No meal at Leila would be complete without taste-testing the signature spreads and breads. They’re inspired by different Middle Eastern cuisines, from the Persian Gulf to the rural communities of India. Fresh hummus, baba ghanoush, and muhammara complement butter naan, pita bread, and spinach and goat cheese kulcha.
The spreads and breads represent just a snapshot of the chef’s talents. He and the rest of the kitchen team craft other small plates such as saffron shrimp, tandoori wings, and potato samosas to start. When it comes to the entrees, they’re always hard at work creating authentic dishes like the butter chicken and slow-cooked lamb curry. Prefer beef? Order the koobideh kabob. Want to go meat-free? The carrot and eggplant curry should suit you. It’s smothered with a yellow curry sauce and paired with chutney and basmati rice. On the side, order smaller dishes like the Shirazi salad teeming with Persian cucumber, tomato, and onions or the dal tadka lentils cooked with ghee and a blend of spices. For dessert, savor a slice of baklava or key lime cheesecake with mango coulis.