Kohana is my poison of choice at the moment, though I'm still supporting a raft of Laravel 4.2 and CodeIgniter apps. I'd take CoeIgniter as a second if I can't use Kohana and Laravel 5 reluctantly if I have no other choice.
I found Symfony pretty pleasant. Very comparable to doing an ASP.MVC app or whatever the equivalent is in Java land. Very OOP, very good tooling, lots of modules / plugins. Some clunky crap too, and events are hard to debug.