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Mediterranean tastes at Layla in SLC

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Layla Grill and Mezze

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In the last few years, Mediterranean cuisine has found a lot of fans in Salt Lake City so the recent opening of Layla Grill and Mezze in Holladay has already been met with enthusiasm. Located in the building that formerly housed Confetti’s, Layla is likely to become the new hangout for the hip crowd that wants to enjoy fine dining without heading downtown.

Most of the items on the menu at Layla are made with fresh local ingredients including Morgan Valley lamb, vegetables from the owners’ mom’s garden, local bakeries and others.

By far the stand out dish is the Lebanese Moussaka ($10 lunch, $14 dinner). Perfectly cooked eggplant (from mom’s garden) with well-spiced beef and ripe tomato sauce (tomatoes also from mom’s garden) made this the hit of our party. You can get the recipe and see Tony Tadros and his twin sister making this dish on Good Things Utah.

Other must tries are the Muhammara Walnut Spread ($7.50) which is a delicious blend of roasted red peppers, toasted walnuts and pomegranate molasses. The Halloum Cheese ($10, $8 or $7 depending upon size) is pan fried and placed on a bed of cucumbers and tomatoes—a nice combination of salty cheese with crisp vegetables. Finally, Layla’s Signature Fries ($4) are served with an out-of-this-world harissa aioli dipping sauce that kept us coming back for more. The Morgan Valley lamb kabob ($16) was well-seasoned and cooked perfectly.

Layla has a full liquor license and offers some nice Lebanese wines for reasonable prices as well. Turkish coffee and desserts round out the menu.

4751 South Holladay Blvd.

Holladay, UT 84117

801-272-9111

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