Layla by Meir Adoni

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€31 to €50
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Mediterranean
Layla is the new modern Mediterranean x Middle Eastern restaurant & bar in Berlin hosted by cosmopolitan chef Meir Adoni. His restaurants in Tel Aviv and New York are already well established and distinguished as the top places in the culinary scene.
Layla Restaurant offers a casual-fine dining experience with a menu that allows sharing dishes between friends along with an à-la-carte menu.
For a more speakeasy evening setting, guests can choose to sit at the rounded bar and order a nice selection of bar food and complementing drinks.
The drinks menu consists of a well-selected choice of local spirits and organic wines. The wines list predominantly contains wines from Europe as well as the Middle East. Emanuele Broccatelli, a renowned Italian mixologist, is in charge of the drinks served at Layla. He is creating new concoctions complementing chef Meir Adoni’s food.
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FM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We visited Layla on Sunday evening, party of 4.
Seating: We waited 5 minutes to be seated: nobody was at the entrance desk, we entered alone through the bar, nobody asked us anything. In the end someone saw us and took us to the table. We were given menus (in German), but as we were speaking among us another language, they talked to us in English (which was OK, but seems arbitrary). The first impression was mediocre.
Placing the order: Two waiters came to take the order, one was doing the talking the other was writing. We asked if some dish contains onions (one of us has a problem with onions) and they said yes and that it cannot be done without as they are a "chef-restaurant" and they do not do such things. We visit quite often fine dining restaurants, we know the drill, so the comment of the waiter was patronizing (and useless, as they actually made the respective dish without onions..). The wine recommendation was bad: we asked for white wine, he said "we have a mineral wine from Lebanon, and a Riesling". No special comments/recommendation, what one would expect from a "fine dining" restaurant, with a sommelier. Overall impression: bad.
Service: We ordered bread, starters, and mains. We only ordered bread because the waiter strongly recommended it. As such, there was too much food for everyone, so again a minus. The starters were brought one by one, with about 5 minutes in between, and one was probably forgotten, as it was brought to the table about 20 minutes later. This is ridiculous. We have also waited for the drinks a lot (two bottles of mineral water and a cocktail - took them 20 minutes for the water!!). The mains were served in a good way. Overall impression: bad.
Food: all the dishes were good, but we ordered too much (again, at their recommendation). Overall impression: good.
Bill: Prices are OK.
The worst: after we paid, as we were leaving, the waiter came running after us and asked if we paid. Highly unprofessional.
Not going there again.

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GM
Berlin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE FOOD AND THE LOCATION ARE OUTSTANDING. THE MUSIC WAS MUCH TO LOUD SO THAT WE COLD NOT HAVE A GOOD CONVERSATION

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EA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

excellent food, everything with a twist, imaginative, fresh, opinionated. the waiter told us after we ordered that there was a big table ahead of us, and our order would be delayed, which shouldn't be the case in a restaurant of this class. Anyway, food arrived relatively early. I ordered a glass of white one which they had run out of, and then a second one, which they had also run out of. found this a bit strange.
Place itself is beautiful, although sound proofing is rather poor, we had to speak at a very high tone to hear each other.
Starters were excellent, main course (scallops) a bit funny, too many flavours and mix for my taste.
overall, a good experience, and very nice take on middle eastern cuisine.

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SA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best meal I had in Germany. and I live here for almost 3 years. creative, imaginative, full of flavours....

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JW
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect creative food and excellent service. They really care and take care of you! Loved it.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Jennifer, Thank you so much for the visit and the nice review. It made us real happy to read, because we love to take care of our guests and make them feel at home. We hope you will come back soon. Team Layla

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food with great design. Very lovely staff

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded 6 days ago

Hallo Armin, Thank you so much for your visit. We are so happy you liked the service and the design, created by BALD studio. We look forward to your next visit!! Team Layla

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EG
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was between good and great, depends which dish. Service, some of they guys where very friendly but the main table waiter was not that nice and ruined the friendly atmosphere.

Also seating on the sofa and eating is very uncomfortable, I would recommend to ask for a regular table.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded 6 days ago

Hello EGqq, We would like to thank you for your visit and giving us some feedback from your experience. We will definitely take it into consideration. We hope next time you come we can make up for it. Looking forward to see you soon. Team Layla

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SK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and so was the service.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded 6 days ago

Hello ShaniK, Thank you so much for your visit. We’re happy you found both food and service fantastic! Looking forward to your next visit! Team Layla

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Has become a hotel restaurant with no personality of its own.
Relying of the large number of hotel guests the staff does not have to make any
extra effort.
The food is rather pedestrian.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded 6 days ago

Hello JonD, Thank you for your visit and taking the time to write a review. We will take your feedback into consideration and find ways to improve our service. We’re sorry this time the experience didn’t met your expectations but we hope you might visit us again in the future. Team Layla

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FG
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tolle Atmosphäre! Das Essen ist absolut köstlich und mit Leidenschaft angerichtet. Der Service und die Betreuung sind professionell und sehr zuvorkommend. Super schöne Einrichtung abgerundet mit guter Hintergrundmusik - also ein wunderbares Erlebnis im Layla!

