- wineguy7 Aug 14, 2009 03:15 PM
Mrs. Wineguy and I rolled into this Richmond District cafe for an early dinner last night. We tried a few of the appetizers: Bourek, Baba Ganouj and Falafel. The appetizers were a little disappointing. The Bourek seemed thin on the filling, the Baba Ganouj seemed under seasoned and the Falafel, while soft and delicious inside, were over-fried and really hard on the outside. Our main courses were much more to our liking. Mrs. Wineguy had the Kefta Kabob: it was very flavorful. I had the Lamb Kabob, which arrived at the requested medium rare. The lamb was nice and tender. Layaly also served some of the better french fries I've had in a while. We didn't care much for the wine list, but drank some Lebanese beer called Almaza. We would definitely go back to Layaly and try some other appetizers. In general our experience there was very positive.
Any other recent experiences at this location?
Under new management, Layaly is another hidden gem on Clement Street. Special House Dinners were $10 last night: Okra and Beef with a Tomato sauce; Chicken with a Pomegranate Sauce; Kefta or kofte meaf balls of ground beef and ground lamb in a Lentil Sauce - all served on a bed of rice. Service is sublime; professional and sweetly friendly. Ambience is +++++. Parking is a challenge.
We had Arabian Tea $3 with refills. Lemon Caper Shrimp $16; deliciously seasoned with zatar, lemon, capers and served with beautifully grilled squash of zucchini and yellow squash, red onion, tomato and couscous. A crisp and perfectly dressed Greek salad of Romaine, feta, olives and cherry tomatoes, $8. A comfort food and satisfying House Special of the kofte meat balls on rice with lentil and onion sauce $10.
Luncheon Specials are offered for $7.
2435 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Layaly has been our favorite Middle Eastern restaurant in the area. The appetizers have been the epitome of freshness...at least they were under the original owner. The choice now is a limited version of what was previously available. We don't have enough experience with the present ownership to be critical.