Informal, friendly Old Town bistro giving an introduction to the tastes of the Mediterranean and the Levant.
Whether you’re enjoying breakfast al fresco to take in the sights of one of Edinburgh’s most historic streets, sampling mezze over lunch or tackling generous portions of lamb casserole and chicken kebabs for dinner, this Mediterranean bistro guarantees a warm welcome at all hours of the day. Olive-green walls and colourful Moroccan lamps create a chilled-out vibe, with booth-style seating making it an intimate affair (but a pain for large groups). The hummus, baba ganoush and tzatziki dips are full of flavour, though it’s a shame to see they’ve stopped serving their homemade Iraqi bread. Elsewhere on the mezze menu are vine leaves stuffed with delicious herby rice and a fresh buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad. Hungry tourists are kept happy with sandwiches, burgers and fish and chips, but other mains – including the lamb meatballs and chicken skewers – are under-seasoned. The syrupy homemade baklava with saffron and cardamom ice-cream is best enjoyed with a cup of Arabic coffee to wrap things up.
A cosy Mediterranean bistro in the heart of Edinburgh, Laila's is found in a quaint curved stone building in the heart of the Old Town. Surrounded by rustic exposed brickwork and Mediterranean canvases, nestle in cosy upholstered booths while enjoying a host of mezzes and Lebanese specials, succulent meat dishes and decadent Middle Eastern-style desserts.
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- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Easy listening
- Capacity: 45 (24 outdoors)
- Largest group: 8
- Open since: 2013
- BYOB: £1.50 for wine, £1 for beer. corkage