Last night, my wife and I had the best Thanksgiving dinner we have ever experienced. It was right here in Puerto Vallarta at the recently established Layla’s Restaurant located one block North of Hotel Rosita on Venezuela Street. The husband and wife owners, and their chef, were formerly serving in a similar capacity at a prominent New York City restaurant. They decided to return to their roots here in Puerto Vallarta this past summer, and we should all be thankful for that move!
Our dinner started off with a saucer of lemon crushed ice and tequila to cleanse the palette, along with outstanding homemade focaccia bread and an olive oil balsamic dip. This was followed by sliced apple mozzarella cheese salad with grapefruit segments and balsamic vinaigrette. Then came a delicious cream of carrot soup followed by the main entry: moist, delicious turkey cooked to perfection; homemade traditional stuffing served from a circular mold; mashed potatoes and freshly cooked green beans with sliced carrots; and, for desert, beautifully presented Flan.
The husband and wife owners both personally checked up on our satisfaction during the meal, and the chef came by toward the end to address any questions. He explained that they avoid unhealthy ingredients, citing the turkey gravy preparation without butter, flour, or milk as an example.
We have had similarly great experiences at Layla’s in the past, and we could not recommend their Mexican food more highly!
Fred C. Conta