LaLe: Mediterranean and Turkish Awesomeness

So there you are. Just finished a nice morning walk with your crew and you’re starving. But not the kind of starving where “anything’ll do.” No, you’re craving something flavorful and unique. Something that will give you that completely satisfied feeling and recharge your batteries without the heavy, sluggish food coma so many people fall victim to, which ends their day before it really begins. You’re craving LaLe.

This Mediterranean/Turkish restaurant located at 731 Irving St. in San Francisco brings their dishes to life using color and presentation. You can get everything from refreshing salads to hearty meals to a sampler plate that will keep your taste buds dancing. Let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?

First off at LaLe, we have the Jerusalem Benediction. Holy moly. It’s made with corner beef brisket, onions, peppers, and potatoes. This is what would happen if corn beef hash and eggs benedict had a food baby, and we’re more than ok with that. This was a recommendation from the server and we would 100% pass their recommendation on to all of you.

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If you’re looking to maybe start the meal with something to get your appetite going you should definitely get the Cold Sampler. It comes with a basket of pita bread and you can just go to town trying out all the different flavors crammed into one plate. It’s got everything from Hummus with garbanzo beans, tahini and spices, Tabouli with parsley, green onions, tomatoes and bulgur, Yogurt-cucumber dip with dill and lemon zest, and Roasted Eggplants and red bell peppers with garlic and almonds, and Yogurt mixed with beets, walnuts and garlic. Talk about the ultimate starter dish!

Next up is the Feta Cheese and Watermelon Salad. This was possibly one of the most refreshing salads we’ve ever had. It’s not complex and we believe that’s the beauty in it. Feta cheese, watermelon, arugula, and red onion. That’s it. But man, the feta and the watermelon complement each other so well. And the juice from the watermelon cools you down and re-hydrates you. Two thumbs up from us!

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We always have to try the french toast at anyplace we go that has brunch items on the menu, and LaLe did not disappoint. We tried their Ricotta Stuffed Almond French Toast and not only was it delicious, but check out that presentation. It’s not just a square piece of bread! Imagine that – it’s possible to add some flare to a classic dish like this.

Last, but not least, is the Cairo Egg Scrambler made with lamb, peppers, tomatoes, onions, and feta cheese. We actually enjoy mixing things into our eggs and omelettes at home (like kimchi!) so we felt right at home with this scrambler. If you’re looking for something hearty and filling to give you the energy you need for the rest of the day, this is all you need.

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We’re so glad we got the chance to eat at LaLe, and we’ll definitely be back for more. There are so many other things we didn’t get to try, and from the looks (and taste) of it, the rest of the menu is probably just as awesome. Super friendly staff there, too, so you’ll be in good hands when you go.

Till next time, Nomsters!

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