Yalla Mediterranean, the flavorful, fast-casual restaurant concept, will open a Fremont, California, location on January 25. Showcasing traditional Mediterranean spices and flavors along with classic grilling techniques, Yalla’s healthful menu features responsibly raised meats, wild-caught fish, and seasonal side dishes. Yalla also offers a variety of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options for those with special dietary needs or preferences. Reflecting a strong commitment to the environment, Yalla uses 100 percent compostable packaging and welcomes guests with an in-store herb wall and live lemon tree at each location. Designed by Innovation & Design in Architecture, Yalla’s bright and airy design incorporates sustainable materials, including reclaimed wood, natural metals, and steel, and offers a communal gathering place accented with retro blue chairs and contemporary décor.
The Yalla menu is customizable and outlined in three easy steps. Skewers are grilled-to-order on a proprietary open-flame rotisserie grill while guests follow an assembly line that features a colorful display of seasonal sides. First, guests choose their style, such as a Pita Wrap, Chopped Salad (with either Power Greens or Fattoush), or Yalla Plate, which includes basmati rice, seasoned vegetables or spiced lentils, pita, and a selection of up to three Mediterranean side dishes ($8.50–$9.95). Next, guests pick a favorite, such as the house-made Falafel with GMO-free chickpea fritters, the Salmon Skewer with wild caught salmon marinated in Greek yogurt and chermoula; or Shalafel with half Chicken Shawarma and half Falafel, among others. Finally, guests can add Yalla Fries topped with feta sauce, individual sides or a sampling of three sides ($1–$2), such as Moroccan Carrot Salad, Greek Potato Salad, Turkish Slaw, and more that change seasonally. For a sweet treat, Yalla offers Greek Frozen Yogurt with a selection of toppings, such as Chocolate Pita Crumbles, Chopped Baklava, or Honey Syrup ($2.25–2.95). Yalla’s beverages include California Wines on Tap ($5), local Bottled Beer ($5), honey-mint House-Made Lemonade ($2.50), and organic black Iced Tea ($1.90).