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.
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.
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.