Bibis has always had a happy place in my heart. It’s been a firm family favourite of ours for years! We used to eat here waaaay back in the day when they were on Greek Street when I was little. Me and my sister would turn up in matching name headbands and all the waiters would make a fuss over us, they sometimes had magicians, and the food was always excellent.
I’m pleased to say 20 years on and the food is still excellent, with speedy, polite table service and glitzy surroundings. We ate here recently for my birthday and I wanted to pay homage to this classic Leeds restaurant so many people forget about.
To start, I had the prettiest peach Bellini while we opened presents. Bibis has a great little cocktail/drinks section before you get into the main restaurant which is really pleasant to sit in (and even more pleasant if people are giving you gifts!).
See? So pretty! They do lots of different cocktails, all made expertly at the bar. After this, it was time for the food. We shared two starters between three of us – deep fried courgette and calamari and a delightfu ball of mozerrella wrapped in Parma ham.
The portion sizes are spot on (nothing worse than a huge stater) and both dishes were delicious. The batter on the fried courgette and calamari was perfectly light and crisp, served with a gorgeous creamy tartare sauce. The mozerella was the star of the show for me though. Wonderfully creamy cheese, wrapped in perfectly salty ham. There was a cheeky slice of tomato under the entire thing which added a welcome refreshing taste.
For mains we had Maccharoni a la Calabrese, macaroni with spicy Italian sausage and n’duja, the lasagna and I went for the slow cooked Angus beef in red wine with Parmesan mash. It was all absolutely excellent, though the macaroni was slightly under (a bit too al dente), but had a gorgeous, spicy sauce that was really impressive. The lasagna was perfect with layers of hot melty bechemel, perfect ragu and very fresh lasagna pasta.
The beef however was the real star. I think it was a piece of brisket but it was hard to tell. It was falling apart, soft and melting into a wonderfully rich red wine sauce. The Parmesan mash was buttery and comforting and the perfect partner to soak up the gravy. Absolutely excellent.
We couldn’t face pudding, but Bibis have an excellent selection to choose from.
If you’re looking for a good Italian meal in Leeds, Bibis is definitely the place to go! Excellent food, great cocktails and great service.