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Leila's Bistro

sylviag Aug 20, 2013 01:22 PM

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. crazyspice RE: sylviag Aug 20, 2013 02:23 PM

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

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      sylviag RE: crazyspice Aug 20, 2013 03:26 PM

      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.

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        crazyspice RE: sylviag Aug 20, 2013 03:39 PM

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

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          cwdonald RE: crazyspice Aug 22, 2013 12:19 PM

          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.

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      FayeD RE: sylviag Aug 20, 2013 04:56 PM

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

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        sylviag RE: sylviag Aug 22, 2013 12:10 PM

        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.

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          JanR RE: sylviag Aug 23, 2013 10:04 AM

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

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            pbplus RE: sylviag Jan 12, 2014 06:32 PM

            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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              pbplus RE: pbplus Jan 12, 2014 06:36 PM

              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.

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