We had a great meal - from start to finish - at Laili. We went on a very busy evening (UCSC graduation weekend). The staff (hostess and wait staff) were very friendly, helpful and attentive. We started with a butternut squash appetizer - it was a very (very) shareable appetizer with wonderful flavor (they give each table some free naan to use - we used it with this appetizer). We then ordered two more vegetarian items - the eggplant and cauliflower - both cam with saffron basmati rice and one came with chickpeas while the other had chard with caramelized onions. So I am not usually a chard fan - but it was very nice and the flavoring of both the entrees was really done well. I have had eggplant many ways and this was unique and I would get it again and again. We could not finish our meals - so the food was not only very tasty, but the portions were more than enough. The atmosphere was great as was the decor. The prices were absolutely reasonable. I am not a vegetarian - I just ordered that way this night - but the meat dishes, when they went by our table, looked and smelled wonderful. Two very small things I would suggest - ice for the water (I like really cold water and it was slightly chilled) and a longer sparkling wine list (I said they were small things!).
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