We have waited patiently, and the time has come. We reported back in April that the family run Layla's Falafel, cooking up some of the best take out Middle Eastern food in CT, was scheduled to open in Westport. The time is NOW. This Monday, October 30th, Layla's will open its doors at 1537 Post Road East.
Layla's Falafel, offers a delicious and authentic Middle Eastern menu chock full of well-priced, flavorful and fresh fare. it’s a solid alternative to your standard takeout repertoire.
What do we like to eat at Layla's? Well...everything, but some standouts are The Arabic Chicken Shawerma with marinated grilled chicken rolled in a toasted wrap accompanied with garlic dip, divine creamy homemade hummus and a traditional Middle Eastern salad. The “famous” garlic dip is a heavenly concoction; we end up dipping everything in it. The salad is lightly dressed, with tomatoes, cucumbers and a unique blend of seasoning. With just the right consistency, the hummus is creamy with hints of lemon and tahini.
We also like the Falafel Deluxe Platter, served with hummus, tahini and salad.Made from dried garbanzo beans and spices, then fried to a golden brown, these falafel have a very crispy outside and a soft inside. The real kicker here is the fried eggplant that comes with this dish…so good,
Layla’s Shawerma Sandwich boasts the Middle Eastern specialty of marinated, vertically grilled chicken and lamb. A zesty combination of both meats thinly sliced, white onion, parsley and a creamy sauce will satiate a yen for meat, on-the-go.
Other dishes of note include the Middle Eastern version of rice and beans, Mujadara, made with lentils and seasoned rice; the Fattoush Deluxe, a traditional salad topped with chicken shawerma or kabob, served with the luscious garlic dip; and for vegetarians, the Maza Platter Deluxe – falafel, hummus, baba ghanoush (a chunky puree of roasted eggplant and garlic)stuffed grape leaves and tabbouleh (a salad of cracked wheat, parsley, tomatoes, mint, onions, lemon juice and olive oil). And don't miss the freshly made pita.
Not only is Layla’s fare authentic and tasty, it’s replete with wholesome ingredients that will satisfy both vegetarian and meat-eating diners. It is an excellent value, and with its casual surroundings, a kid friendly find for the more adventurous young eaters. Layla's also offers catering services which is a great way to enjoy these Middle Eastern flavors, without standing in line!
Layla’s Falafel has 3 other locations, open for lunch and dinner:
2088 Black Rock Tpke, Fairfield. 203.384.0100
936 High Ridge Road, Stamford. 203.461.9538
245 Main Street, Stamford. 203.316.9041
1537 Post Road East, Westport (coming soon)