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CA
Munich
24 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Wir haben Layla Samstags abends zu Viert besucht. Unsere Erwartungen waren hoch - allerdings hatte ich im Vorfeld bereits eine gewisse Skepsis, da Restaurants, die in einem Hotel untergebracht sind von einem bunten Publikum aufgesucht werden. So auch in diesem Fall. In der Bar als auch im Restaurant trifft man Gäste, Männer wie Frauen in touristischer Kleidung sprich kurzen Hosen, was hinsichtlich der Bewertung Ambiente bereits zu ersten Abzügen führt. Der Service war sehr durchwachsen. Ein Ober spricht nur englisch - eine Kollegin dagegen nur deutsch. Nach einer gewissen Zeit weiß man nicht mehr mit wem man sich in welcher Sprache verständigen soll. Ungeachtet dessen war die Beratung durch den Service sehr mau. Am Ende musste ich uns unseren Wein auch selbst nachschenken. Damit sind wir auch bereits bei den Getränken und Gerichten. Unser Wein ein Chenin Blanc aus Israel war top. Das Brot aus Jerusalem, sowie unsere Starter waren geschmacklich sehr interessant und sehr gut. Die Hauptgerichte konnten nicht mithalten, insbesondere das Lamm war schwach. Sehr durchwachsen war das Fleisch und der Geschmack erzeugte keinen Wow Effekt. Diesen Wow Effekt hatten wir uns eigentlich bei allem erhofft. Unsere beiden Desserts, die wir uns teilten, haben uns wieder gefallen. Alles in allem war an diesem Abend in vielen Aspekten viel Luft nach oben. Zusammengefasst haben nicht das Publikum, nicht der Service, noch das Essen unsere Erwartungen aber ich vermute auch nicht die Erwartungen des Restaurants, die sie an sich selbst stellen, erfüllt. Eine Weiterempfehlung von Layla werde ich nur sehr selektiv tun.

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M
Leipzig
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very good restaurant, but the prices are a bit outrageous for Berlin. The food was creative and very tasty, the service was professional and friendly, the ambience was classy and hip. I have just one question: why am I expected to pay New York prices when we know Berlin is generally much cheaper than NYC? We may come back again for a *very* special occasion, but until then there are many good restaurants in Berlin much cheaper than this one.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Marven, Thank you for your visit and feedback. Regarding what you wrote, we would like to let you know that we only work with the best quality products and ingredients, some of them imported all the way from Israel and the Middle East. That's why when we set our prices, we try to do it accordingly, but still trying to be affordable and competitive. Our menu is seasonal and prices vary. We hope to see you soon. Team Layla

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M
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m glad we tried Layla! It was a great experience, very unique and tasty food, attentive service and overall a very pleasant experience. I would visit it again and even recommend people visiting Berlin to definitely try it out.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Maysingh, We want to thank you for your visit. We're very glad you had a nice experience in the restaurant, and that you enjoyed our food and service. We're grateful for your recommendation and we look forward to your next visit. Team Layla

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BM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Layla by Meir Adoni war eine echte Entdeckung: fantastische Gaumenfreuden raffiniert zubereitet und serviert, eine exzellente und freundliche Bedienung in einer angenehmen Umgebung. Wir kommen sicher wieder.

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AW
Munich
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What a delight....

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded 4 days ago

Hello AndyW, Thank you so much for your visit. We hope you'll come back soon. Team Layla

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CK
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An unusual elegant restaurant with fantastic salad made fresh as well as creative main courses. A bit hard to get to via public transportation.

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TT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was a short walk from the metro station. The service was great, our waitress was very helpful in recommending what to try from the menu - she explained the dishes and wisely encouraged us to share dishes that were large. The food was fresh and very tasty. Thoroughly enjoyed it, especially as it was my first taste of Israeli food.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded 4 days ago

Hello TraceyTrace, We would like to thank you for your visit. We're very happy our service staff was able to assist you in recommending some dishes, so that way you got a chance to try more of our Israeli specialities. We hope to see you soon in the future. Team Layla

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OT
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Sehr schöne Inneneinrichtung , doch leider viel zu laut. So laut, das die Beschreibung des Kellners nicht zu verstehen war, der sich auch nicht sonderlich viel Mühe gab. Essen war ausgezeichnet.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on June 4, 2019

Guten Abend, Vielen Dank für Ihre Bewertung! Die Musik wird ab 20 Uhr aufgedreht. Hierbei gehört die Lautstärke der Musik zu unserem Konzept, da sie ein Teil des Mittleren Ostens und der mediterranen Atmosphäre/Kultur ist. Das Restaurant ist so konzipiert, dass es Tische gibt, die näher an den Lautsprechern platziert sind und andere Tische, die weiter weg platziert sind. Wir würden uns freuen noch eine weitere Chance von Ihnen zu bekommen! Liebe Grüße, Team Layla

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KR
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

An der Bar ist es durch die Musik zu laut, um sich zu unterhalten.

