Dinner at Leila - Moroccan & Lebanese Cuisine in Ealing, London

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Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

Less than a minute's walk from the Ealing Common tube station, Leila a well established restaurant in London opened four years ago, serves Middle Eastern cuisine for dine-in, takeaway and events. The variety of dishes available on the menu have been selected to appeal to all ages and palates. Leila mainly serves enticing Moroccan and Lebanese cuisine with a choice of flavoursome food prepared using fresh ingredients and is served in generous portions. Diners have the option to start the meal with nibbles such as Saj (Moroccan bread) before moving onto the dip tasting platter, soups and the mains.

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

The interior of the restaurant is a mix of both formal dining with neatly placed crockery and cutlery, tea-light candles flickering on each table along with a touch of quirky decor with colourful throws and floor cushions to give the diners a feel of the Moroccan and Lebanese culture. Moroccan and Lebanese folk art can be seen on the walls, and the restaurant also has a conservatory dining area with beautiful Moroccan lamps while the main dining area has a mix of booths as well as banquette seating perfect for small parties and gatherings. Also, don't forget to try out the Fez - a red felt headdress shaped like a short cylindrical peakless hat with a tassel attached to the top and it has been named after the Moroccan city Fez. 

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

My husband and I started off with the beverages and ordered an Apple Carrot & Ginger juice and a Carrot juice for ourselves, while a mango juice for the little one. It was quite good to know that the drinks were very reasonably priced at £2.50 each. The restaurant also serves other juices and soft drinks as well as the alcoholic drinks. 

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

Moving on to the food, I ordered a Lebanese Dip Tasting Platter for Two (£11.95) which included a perfectly made hummous, moutabal, tabouleh, kabis & spiced olives. I wasn't a fan of hummous when I was introduced to it first time 6 years ago, but after spending a few years of my life in the Middle East, I became quite a fan! Moutabal tastes somewhat same like Baba Ganoush if you're aware of that!

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

Also ordered Harira Soup (£3.50), a traditional Moroccan vegetable soup made with saffron, lentils, vermicelli, coriander and chickpeas as well as a Chicken Soup (£3.50). Although the Harrira soup was not too spicy, it was flavoursome and the chicken soup was creamy and prefect for those who do not prefer spicy food. From the cold starters, I opted for Moussakaa Batinjan (£4.25), a dish prepared using baked aubergines, chickpeas, spices, onion  and tomatoes. 

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

From the hot starters at the restaurant's menu, we ordered Sauda Djaj (£4.25), chicken liver cooked in pomegranate molasses and garlic sauce. The dish had a strong flavour and the combination of the sweet and savoury worked quite well!

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

The other hot starter I ordered was Pastilla Djaj (£4.25), a traditional Moroccan chicken filo pastry pie with roasted almond and saffron. This starter was more on the sweeter side and was served with a slice of lemon. It's totally up to you to eat it with or without squeezing some lemon juice on it, and I tried the starter both ways. The addition of a few drops of lemon juice did give the starter a  lovely taste! 

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

Since the menu at the restaurant is a combination of both Moroccan and Lebanese dishes, I also spotted delicious Tagines and grill items while skimming through it. On the recommendation of one of the restaurant's staff member, I ordered Tagine Bil Lahme (£13.50), a tender lamb dish that was cooked with prunes, roasted almonds and caramelised onions - a very hearty dish and also the 'showstopper' of our meal! The Tagine was served with couscous and was absolutely brilliant in taste! 

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London
Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

From the grill, I ordered Lamb Meshwi (£13.95) - the dish included lamb cubes that had been marinated and grilled, and was served with pickles, grilled tomato and some green salad. All the items from the grill at Leila are served with a choice of chips or rice - and my choice was chips as I had my little one with me. There was also a slice of Khubz, an Arabic bread which paired up with the lamb cubes and humous or garlic sauce makes a delicious bite. 

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

With plenty of choice for the diners including the vegetarian dishes as well as the salads, it wouldn't have been fair to end the meal without something sweet, and at a restaurant serving Middle Eastern cuisine, my choice is always a baklava with some piping hot Mint tea!  There are also some other desserts served at the restaurant, but we were too full to try anything else, but maybe next time. 

Leila Halal Moroccan Lebanese cuisine in London

Leila is open 7 days a week from 12 noon – 10.30pm and as mentioned earlier, Leila also provides event and catering services and can cater for parties and gatherings ranging from 10 - 700 people, whether they're corporate events, weddings or themed parties and functions. We had a lovely Moroccan and Lebanese meal at Leila and I've already made a list of things I need to try next time I plan to eat there. They also serve set menus and that also seems to be a good option! 

Leila is launching a wonderful Moroccan Afternoon Tea from Saturday 3rd November with homemade pastries, savouries and scones, with Moroccan tea.




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Rating: 8/10 
Pricing: Medium 
Halal Options: Everything is Halal
Child-Friendly: Yes, sitting is child friendly but not sure about baby changing.
Alcohol Available: Yes
Location: Grosvenor Parade, Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London W5 3NN
Contact: 020 8993 2782
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11 comments:

  1. Now this looks like an amazing place to go and dine. I have to say I don't think I've been to a Moroccan / Lebanese Cuisine restaurant before, but it is something I would love to try.

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  2. Wow, what variety you had. So many great dishes. I really like the sound of the Sauda Djaj. Mich x

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  3. I have tried Lebanese food before but not Moroccan. So much choice and many different flavours to enjoy

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  4. Ooooh not only does the food look and taste delicious but I love the deco - oddly enough, it reminds me of a random restaurant I went to in Amsterdam once! x

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  5. I love lebanese food so this all looks really tasty to me! Love all the tapas style dishes so you can try loads of stuff x

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  6. I wish I lived closer to Ealing - I love Lebanese/Moroccan cuisine x

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  7. What an amazing spread, totally loving the Moroccan and Lebanese dishes in the post. The interior is beautiful and colourful as well.

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  8. I love that London has such a wide range of cuisine available and this place sounds amazing! The food all looks really fresh and delicious and the prices look really fair too!

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  9. Oh this looks like a really beautiful place, and the food looks divine! Love that you got to try such a variety of dishes too x

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  10. I've never tried Lebanese cuisine but really want to. This all looks absolutely delicious!

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  11. I really love the sound of the lamb meshwi out of all of the dishes the most. I’ve not tried Moroccan food before but I think I would want to now after reading about the dishes and flavours.

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