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“Best Meal of Our Trip” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Layalina

Layalina
Ranked #80 of 1,480 Restaurants in Lille
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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184 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Best Meal of Our Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

We had reserved a table and were a little early and the first people in the restaurant but were welcomed and ushered in whilst they continued to prepare for service. We ordered the mezze for three which was excellent value at under 17 euros per person. Service was very attentive but discreet and didnt change as the restaurant filled up. It is a small place and given the quality of the food i would think ti would be wise to book if you are thinknig of going there. The Lebanese wine was excellent and went extremely well with the food. A range of dips, salads , vine leaves etc was a cold first course which were then followed by a hot course of which the felafel were seen as being a highlight though we eat everything with gusto and a lot of appreciative noises. We then tried three delightful lebanses desserts which we all shared and they were as we were warned very sweet! but delicious. Rounded off with Lebanese coffee, which was strong and spicy. It was an excellent meal and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the place to anyone. It is a little walk from the centre 10 mins or so but really worth it.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Good Lebanese”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

Layalina is a bit away from the beaten track I suspect. I used an app on my phone ( Poynt ) to wend my way from the Novotel Suite Hotel and down some streets my wife was not overly keen on. Lille would benefit from some investment in its drainage infrastructure as some aroma's on the way were horrendous. When we got to Layalina, our initial impression was that it was closed. we then detected some movement inside and entered. "Table pour deu ?" seemed a safe question as there we were the only clientelle. "Hmmm", followed by a long scrutiny of the bookings and "Oui...ici?" As it happened within minutes the place was awash with customers and filled up rapidly. We went for the Mezzze number two which gave us Lebanese bread and six dips / starters followed by a trio of Kebabs with salad. We did order a beer and a water after we had finished a bottle of Lebanese wine but by then I think the waiter had been overwhelmed by the volume of diners. He recognised this and was very apologetic at the end, on asking for the bill we were offered a small dessert to top the evening off. The food was very tasty and the waiter took time out to explain everything. A nice bustling atmoshere prevailed and I would happily go back. Bill including wine came to approx 60 euros

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rome, Italy
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65 reviews
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“a very special dinner!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2011

The restaurant is a typical, 100% original Libanese restaurant. The owners are a married couple from Libano, the husband is the waiter, the wife is the cook.
The food is fantastic! We had the Menu # 1 and with only 15.40 euro per person you can have 6 different starters and 1 main course (composed by 4 different dishes).
Everything perfect: the environment, the food, the service, E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G !

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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