Following a fantastic first visit to Yamas Meze and Tapas, almost a year ago, it was most definitely time for another Saturday night delving into the deliciousness of Mediterranean tapas at this fantastic restaurant in Nottingham.
As the main dishes are all tapas plates, you don’t really need starters, but we couldn’t possibly say no to warm pitta breads, tzatziki, hummus, patzarosalata (beetroot and greek yoghurt) and tabbouleh (a tomato and herb cous cous salad). This was the perfect starter to get the taste buds flowing and everything tasted extremely fresh and well seasoned with Mediterranean flavours and spices which was great!
The service was great and all the staff were extremely friendly as they showed us upstairs to our table. However, the only thing I will say is that we waited rather a long time between our starters and tapas plates being brought out. I understand this is down the dishes being freshly made, but it just meant we were extremely hungry whilst we waited.
I do intend to just talk about my highlights, but it was all so amazing that I might get carried away….I would say that the monkfish wrapped in pancetta was my favourite dish, the fish was insanely tender and literally cooked to perfection with the taste of the fish being complimented perfectly by the saltiness of the pancetta.
The souvlaki was also extremely tasty, especially the lamb skewer, again the meat was cooked perfectly and just slightly pink with the most gorgeous taste from the herbs and the meat itself. With freshly squeezed lemon juice and homemade tzatziki, this plate was also a huge highlight for me.
Of course is goes without saying that the chorizo en sidra was delicious with the smokiness of the sausage partnering with the tangy cider amazingly. We also chose the gambas al ajillo which was prawns cooked in a lemon and herb butter which were also lovely.
We ordered the kalamari which was tender deep fried squid with alioli, pork and beef meatballs in a tomato sauce, fried halloumi cheese, patatas bravas (of course) and a Greek salad with the most delicious feta cheese and seasoning.
The atmosphere in Yamas is lovely, really homely and friendly, meaning it’s a great place to sit back, chat, have a drink and ‘chow down’ on some really delicious food with friends and family.
This time around I enjoyed the experience even more than the first as we chose our own dishes rather than sticking to a set menu – although this was amazing – it was better to choose exactly what we fancied. Next time we will definitely try some different meat and fish dishes.
Three words to describe Yamas: Authentic, friendly and so tasty.
Yamas Nottingham – 9.5/10: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I’m a huge tapas fan, is there anywhere you would recommend in Nottingham? Or even any recipes you love to cook at home?