Leyalina, meaning ‘the night is ours’ in Arabic, is a renowned Egyptian restaurant in Melbourne’s Carlton that is for many the default destination for a traditional Middle Eastern feast. The ethos at this restaurant cleaves close to Middle Eastern and Arabic culinary culture, from the social dining mode to the technique in the kitchen. Ideally, diners visit Leyalina in a large group, breaking bread together in a way that’s more than simply designed to satisfy an appetite. North African tagines and charcoal-grilled meat and vegetable dishes are the highlights on the menu at Leyalina’s Lygon Street address, with the lavish mixed grill and the okra and lamb tagine coming particularly recommended. Melbourne’s vegetarians have something to celebrate here, too, with every single one of the vegetarian main courses a chef’s recommendation.
Great Egyptian food and staff. Very welcoming. Food was hot and fresh. Awesome lamb fatta, molokheya, mix grill and loukomades. Nice stuffed vine leaves and sambousa. And the legendary om ali was to die for.
Great food and service. Best Egyptian in Melbourne or even Australia! Have told all my friends and family. Will definitely be coming back next time I’m in Melbourne.
Delicious and hearty meals, fantastic atmosphere and great service! We really enjoyed our dinner, but I'm regretting not trying the shisha! Such a pretty restaurant!