We had the opportunity to share wine and a wonderful dinner with Sheral recently.  We went to Layla Mediterranean Grill and Mezze located in Holladay.  Layla is owned by the Tadros family.  Mom and dad are from Egypt and Lebanon and have been in the restaurant business for over 30 years.  It shows.

We started with a white wine from Lebanon (yes there are wonderful wines from Lebanon!) and later with another red wine from Sheral’s personal cellar.  Chateau Musar, 2001 from the Bekaa Valley.  [Their site:]  Both were delicious and somewhat different from the other reds and whites I’ve been having lately.

Then there is the food itself.  We started with an assortment of mezze, each one more scrumptious than the one before.  The lamb sausages, Baba Ghanouj, Muhammara (made with walnuts, peppers and pomegranate molasses.  What’s not to love?) were rich and so full of flavor, we wondered if ordering dinner entrees was a mistake.

However when the main dishes came, we were rewarded again.  The menu selections are varied with something for everyone from carnivores to veggivores.  Every dish has its heart and soul in Lebanon and the middle east.  We had a giant plate of Tabbouleh which complemented each dish.

No matter how full you think you are, and you will be full, don’t forego the desserts.  Traditional pastries, ice cream from rose and orange blossoms, even key lime pie.

OK.  Now you can stop.  You won’t want to, but it is best to stop before you actually do burst.

Mezze: $7 – 10
Entrees: $16 – $20 (except for the Rib Eye)