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Ya Hala Restaurant Review: Lebanese restaurants tend to offer similar fare, but this one in the quaint Montavilla neighborhood offers rarely seen dishes, as well as friendly service. Chef Mirna Attar and her husband John work hard to make each customer feel welcome. Begin by sharing a selection of meze; we suggest the thick yogurt cheese called labneh. There’s an unusual selection of hot meze dishes such as lightly fried cauliflower and some unusual broiled beef sausages. Vegans will enjoy plenty of choices, such as makloube, a savory eggplant and basmati rice casserole. Meat eaters will enjoy the bulgar-b-dfeen made with beef shank, chickpeas and onion, or moghrabieh, chicken and beef flavored with caraway and served with yogurt. For dessert, the kitchen combines three popular sweets in the Lebanese trio. Sample the baklava, the date mamoule and the walnut mamoule (both use a sweet dough of farina soaked in rosewater). To drink, try a signature cocktail, a yogurt concoction, or a special soda such as mulberry or rosewater.