Lekka: Eat, Drink, Shop, Recover, Repeat
Lekka is an offshoot of Obzeet, which lost its lease earlier this year (but may reopen at a new location). Originally intended to be a retail shop featuring home décor items, Lekka’s owners decided to serve food and liquor as well.
Approach the front entrance and you’ll stroll through an outdoor patio with numerous chimeneas, water fountains and other garden décor items for sale. The shop continues indoors with displays of salt lamps, decorative glass items, sculptures, and housewares.
The back entrance takes you through a pergola-covered patio, which has yet to be completed. A stage for live music is coming soon.
Lekka’s interior is a fusion of modern and rustic décor and much more impressive than its exterior lets on. And then there’s the food.
For appetizers, my party tried the Mediterranean Trio and the Reuben Spring Rolls. The refreshing Mediterranean Trio, which comes with pita chips, hummus, babaganoush, and red pepper feta dip, is not as garlic laden as you might find at a Middle Eastern restaurant but satisfying nonetheless. House-made pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and of course Thousand Island dipping sauce compose the deliciously heavy Reuben Spring Rolls.
I had the Lekka House salad, which comes with a sweet poppyseed vinaigrette the likes I haven’t experienced anywhere else. Overstuffed by this point, I could have called it quits, but I was with a group of dessert lovers.
Someone ordered an éclair, which really had more in common appearance-wise with a piece of cake than the traditional pastry. Someone else ordered the Oreo Cheesecake. My wife and I shared a slice of Banana Pudding Cheesecake, which we were informed was concocted earlier that day by the pastry chef. Everything was delectable, but I swear I felt a significant strain on my heart from that huge meal — so much so that I considered my own mortality for the first time in a couple of weeks.
Fully recovered from the cheesecake and sorry I didn’t sample a tramezzini (stuffed pita), sandwich, or sarmie (South African slang for sandwich, which Lekka serves toasted) during my first visit, I went back a week later. The wife and I brought home the Texas Yankee Club and a Greek Salad to share.
The gigantic sandwich was rye bread stuffed with lean and delicious house-made pastrami, smoked brisket, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomato, and Russian dressing. Curly fries come on the side.
So for those who were worried, the spirit of Obzeet continues with Lekka. I’m not sure Obzeet’s paradisaical tropical patio and bar can ever be duplicated, but I have to say the food is better at Lekka.
Lekka is located at 17606 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252 and can be reached at (972) 345-1764.