Say hello to Ridley Road’s newest restaurant.
Following on from the success of iconic dancing spot The Face, dubbed “London’s coolest queer club”, owner Shay Malt has unveiled an all-new venture. Ridley Road in Dalston has now welcomed one of London’s only queer-owned restaurants, Yes Please.
Opening with the aim to create a fun, vibrant new space for all the community, Yes Please offers an inclusive experience helped with the addition of the central sharing table. Whether you wish for a quick pre-Saturday-night-dance meal or a dining experience that goes on for hours, Yes Please has you covered.
And, now that the weather is (only slightly, come on sun) warmer, you can enjoy Yes Please’s bougie frozen cocktails, in the form of a cooling Margarita or pale pink Paloma slushie with grapefruit and chilli. Who needs trips to the Mediterranean this summer anyway?
Plus, with the self-proclaimed “camp small plates” courtesy of head chef Jerome Slesinski, you can guarantee you’ll be eating good all evening. Following the communal theme, these dishes are all about sharing, and we recommend that you order by the piles.
Start off with some lardo fontina dippers with a lardo mayo; then tuck into their divine fried artichokes with chilli shallot sabayon; before turning your attention to samphire with watermelon radish, cured hake, and endive salad; all finished off with a pornstar tartini. Sounds just a bit heavenly, right?
On top of a diverse kitchen and restaurant team, Yes Please are also striving to support queer suppliers of produce. Their bread is sourced from Spence Bakery in Dalston and natural wine comes from Otros Vinos. Plus, much of their produce is also supplied from local traders on Ridley Road market.