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Aug 20, 2013 01:22 PM

Leila's Bistro

There is a treasure on West Avenue in Jenkintown.

For a long time, I haven't known of any destination places in Jenkintown or Glenside. Good, pleasant, but not outstanding. Well, this is it.

We had a delicious and delightful dinner here this weekend.
And it is French, a cuisine rare around these parts.

Four of us enjoyed - and raved - over appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
My foie gras was as good a preparation as any I have had. The crabmeat and avocado salad was wonderful, and the scallop appetizer was highly praised.

My husband's duck breast entree was proclaimed the best ever - he misses the one at Nan. The St. Peters fish was crispy outside, juicy within (said my daughter) and my chicken breast (which I rarely order) was excellent. I loved the assortment of grilled vegs that accompanied my entree along with gnocchi.

If you go, don't skip dessert. Four choices were offered. My daughter and I shared the butterscotch pot-de-creme, made with real Scotch - wow! Our son-in-law had the bittersweet chocolate pot-de-creme, which he loved. What I long for next time is the homemade apple pie, topped with ice cream, that my husband devoured. A crispy cinnamon topping and firm fruit inside. What can be better than a great pie crust?

Service was excellent. Ambience: small and attractive.

byob. Cash or checks only.
Not cheap, but worth every penny.

Bring cash. Only cash or checks are accepted.

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  1. They do not have a website or online menu that I can find. What are the average entree prices?

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    1. re: crazyspice

      There is no website. I am sorry that I didn't ask for a copy of the menu.
      The entrees were in the 20's; some, like the duck breast, in the high 20's.
      Appetizers were 8 to 10 (I think). My foie gras was 15.
      Among the four of us, we had 5 appetizers, 4 entrees, and 4 desserts. Our bill was about $200, including tax but not including tip.
      Also: the menu was sufficiently traditional that we will be able to take friends who only eat fish or meat and potatoes.
      Not exotic, but definitely creative.

      1. re: sylviag

        That's not bad. And we are very attracted to BYO spots.

        1. re: crazyspice

          If you go to the unmentionable Y web site and look at reviews for the restaurant, there is one person who uploaded an example menu. You will see prices there.

    2. Thanks for the excellent review Sylvia. It is always nice to find new byob places.

      1. Just wanted to add - there are only seven tables at Leila's.
        We had heard that it is hard to get reservations - easier in summer.
        Also, they are closed on Sundays.

        1. Thanks Sylvia! Great to hear of a good French byob is the area.

          1. Can you be any more specific on the "not cheap" comment? I'm interested in checking it out, but I'm frustrated that they don't appear to have a website where I can get a sense of their ambiance and prices.

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            1. re: pbplus

              Oops! Sorry for asking a question that had already been answered! The thread didn't fully load the first time, so it showed me the original message without any replies. Now I can see the discussion.