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OT
Berlin
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

Hat sehr lange gedauert, konnten null auf individuelle Wünsche eingehen, kleine Portionen und super teuer, aber lecker

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on June 6, 2019

Hallo! Vielen Dank für Ihre ehrliche Bewertung! Es tut uns Leid, dass Ihre Wartezeit länger war, als erwartet. Wir gehen gern auf Wünsche von Gästen ein, so fern es uns möglich ist. In Bezug auf Essenswünsche ist es etwas schwieriger, da kleine Veränderungen schon das komplette Gericht verändern können. Alle Kreationen von Meir Adoni sind Geschmackskompositionen, bei denen es auf jede Komponente ankommt - wird eine entfernt, verändert sich das ganze Gericht. Liebe Grüße, Team Layla

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CA
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Leckeres Essen, tolle Gerichte. Die Cocktails sind etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig.

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M
Dusseldorf Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tolle Gerichte, freundlicher Service. Je eine Vor- und Hauptspeise pro Person mehr als ausreichend (keine Kritik!). Lediglich die etwas zu laute Musik macht die Unterhaltung schwierig.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on June 6, 2019

Hallo Michael! Vielen Dank für Ihre positive Bewertung! Es freut uns, dass es Ihnen so gut gefallen hat bei uns! Wir bieten auch Plätze am Wochenende an, die sich etwas mehr entfernt von den Lautsprechern befinden. Sie können nächstes mal auch gern vor 20 Uhr kommen, wo die Musik leiser eingestellt ist. Wir würden uns sehr freuen! Liebe Grüße, Team Layla

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GH
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar, there were only two of us, and it was amazing to watch the chef prepare the meals. Watching the food preparation was almost better than the food which was also spectacular. Have the duck confit pancakes!!

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on May 31, 2019

Hello GeoffH, Thank you so much for your visit! We´re so happy you got to seat at the show kitchen counter, which we consider one of the best places to seat in the restaurant, because as you said you have the opportunity to see how the dishes are prepared and plated! We hope you can visit us again soon! Team Layla

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WW
Berlin
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Vermutlich sonst nicht so, aber wir haben nahezu 2 h auf den Hauptgang gewartet. Insgesamt aber ein tolles Restaurant und freundlicher Service. Ich würde wiederkommen und das Restaurant auch empfehlen.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food, especially the trout doughnuts, the Brioche and the utterly delicious Middle East Dessert. Definitely worth coming back to. Portions are very small, particularly the Moroccan octopus, which is really a starter. We would have appreciated receiving our food at the same time in our small group rather than watching each other eat it considering that the food is so very expensive.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on May 31, 2019

Hello Judi, First of all thank you for your visit and taking the time to write this review! We love that you got to try some of our signature dishes and enjoyed them. We will take what you wrote into consideration, and try to serve all the dishes at once, so you might get a better experience in the future. We look forward to your next visit! Team Layla

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Kiel & SH
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Sehr leckeres Essen

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P
Berlin
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Das Essen ist traumhaft. Es ist zwar generell ein bisschen teurer aber für so fabelhaftes Essen gebe ich gerne etwas mehr aus. Ich gehe immer wieder gerne hin. Wir haben 4 verschiedene Vorspeisen und 3 Hauptspeisen bestellt und jedes war ein Gedicht. Das Personal war sehr freundlich und aufmerksam und stets bemüht.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on May 21, 2019

Hallo Pnina, Vielen Dank für Ihre positive Bewertung! Es freut uns, dass Ihnen der Abend so gut gefallen hat und Ihnen das Essen geschmeckt hat. Wir freuen uns auf Ihren nächsten Besuch! Liebe Grüße, Team Layla

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Beim Eintreffen zu 19 Uhr wurde von der ServiceKraft im Bademäntel/Kimono mitgeteilt dass der Tisch nur bis 21 Uhr reserviert sei ( es gab wohl eine große Gruppe ab 21 Uhr), dies sei wohl auch per Mail oder OpenTable App mitgeteilt worden, was nicht stimmt!
Kurz vor 21 Uhr (das bestellte Dessert war noch nicht gekommen) wurden , erneut darauf hingewiesen ohne uns eine Alternative anzubieten.
Erst auf mein Hinwirken bekamen wir einen freien Platz um das Dessert einzunehmen.
Beim Bezahlen akzeptierte besagte ServiceKraft das Trinkgeld nicht.
Sehr befremdlich
Ansonsten waren das Essen und der Service einwandfrei.

