Wonderfully no-frills restaurant Yunie Kebab is run by a Lebanese husband-and-wife team who took over a charming seventies diner and changed nothing about it but the menu. They now serve up incredible Lebanese food, and quite possibly the best hummus in Madrid.
A Syrian friend recommended Yunie for its dedication to millennia-old Middle Eastern recipes and its silky-smooth hummus, which took us straight back to a two-table hummuseria in Antakya (a small city in Turkey near the Syrian border).
The owner, Ibrahim, made his hummus the traditional way by first pounding the ingredients together in a large vessel until smooth, and then serving it with pickled gherkins, diced tomato and a peppering of cumin.
YUNIE’S RETRO SALON
This cosy Madrid eatery is stunningly kitsch, having barely changed since the previous owners decked it out with modest seventies splendour. There are smokey-pink mirrors on every wall and a vase of plastic flowers by the Orient Express-style leather booths. The whole place is every shade of brown, set off by a little colour from half a dozen photographs of Jounieh, the ancient ruin-studded coastal city in Lebanon from which this restaurant takes its name.
Yunie Kebab lies in the heart of Madrid’s university area and gets a huge amount of custom from in-the-know students. Everything on the menu is cheap, tasty and nostalgic, mixing no-frills food with a proper dining experience. Here are just some of the dishes on the menu:
Yunie Kebab’s decor will have you convinced you’re in a Pedro Almódovar film, but its food will take you straight across the Mediterranean to the Middle East, and you’ll never be able to buy hummus from Mercadona again.
- Address: Calle de Meléndez Valdés, 64
- Nearest metro: Moncloa / Argüelles
- Opening hours: Mon-Sat 1 pm-12 am / Sundays 1 pm-11 pm