Restaurant Review: Yamal Alsham at Imperial Wharf

Central London riverside developments can sometimes be soulless places, and a windswept Imperial Wharf is no exception when the sun’s not around, no matter how fashionable its Chelsea Harbour environs.

There is one venue here however which exudes some Middle-Eastern sunshine all year round: Yamal Alsham, an upmarket Syrian/Lebanese restaurant that has lifted the culinary bar in this fast-developing locality of SW6.

Yamal Alsham at Imperial Wharf SW6

Yamal Alsham at Imperial Wharf SW6

Its visual charms are revealed the moment you step inside: ornate hanging lanterns, stylish leather banquettes and a mirrored wall increasing its sense of space. The overall decorative scheme blends Old Lebanon’s classic architecture with a much more modern style befitting 21st century London.

Food-wise, the presentation and quality of the hot and cold mezze on the menu is hard to surpass on this side of the capital, with standouts including a luxuriant hoummos awarma and spicy Lebanese lamb sausages.

The grilled meats that follow the mezze maintain the high standard, while the superlative wine list fittingly encompasses Syria and Lebanon as well as the Mediterranean.

And once the fine dining and drinking is over the restaurant provides an extensive range of shisha flavours to enjoy in the chic bar area. Evening guests at the weekend are treated to traditional belly dancers enlivening the atmosphere around the tables.

It’s during these warmer months that Yamal Alsham truly comes into its own, when the weather is closer in temperature to the countries whose cuisines are so authentically conveyed, however to visit once is to return no matter what time of year it is.

By Kris Griffiths

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