~ ilili Restaurant ~
Nobin: My stomach was very satisfied at the end of this meal. I felt like I could never eat again. Almost every dish we ordered was delicious. To start off the meal, we had a great server along with the great service from the entire staff. He gave us recommendations that I was glad we took, and our glass of water was never empty. For the appetizer we had the Baba Ghannouj, which didn’t look that flavorful but in reality it was. The pomegranate on top went well with the hummus giving the dip a fruity twist. The Cote De Boeuf is a dish for two people, and I recommend ordering that dish. The steak is so juicy with the herb butter melting on top paired with the caramelized onion. It was cooked perfectly for medium-rare. Along with the steak, we ordered Phoenician Fries which was packed with lots of flavors with all the seasoning on the fries. The garlic dip along with the fries was a bit of an overkill to the flavors of the fries. The desserts, though, weren’t as great though compared to the first two dishes. The Labne Cheesecake didn’t have enough crust and the red jam along with the dish did not match well together. For the Pistachio Financier, the ice cream and the tuile would have been great alone, but the financier ruined the entire dish even though it was the main part of the dish. The texture was rubbery and it didn’t seem fresh at all. Even though the dessert was a disappointment, the rest of the meal was terrific and I would definitely come back here to try all the other dishes. Yesbin: A huge meal but a very tasty one as well. We started with a simple baba ghannouj which was surprisingly flavorful instead of the typical bland dip that it looks like. We also got some fries which were also extremely flavorful but a little soggy and not as crispy as I thought theyd be. Our main dish, the Cote De Boeuf, was a huge piece of steak for 2. The steak was incredibly juicy and cooked perfectly to a medium rare. Crispy on the outside and soft and juicy in the inside. Deserts were alright. Cheescake tasted a tad weird because of the red jam and the financier had a very odd texture. It was very dense and thick a lot like gum. You had to chew threw it but the tulie and the ice cream helped soften the financier. The service in the place was great. The steak to a little long so they gave us a free appetizer dish. Server was extremely friendly and explained their vague menu happily to us. Water was always full and were had enough attention to make sure everything was how we wanted. Would definitely come back here to try out different things on the huge menu.