We have a love affair with Leila’s. It’s our favorite local place to eat, especially for occasions when we aren’t considering budget. When we go there, we know we’ll splurge on a bottle of wine, an appetizer, salads, main courses and dessert - because it’s all that good. The ambiance is perfect for an anniversary, valentine’s day or other special, romantic event. For all the hours I spend wearing sweats and a t-shirt with my baby, I LOVE getting dressed up to go to Leila’s. It isn’t that it’s a super fancy place, either, but it’s just one of those places that screams “date night”, at least to me, and that’s cause for putting on a necklace and a dress perhaps.
How to review this place… well… let me just tell you about a few of the items we love from their menu.
Appetizer: Crispy Lobster Tempura. I can’t not get this. I crave it. The sauce, a dynamite aioli, is spicy and tangy and goes amazingly well with the lobster and the grape tomatoes. It’s all garnished with delicious caviar which adds just the right amount of salty texture. Oh the deliciousness.
Salads: We’ve tried just about all they have to offer, and they’re all great. Dan loves a caesar, and he gets the hearts of romaine often. He loves the crispy rice they put on it, to add a good crunch. I love the roasted beet salad, but I love beets.
Main: The GRILLED FILET MIGNON is to die for. It comes with potato batons, grilled asparagus, and green peppercorn “au poivre” sauce. You can tell that it’s fatty and that’s why it tastes so damn good. Don’t think about it, just get it. They always recommend other items to us, and we’ve tried and loved many of the other seasonal dishes. You really can’t go wrong, I’m sure of it.
752 Lindero Canyon Road
Oak Park, CA 91377
Open Tuesday - Sunday from 5:00pm, closed on Monday.