September 2, 2014

Layla Mediterranean Grill and Mezze: “Got me on my knees…”

Not just a great Eric Clapton song. It’s also a great place in Holladay for your next dinner reservations: Layla Mediterranean Grill and Mezze.

And I do mean reservations. It only took me once to learn the lesson, and the second time, a good friend of the owner saved me when I forgot to get reservations, again (and proved the adage–it’s not who you know, but who knows you…). He called in for me at 5:30 PM on my anniversary, and we were seated by 6.

In my defense, I had planned on going somewhere else, but my boss insisted that Layla was the best place for the occasion. After eating there that night, I tend to agree.

Coming in from the hot summer sun, the soft lighting, tile floors, and cool air was a welcome relief. The room was comfortable, but not tight, and full of patrons. After eating, I could tell why, as well as the need for reservations.

We started out with an assortment of appetizers: kibbeh, stuffed grape leaves, and tabbouleh. The kibbeh was crispy and just spiced enough to taste exotic. The stuffed grape leaves were among the best I’ve had, and the tabbouleh provided a light tasting bit of contrast to the slightly heavier kibbeh.

For our main courses, I ordered chicken curry, which was served over vermicelli rice, and My Better-half had the mougrabieh, a soupy dish that is described on the menu as “Lebanese pearl couscous topped tender chicken, pearl onions, chick peas, and exotic spices.” Both arrived piping hot.

The chicken curry was good, but slightly on the bland side. Given that it is a curry dish, I expected a slightly heavier punch. However, I finished it off, and gladly. It was a good recipe, and I’d probably be glad to eat it again.

The mougrabieh was also delicious, and perhaps a good dish for the adventurous eater. My Better-half enjoyed it, taking the left overs home for a warm lunch the next day.

The service was great, our glasses were always full, and the meal was great experience. If you haven’t had a chance, take trip over to Layla, and see if you don’t agree.

Just don’t forget to make reservations in advance.

(All pictures are from the Layla website where you can find the full menu, restaurant story, and join their email update list)

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About Daniel Burton

Daniel Burton lives in Salt Lake County, Utah, where he practices law by day and everything else by night. You can follow him on his blog PubliusOnline.com where he muses on politics, the law, books and ideas. He is active on social media, Republican politics, and has been named to PoliticIt’s list of the “Top-50 Utah Political Opinion Leaders” on Twitter. You can reach him directly at dan.burton@gmail.com

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