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Ya Hala Restaurant Review: You might think if you've seen one Lebanese restaurant you've seen them all, but this family-run restaurant in the up and coming Montavilla neighborhood goes way beyond hummus, and you'll find dishes rarely seen outside Lebanon. Chef Mirna Attar and her husband John work hard to make every customer feel welcome. Begin by sharing a selection of meze; we suggest the thick yogurt cheese called labneh. There’s also an unusual selection of hot meze such as lightly fried cauliflower and house-made broiled beef sausages. Vegans will enjoy choices such as makloube, a savory eggplant and basmati rice casserole. Meat eaters will like the bulgar-b-dfeen made with beef shank, chickpeas and onion, or moughrabieh, chicken and beef flavored with caraway and served with yogurt. Among desserts is shaibeyat, phyllo leaves filled with cream, drizzled with rosewater, and sprinkled with pistachios. For beverages, try lemonade with orange blossom water, a yogurt drink, or Lebanese sodas in intriguing flavors such as rosewater, jallab and tamarind. There's a full bar, too. Service can be slow, so come prepared to relax and enjoy the experience.