Dining at Lebanese restaurant, Layla is a fanciful affair. The restaurant has two distinctive areas – the blinging, posing, lounge for those who want-to-be-seen, at the front, leading into the more sophisticated eating area at the back with the most gloriously magnificent chandeliers. And at the back there are several intimate booths to one side, which overall brings a touch of ornate eastern promise to the heart of Wimbledon Village.
Meze is a staple of Middle Eastern food and Layla keeps with tradition offering a very good selection to choose from. I go for the Chilli and Garlic King Prawns and my friend the Cheese Sambousak, which are pastry parcels filled with a tangy salty cheese, which tastes very similar to halloumi and are really good. The prawns are of a decent size, but portions could be more generous, taste wise though zesty with just enough heat to let you know the chilli is there without blowing your head off.
Chilli and Garlic King Prawns
A perfectly cooked Lamb Meshwi with tasty chunks of meat with a delicious char from the grill is my choice of main. The vegetables on the plate are limp and over-cooked, and there seems to be a ‘thing’ at moment for chefs to drizzle a balsamic glaze over everything, this needs to stop, but it’s not a bad dish. All is well with my friends Lamb Kafta, who notes that it’s nicely spiced and tastes great. We share a dessert of pastries one of which includes a light, wispy and nicely sweet baklawa.
Selection of Lebanese Pastries
Layla is a pleasurable dining experience for groups, friends or a date, but it is totally overpriced. My lamb main is £19.95 and the prawn dish £9.95.
Food I Fancy was a guest of Layla.
33 High Street
London SW19 5BY
Tel: 020 8944 7696