11906 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002534.046335 -118.464480
Neighborhoods: West Los Angeles, West LA
An unbiased review – I think if these guys pull it together, they'll have a really special place. But right now, they need some help. The menu items are great in terms of selection, but everything tastes bland. Use spices, guys! A chicken kebab should have taste, and just plain rice? Add almonds, saffron, wild cherries...something! And you should let people know you don't yet have a liquor license. No hours posted on your website? Why? I was told you want to add many new dishes from other countries. I would suggest perfecting the ones you have first. The space is great, the food is below average, but get cooks who know what they are doing, and you'll have a gem! I'm rooting for you! And don't do Groupon until you have it perfected, or you're over.
Close your eyes and imagine the perfect Kabob – The two owners circulate, greeting the guests and making sure everyone feels at home. In fact, I know their names (Sevak and Ara) because they came to our table - with a warmth and kindness not typically felt in Los Angeles - and introduced themselves. The room is modern yet comfortable. The food is of the highest quality and you can tell. I have never had filet kabob that was this tender, juicy and flavorful. I will probably be back within the next week to get my meat on... plenty of veggie dishes, and their side of vegetables is seasoned in a way that actually makes you want to eat them... the prices are medium-low, so you don't have to worry about a big bill. I am not sure if I love this place more because of the owners, location, ambiance, or the food - all of them get high high scores. There is parking in the back, so it's easy in-and-out. If you like mediterranean food, then this place is not to be missed. On your drive home you will be licking your chops and thinking about your next visit.
Hidden Gem on Wilshire Blvd – My boyfriend and I spotted Layla while we were driving down Wilshire a few days ago, and were curious enough to try it for dinner tonight. The uniquely set restaurant in an indoor/outdoor space is easy to miss from the street, but totally worth the find! The food was all delicious and light, and felt totally guilt-free. Their hummus was wonderful, as was the Layla and Mediterranean salad. They even gave us free olive tapenade! The waitress was very welcoming and outgoing, and made us feel like regulars even though it was our first time there! We will certainly be back.
Wonderful Surprise – My wife and stumbled upon Layla Cafe last weekend. It's a welcomed addition to a stretch of Wilshire that needs more great dining spots.
- The food was delicious
- The meat was perfectly prepared
- The service was great
- The ambiance was surprisingly chic
We tried several of their chicken dishes, the hummus and dinner salad. I can't wait to try everything on their menu. I'm sure we'll be loyal customers for a long time to come.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Drive along the busy stretch of Wilshire just east of Bundy and you could easily miss this unassuming cafe among the storefronts. Situated just a few steps from a McDonalds, it's an unexpected reprieve both from fast food and a typical restaurant layout: The covered outdoor courtyard--central water fountain included--is in fact the entire dining area, with side doors that lead to the kitchen or restroom. The menu offers fresh Mediterranean fare at an affordable price including ten different salads; sandwiches ranging from albacore tuna and steak to veggie wraps and turkey burgers; grilled classics including filet shish kabob, flattened chicken, wild white fish, all served with rice and side salad; and favorites like homemade hummus with soft pita, eggplant caviar and traditional Persian yogurt with mint and cucumbers.
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