Welcome to our Restaurant

مطعم ياهلا – Yahala Mataam is Arabic for Welcome Restaurant.

The idea for Yahala Mataam came after sampling the food cooked by Syrians living in York. An Arabic feast full of flavour, household recipes handed down many generations; cooked for the first time in the City.

Yahala Mataam is a Social Enterprise hosted by York City Church. It’s mission is to give opportunity, build confidence & instil dignity in the lives of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in York. It does through a Pop-up restaurant, street food stand and a cookery school. 

Open for bookings:

Saturday 22nd June @ Bluebird Acomb – book here.
Friday 19th July @ the Citadel

  • Do you like the sound of learning to make Guinean Peanut Butter Stew in your own home?
  • What about having a lesson with an experienced Bangladeshi chef as he teaches you how to make curry from Dhaka?
  • Or what about having a go at making Ukrainian Vareniki dumplings, taught by a refugee chef from York?

Yahala-at-Home is here for you. Through our online cookery school our Refugee and Asylum Seeker Chefs will teach you how to cook from their home so that you can enjoy the taste of it in your own home.

As seen on TV

Recently we’ve been featured on the BBC a number of times.

Food Fest England (February 2023),

BBC Look North (March 2023)

Coast to Coast Food Festival (24th March 2023)

What to expect.

When you come to Yahala Mataam there isn’t a menu to choose from; you’ll be served up a feast of Arabic drinks, savouries & sweets to share with those on your table.

We can cater for specific dietary requirements – please let us know when you book!

There is no set price for your feast. We suggest a donation of £25 per person, but you are welcome to pay what you like!

We’re able to accept gifts in cash, card payments, contactless, Google pay and Apple pay. 



The Citadel, Gillygate

York. YO31 7EA