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DF
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Charming restaurant, dlicious courses,magic desert and lamb.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on June 3, 2019

Hello DoronF, Thank you so much for your visit! We´re so glad that you had a nice dinner with us! We would be so lucky to host you again in the future! Team Layla

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AJ
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and so was the wine we choose. We sat right next to the kitchen and could see the staff when the prepared the food, wich was fun. When we were about to pay the restaurant had some problem with the terminals so we had to go to the hotel reception to be able to pay the bill. The restaurant offered two drinks in the bar as a compensation.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on May 21, 2019

Hello Annajans12, We really appreciate you took the time to give us your feedback - it is not obvious and we thank you for this! We are happy that you enjoyed our counter on the showkitchen. We would be happy to host you again! Best, Team Layla

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OK
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Great ambiance! Really enjoyed the experience!

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JH
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing, rich food. Every single drop of food on our plates (four dishes, two starters and two main courses) had rich, intense taste. Atmosphere was really nice. Bill was quite heavy, but well worth the overall experience. 11/10, would go again!

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on June 3, 2019

Hello JanH, We´re very glad that you enjoyed all of your dinner with us! We´re always trying to make every dish special, so it's very nice to read that the taste was rich and intense. We look forward to your next visit! Team Layla

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OR
London
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place, good atmosphere and great food! We had quality time in Layla.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on June 3, 2019

Hello OrenR, We really appreciate your visit and your nice wishes! We´re so happy you had a nice time with us, and we look forward to seeing you in the future! Team Layla

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Berlin
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best middle East/Mediterranean style food I've ever eaten. Plus is a very cosy and nicely decorated restaurant. We had two appetizers and two mains. Can go next time, either with only mains or 3 appetizers to share. Excellent cocktails and wine as well. A place to return to!

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on June 3, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for your visit! We feel very honoured that you consider us one of the best Middle Eastern/Mediterranean food you ever had. BALD studio is responsible for the nice setting and decoration of the restaurant. We will be very lucky to have you again at the restaurant! Team Layla

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AG
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Berlin from Los Angeles after a Danube river cruise. This was by far the best meal we had during the two-week trip and is one of the best meals of all time. Great flavors and combinations. If you can, sit at the counter and talk to the kitchen team as we did.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on May 26, 2019

Hello AlanG, We really appreciate you took the time to give us your feedback - it is not obvious and we thank you for this! We are happy that you liked the counter! We really appreciate that you enjoyed our food so much. We hope to host you again when you visit Berlin! Best, Team Layla

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious oriental food, nice interior, very friendly staff!

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on May 26, 2019

Hello JohannaS, We really appreciate you took the time to give us your feedback - it is not obvious and we thank you for this! We are happy that you enjoyed your evening and we would love to host you again! Best, Team Layla

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Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Das Essen war sehr gut, außergewöhnliche Aromen und Kombinationen, handwerklich einwandfrei, hier definitiv eine Empfehlung. Auch der Wein war nicht schlecht - nur schade, dass man eine zimmerwarme (!) Flasche Weißwein serviert bekommt und erst nach einem Kühler und Eis für diesen (!!) fragen muss.
Der Service besteht aus jungen, hippen, freundlichen aber leider offensichtlich ungelernten Kräften. Die Aufmerksamkeit lässt mitunter etwas zu wünschen übrig.
Der größte Kritikpunkt ist aber: Es ist unfassbar laut. Das liegt einerseits an dem großen Raum, in dem sich viele Menschen befinden, andererseits an der furchtbar lauten Musik. Ein Tischgespräch ist nur mit Anschreien möglich. Sehr schade.

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b
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was fantastic. Unfortunately the drink prices were completely overpriced.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on May 26, 2019

Hello Bithan, We really appreciate you took the time to give us your feedback - it is not obvious and we thank you for this! We are happy that you enjoyed our food. We only use high quality ingredients for our food and cocktails, so we try to customize our prices to that. We would be happy to host you again! Best, Team Layla

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Must try place in Berlin. Amazing, fresh, new food, surprising combinations and tastes.
Service and drinks are OK.

Layla by Meir Adoni
Responded on May 31, 2019

Hello Andrey, Thank you so much for your review! We love to read that you find our food amazing! We hope to see you again soon! Team Layla

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AA
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

There are lots of dishes with Bahret, when the ingredient is not listed on the menu. It is very dominant and important to note it.

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