dishes were served which were Rose mouhalabia with summer fruit compote (A milk dessert served with a refreshing compote of summer fruit) which was so cool. We all had a lot of fun creating boomerangs of the wobbly pudding, but it tasted amazing nonetheless. This was then washed down with mint tea (which Tony managed to spill all over me when he came over for a chat and to sign our cook books. He’s one of the most down to earth and funny people I’ve ever met and I’m so glad I could be a part of his supper club) and some of the best backlawa I’ve ever tried.
As if this wasn’t enough, we were all SO full from the evening that we were all given little Tupperware boxes so that we could fill our boots with all of the food that was left. This made for the most exciting work lunch I’ve had in a while. I let my friends try some of the little puddings that I packed and they were all immediately hooked too! Love a buffet in a box!
The full name of the event we went to was ‘Comptoir Supper Club with Tony Kitous’ and there are a few more of these events happening over the next few weeks, I’d really recommend securing your seat and preparing to be dazzled by the many culinary delights that will be whipped up for you by the Yalla Yalla team, Whether you decide to go it alone or take a friend or two with you, you’re guaranteed to have the most lovely and delicious night when you dine WeFiFo style!