I went for the pink grapefruit and almond fizz, and my companion chose a sloe gin sling, both priced at £7. The prompt service is something these restaurateurs care about. Bibis has been serving up tasty Italian food for over 40 years, but has the Leeds restaurant stood the test of time? It should be left to the individual as stated earlier. 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. Are you visiting Leeds for some Christmas shopping this weekend? Butterflied king tiger prawns grilled and marinated in garlic and chilli olive oil are sensational at £12. Despite all three of us leaving half our starters each, the waiter did not enquire as to whether anything was wrong when he cleared the plates.
These intricate scenes are crafted by artisans and stand all month long, but, the baby Jesus is never placed into his crib before December 25th! Are you planning to celebrate a birthday at Bibis!? 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. There are also sophisticated takes on the classic bangers and mash and burger and chips. According to the Zomato 5-point grading model, this spot earned 4. Kudos to the new chef Mario Sciacca!! There is also a sprinkle of tables suited to smaller groups to the right of the bar. Perhaps don't order this one! In total we were there 3 hours having only starters and mains. It's a day honouring all the saints, known and unknown, and is normally celebrated with a mass. The service is good if sometimes a little rushed when it gets very busy.
Around us, a handful of diners were taking advantage of their lunch menu, which makes a trip to Bibis that little bit more affordable. The setting lends itself to big family gathering and special occasions alike. The service charge wasn't anywhere near the service we had half that amount would have been nearer or less? The dry white Pinot Grigio Del Friuli £25. We waited another 50 mins from the time our starter dishes were taken away to the time we received our main meal i timed it. The generous serving of lamb was perfectly pink and so juicy, and was complemented well by the sauce. 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. Bottled and draught beers are available from £3.
In its 40 years, Bibis has moved three times — from Mill Hill to Greek Street and finally to Criterion Place in 2004. The impressive cocktail bar is the ideal setting for pre-dinner drinks and captures the glamour of the 1920s effortlessly. Enjoy the wonderful atmosphere until late as we open up the stage for dancing! Keep up the high standards! Walking into Bibis in the bright light of day is a surreal experience. There is a pleasing array of wines to choose from with some fantastic Italian contributions. What better way to spend a Sunday?! Classic Italian pastas are intermingled with original alternatives such as the pasta ribbons served with duck, mushrooms and parmesan in a cream sauce at £10. It was served with fresh focaccia, and the combination of the two was very nice indeed.
Bibis ensure that they give each customer the star treatment. That is the only way I can think to describe the rancid taste. As set menus go, this one was surprisingly diverse, with four starters and six mains to mull over. The Last Word If glitz and glamour is your thing Bibis is the perfect excuse to put on your Sunday best any day of the week. The raspberry ice cream was disappointing and the polenta biscuit half way down the mousse seemed a strange touch. It was barely above average. Christmas Day is then a feast of food, and Christmas lunch can easily last all day with all of the delicious dishes and courses to be consumed! Then a friend of mine suggested going last week, saying that there is now a new chef so I agreed.
Most guests consider the staff accommodating. 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. We'll be closed from 4pm as we prepare to welcome Gordons Solicitors to the building for their private party! They forget to bring them when I was there. Italian cuisine can be tried here. If you happen to be around County Arcade, visit this bar. My dining companion went for the tiger prawns served in garlic butter and chilli, with focaccia, at £9.
The potatoes were the only element that let the dish down, as they were a little bland. I went for the roast rump of lamb, served with a rosemary and mint crust, red wine and Morello cherry sauce and gratin potatoes, for £17. We literally took centre stage and were given the table right at the front. Must be ordering a main meal from the Showtime A la Carte Menu. It was a reasonable wait, we both agreed, considering it was peak time on a Saturday night.
A starter of calamari confirmed this. My companion had the profiteroles with vanilla cream and hot chocolate fudge sauce, at £5. Bottles of wine start at £17. If you'd like to find out more about private hire of Bibis then please get in touch with our reservations team who will tell you all about what we can do! Take a break from shopping and join us for a delicious Italian lunch in luxurious surrounding and save on your parking! The cocktail lounge serves an assortment of delicious Cicchetti as well as homemade chocolates, cakes and coffee. 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. Something to do with needing the table back perhaps? Why not indulge in our Italian Pandoro Sponge! Pizzas are phenomenally good, thin and crispy with generous toppings.
Choosing the main course was also a bit of a battle. Bibis Restaurant and Bar was first opened in 1974 and has claimed its status as a Leeds institution ever since. We ordered bread because we were so hungry but this also took 20 mins to get to the table with an additional cost of £6 pounds per 4 pieces. We say… Bibis Restaurant and Bar is a modern Italian restaurant in the centre of Leeds, serving a range of beautifully presented food and extravagant cocktails. Looking past the atmosphere which I accept may be to some people's taste, those who might be drawn in by the promise of Take That tribute bands perhaps.
We'll be back open to the public from Noon tomorrow. Some of our dishes looked nice, but really lacked flavour. Resisting the urge to do a bit of a song and dance, we took our seats and were handed menus. My dining companion was thrilled with her choice of beef medallions, served with a green peppercorn sauce and chips. However, you may prefer to take a table on the raised platforms that surround this area for a more intimate experience. Though there's always a chance you'll have to go there on a work's night out. As well as a list of wines to try, they really excel in their cocktails.