If you haven’t already noticed I am pretty much obsessed with food here on The Dizzying Heights. Living and working in London makes it relatively easier to try out some amazing restaurants (not saying that you can’t find great food outside of London!), but I have to say that I truly love eating out at new places.
Whenever I say that people always think that I eat out at some of the fancier places in London. Not disputing the fact that there are some very snazzy (and oh, pricey) eateries in the capital, but there are some incredible places to eat that don’t also cost an arm and a leg.
So when I was asked to review a restaurant* in Ealing (my old work stomping ground) and of one of my favourites cuisines, I was over the bloody moon.
Leila’s is a traditional Middle Eastern restaurant, serving delicious Moroccan-Lebanese food. The location is ideal, a 2 minute walk from Ealing Common Station. We actually walked from the broadway which took us around 15 mins, and it’s actually quite a nice walk if it’s not raining or freezing cold.
The first thing I noticed in the restaurant was the decor. It was so cute and casual; there is a conservatory area at the front of the restaurant which is where we decided to sit, but inside they have large comfortable areas with sofas and cushions which give such a cosy vibe – with the cold well on its way, this kind of thing is always well appreciated!
The menu here was extensive but whenever I’ve eaten Middle Eastern food, I always order lots of the hot and cold mezze so I thought why change the habit of a lifetime?
- Spicy Hummous
- Baba Ghanouj
- Warak Inab (stuffed vine leaves)
- Cous Cous Salad
- Grilled Halloumi
- Batata Darna
- Bread Basket + Garlic Sauce
It doesn’t sound like a lot but the portion sizes were perfect and very good value for money, so by the end of the meal, we were stuffed! We washed our delicious meal down with some mint tea and I also tried the homemade lemonade, it was so good!
I truly believe that staff make a restaurant. It really doesn’t matter to me how good the food is, if the waiting staff are rude or I just feel uncomfortable, then I will not be returning. I’m happy to say that the service was wonderful at Leila’s. The plates were only taken once the waiter was 100% that we were done with it (i.e. had moved it to another table because our table didn’t have enough space lol), and he didn’t ask us if the food was okay too many times (if you know).
All in all, Leila’s is a place I will definitely be returning to. The food is not too pricey and tastes delicious, the restaurant itself is cosy and fabulous (I will be sitting on the comfy seats next time) and I believe there is something for everyone here. The only negative thing I can think of is that they don’t do shisha! Oh and I heard a rumour that there are belly dancers at Christmas…
Do you like Middle Eastern food? Have you ever tried Leila’s?