Dinner Date | First Time at Zizzi

For the longest time, Hai has always raved about how good Zizzi was and how much he loved it. I have also been craving Italian food for a while so our little dinner date on Sunday was real satisfying,

Hai said Zizzi was 'small portioned and expensive' but I thought otherwise when I was there!

Photos from website. Not mine.

First impression and presentation: 5/5 
This restaurant is placed nicely at the edge of The Light in Leeds. It has a very clean, modern, and sophisticated look.

We did have a hard time finding the entrance/front door though as the door was just glass with no edges to show that it was actually a door aha. The seats, chair, menus and the waiters' and waitresses' uniforms all gave us a very nice impression. We knew we were in a nice restaurant and we knew what to expect from it.

We were both very impressed with the look of these sauces!

Taste and quality of food: 4/5
Calamari Big - £10.75
For the starter we ordered the squid. There was an option for a smaller portion but in the end Hai wanted to order a large one.

There was surprisingly a lot more than it seems as the little bucket was completely filled with the squid.

Casereccia Pollo Piccante - £9.95
I would've given this a 5/5 if the dish I ordered hadn't been so plain. I am a lover of spicy food and the description of this dish stated that it is a, "spicy piccante chicken in a creamy sauce with fresh tomato & baby spinach." The word spicy was probably the reason why I ordered this, I am not going to lie.

The pasta was cooked perfectly and I could tell it was a nice meal except it just wasn't as it was as accurate as it stated on the menu. It was creamy and rich but not at all spicy (despite me adding so much chilly oil on top).

King Prawn Linguine - £11.95
 "King prawns & courgette ribbons in a hot roquito chilli, tomato & lobster sauce."

This was Hai's dish but because I ended up liking his more than my own he was kind enough to swap (thank you!). When he ordered, the waitress warned him the dish was 'five chillis' and we just nodded and agreed to it. It wasn't piping hot spicy but it was enough that I didn't feel the need to add additional chilli oil.

This dish was so filling, as expecting from pasta. The more I ate it the more spaghetti there seems to be left on the plate. This dish was so rich, creamy, and with just a nice touch of spiciness that it was perfect.

Value for money: 4/5
We came in expecting small portions so it was quite a pleasant surprise to see how big the meals were. However, I'm deducting a small point as the dessert was very small for the price and it wasn't all that nice.

Hai (bless his heart) insisted on ordering the toffee nut sundae because he knows how much I love the toffee nut latte from starbucks. The banana tasted slightly raw and the chocolate ice cream was very bitter.

Chocolate Toffee Nut Sundae - £5.50
Quality of service: 4/5
There's really nothing I can comment much on the service or complain about as it wasn't bad but it wasn't so great that it stood out.

Wasn't as expensive as we thought! We were expecting around £50

Hai said he liked the way the waitress grated cheese onto his dish. I didn't see it as I went to the toilet at the time so I didn't see but Hai loved it so much he decided to love a £5 tip (I thought it was too much to tip but it was the average amount of tip I get from a table of two from work aha). 

Speed of service: 5/5
We got seated straightaway, our drinks came as soon as we ordered and the dishes came in no time. Honestly, after we finished our starters, I got up to pee and when I came back our main course was already on the table.

All in all, I am so glad I got to try Zizzi for the first time and will definitely be coming back soon!

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