As set menus go, this one was surprisingly diverse, with four starters and six mains to mull over. The three-course meal, with a bottle of wine and the two cocktails, came to £104. What a great house guest! Pizzas are phenomenally good, thin and crispy with generous toppings. We got there in the end. After the impressive but slightly pricy meal, we came to the conclusion that despite all the glitz and glamour, Bibis still remembers to put the food centre stage, even 40 years on.
Something to do with needing the table back perhaps? A request for mayonnaise to go with the chips accompanying the fishcake resulted in a small pot of sour cream. View the full line up for December here. Though there's always a chance you'll have to go there on a work's night out. The generous serving of lamb was perfectly pink and so juicy, and was complemented well by the sauce. Dining out at Bibis is a rather sparkly affair with crystal chandeliers as far as the eye can see and mirrored columns and walls reflecting your every move.
The standards have dropped considerably. Served in a tiny plastic flower pot, with a sprig of mint coming out of the top, it looked like a miniature garden on a plate. This iconic Italian restaurant provides a decadent dining experience in beautiful surroundings. Our bill, including the two glasses of wine, came to £35. Nice staff, I think I had a new waitress on this occasion so getting things spot on was a tad tricky.
In its 40 years, Bibis has moved three times — from Mill Hill to Greek Street and finally to Criterion Place in 2004. This level of quality extends to the cocktail bar too. Until we saw the dessert menu. The cocktail lounge serves an assortment of delicious Cicchetti as well as homemade chocolates, cakes and coffee. I had eaten at Bibi's before, a few years ago, and was disappointed. The dessert menu also features the usual profiteroles and tiramisu while offering random yet pleasing desserts such as the dark chocolate mousse with white chocolate pannacotta served with Toblerone ice cream and chocolate brownies. Some of our dishes looked nice, but really lacked flavour.
Must be ordering a main meal from the Showtime A la Carte Menu. Bottled and draught beers are available from £3. We took a seat at the art deco bar where a talented barman whipped us up a couple of cocktails while we soaked up the glitz and glamour. He's a firm favourite of ours here at Bibis and he's back for a Showtime on Tuesday 4 December! According to the Zomato 5-point grading model, this spot earned 4. Italian cuisine can be tried here. For the money there are better places to go but there is no doubt it is visually impressive. The menu is far too long.
A stage looms above the dining area and is used for the live jazz nights and the many tribute acts that entertain every Wednesday evening. Was a little under par on my last visit. Make sure you leave a tiny bit of room for the exquisite desserts. There are also sophisticated takes on the classic bangers and mash and burger and chips. Ordering good lamb, belly pork and spaghetti carbonara is a nice experience here. My companion had the profiteroles with vanilla cream and hot chocolate fudge sauce, at £5.
. The hot chocolate sponge pudding with chocolate chips and white chocolate ice cream £4. My quess is that they are seating far too many people at a time and are dispensing with the quality of their food and service for the sake of larger clientele. We'll be closed from 4pm as we prepare to welcome Gordons Solicitors to the building for their private party! That is the only way I can think to describe the rancid taste. Take a break from shopping and join us for a delicious Italian lunch in luxurious surrounding and save on your parking! Take a big wallet as one of Leeds more expensive places. Our main courses followed with alarming speed.
The raspberry ice cream was disappointing and the polenta biscuit half way down the mousse seemed a strange touch. They were clearly frozen and then fried, but what possessed the restaurant to fry them in sump oil? It certainly isn't necessary and should be left to the individual but having said that most would tip but at ten percent virtually forced on you can stop return visits even good as the food is? The potatoes were the only element that let the dish down, as they were a little bland. Then a poor house wine at £19. Share the photo on our wall using FestiveBibis and you'll be entered to a competition to win vouchers to spend here in the new year! Even the toilets are undeniably posh. In total we were there 3 hours having only starters and mains.