On Bell Boulevard
Bar and Restaurant
Bell Blvd., Bayside
to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday; 11
a.m. to 10 p.m.
I entered Lailla Bar and Restaurant in Bayside, I knew I was in for an authentic
taste of Turkey.
starters, my companion and I tasted a bowl of Lailla’s Lentil Soup ($3.75),
which to our pleasant surprise, was much lighter and more flavorful than the
average lentil soup. Combined with Lailla’s fresh pita bread – served with a
delicious yogurt, cucumber and dill spread called Cacik – the soup was a
perfect way to start.
Shrimp Tava with vegetables and a “secret” red sauce, was sweet and tangy,
and reasonably priced at $7.25 as part of a special lunch menu served from 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
dieters, Lailla offers five unique salads, from a delicious Jerusalem Salad to a
Greek Salad with all the fixings. There are also dozens of kebabs, as well as
world-class falafel, which one patron commented was the best he ever had.
restaurant’s fish is fresh and reasonably priced, with choices ranging from
swordfish to red snapper to porgy. Lailla’s lamb chops are also more tender
than any I’ve ever had, and their Kavurma, or diced lamb with onion, fresh
tomato and pepper, is definitely worth a try.
filling up on traditional Turkish favorites, we tried some Kayisi Tatlisi, or
Turkish apricots filled with almonds, light syrup and cream. The crunchiness of
the nuts mixed with the soft cream and fresh apricots is a taste I will be
returning to try again, I assure you.
highly suggest you head to Lailla and try its unique cuisine for yourself. Stop
by on Friday or Saturday at 10 p.m. and enjoy a traditional belly dancer in
addition to the top notch food. There are so many treats to try, you’ll keep
coming back for more. I know I will.