There's not a whole lot open for lunch in the Financial District on the weekends so I wandered over to the Crocker Galleria for a sandwich when lo and behold - 2 new restaurants on the upper level of the Galleria have finally opened.
One is Pizzelle, a pizza place with another location at 314 Columbus in North Beach. I picked up a menu here but didn't try anything yet. Pastas, panini, salads, pizza and fried calamari and even gelato. I'm not a fan of North Beach pizza (the only other close pizza spot) so am looking forward to trying this.
The other place I did try is called Leila and they do mediterranean cuisine - more specifically kabobs - served as sandwiches or over rice. Prices range from $3.95 for falafel or kubideh (ground beef) to $6.95 for chicken or prime beef. Hummus, baba ganouj, dolmeh, grilled tomatoes, salad shirazi (chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and onions), yogurt with shredded cucumber are also offered.
I had the chicken breast kabob and it was pretty good, large portion of chicken, grilled perfectly, the marinade could use a little more oomph - but they do offer a 'hot sauce' which tastes a little like tahini with jalapenos (it's good). The rice wasn't bad, despite it being precooked and then nuked. They've only been open since last Thursday, but based on today's lunch, it's a welcome addition to that little food court in the Galleria.
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