My wife and I went to Hala's 10 days after it opened. Hala waited on us and was quite attentive. She gave us both her soup to try (it was delish) and her Baklava (it was good). In general the food is quite good and we are really glad this Lebanese is in this Northwest neighborhood. We like that she only uses chicken breast (rather than dark meat), and her ingredients were quite fresh and savory. She will have a bit of a way to go to get to the level that Karam and Nicjolas are at, but this restaurant is well worth going into - or taking out from. We will go back every time we are in Portland.