FINALLY got to Reyla, and I’ll most definitely be going back. We had a terrific server (Nichole, iirc), the signature Hey Reyla cocktail was fabulous (aquavit, lemon, mint syrup–tart, not sweet, and perfectly balanced in a more-than-legit rocks glass), the prices are fair, and the portions were far more generous than I expected (a good thing). Two of us shared:
Hot out-of-the-oven pita, which is served with olive oil and z’aatar (both for dipping) $3
Beef and Lamb Kofte ($11) are 3 sliders served on a carrot/cumin puree; delicious
Kale salad was more than enough for the two of us; perfectly dressed, and the tahini dressing was YUMMY
Mantar trio I guess mantar means mushroom in another language; there were 3 kinds of mushroom (grilled king trumpet, maitake tempura, and pickled lemon oyster). My favorite was definitely the trumpet because you could really taste the mushroom. The maitake was lost to the fryer, and the oysters just didn’t have any discernible flavor. It was the only disappointment, although my friend kept saying he didn’t care, because of the fried stuff.
Mussels My friend ordered these at my insistence, because I had seen them on Instagram and thought they looked/sounded amazing. I can’t eat them due to a shellfish allergy, but he loved them–and couldn’t fully finish the whole bowl.
The Lamb tagine ($15) was full of cinnamon but I wish it had braised longer; the meat was tender, but some of the vegetables were a little crunchier than I expect in a tagine.
All in all, very tasty and I can’t wait to try some of the other items on the menu (but I’m sticking with that cocktail!)…they’re also doing LAMB BURGER night on Wednesday; iirc, it’s something like $15 for a burger, harissa-spiced fries (!!!), and a beer or glass of wine. @joonjoon (and any of you other HOs in the area), let’s do this!!