Laziza serves modern and exotic Mediterranean food in a friendly, lively atmosphere. Laziza only uses free range and hormone free meat in all of their dishes and also offers a gluten free menu.
Bought the Social Shopper coupon, so we decide to go there 2 nights ago. Not a very big place, but their decor was very comfortable and modern. Especially loved their sky blue ceiling, made the place look a lot roomier. The seating was quite comfortable and the amount of lighting was just right. Our server was quite attentive without being intrusive, very friendly also.
With the coupon, we get our choice of two starters, two entrees and one dessert to share. We ordered the pan seared scallop with orange reduction and the flat bread pizza with lamb sauage to start, and chicken wrapped prawns and the 4pc lamb chop dinner as our entrees.
They started us off with some complimentary pita chips and salsa, very very tasty. Our starters came soon after. The scallops had a nice sear on top, very nice flavour. However, I found the orange reduction a little too overpowering, it kind of masked the sweetness of the scallops. The flatbread pizza was a llittle too salty, possibly from the sundried tomatoes.
The presentation of all our dishes were very pretty. Kind of neat the way the rice on our plates were formed into a pyramid. The chicken wrapped prawns were nicely flavoured, but the prawns were definitely overcooked. I ordered the 4 pieces of lambchops, and I asked for medium rare, but all 4 pieces were cooked to different "done-ness". The smallest piece was obviously well done (ie, overcooked), then there were 2 pieces that were more on the medium side; only one piece was actually medium rare, and that was the first piece I cut into. Nonetheless, I was a little disappointed when I ate the other "less-than-perfectly-done" pieces. The sweet mint sauce on my dish was delicious though, just wish there was more of it.
We had the creme brulee as our dessert. Nice presentation, but definitely wasn't as good as it looked. The brulee part was too thick, and the creme part was a little grainy, like eating scrambled eggs. Quite disappointed in the dessert. And I also made the mistake of ordering an after dinner latte. Other than the first sip tasting like it had some espresso taste to it, the rest tasted like hot milk.
I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. The decor was very nice, and the food wasn't bad (but wasn't very good neither), but with so many other restaurants in the area, it might be a while before I come back.
Just back from a very good meal at Laziza. We used a travelzoo local special coupon for this meal. We both had the prawns sambucca to start, this was excellent. I had the duck in a pomegranate reduction which was very good; my companion had the lamb shank which was good but she did not care for the saffron rice. The creme brule dessert was ok. Overall it was a very nice meal.
Very impressed! I'm thinking the previous reviewer may have experienced some "growing" pains as they were quite new at the time of his review. I think they have worked out those as we found that everything came out quickly and that the service was very very good, and the wine list was on the table :)
Keeping the menu simple allows them to really focus on quality and freshness rather than quantity, though that is not lacking on the plate. The appy and mains platters for two for $40 was an excellent deal as we got to try lots of different things and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our friend ordered the braised lamb. I love braised lamb and make it at home a lot and this was juicy, falling off the bone and really nicely flavored, I'd order it next time in a heart beat. We had fun sharing back and forth and tasting each others food and everyone commented on how well flavored everything was.
The wine list is not pages long but they have something for everybody and at a reasonable price point, including some Canadian selections. They also had some lovely desserts du jour and coffee to finish off the evening. I'm looking forward to going back to try their cocktails and martinis before dinner.
I think this place would be an excellent venue for both first dates and larger birthday/office parties as this type of food is so sharable but still elegant. Definitely a welcome addition to the West End.
My friends and I came here on a Saturday evening to celebrate a birthday. The decor is simple and beautiful but I sat near the door and had to wear a coat and scarf the entire time. Need a better door jam here.
We were offered water and/or sparking water but no drink menu. The birthday boy had a cold and didn't want any alcohol but had they offered a drink menu I would have bought him a wine or beer.
We were offered a small plate of homemade potato chips for nibbles.
We ordered the meal for 4 which included appetizers and the entree dish.
The appetizers were not outstanding, consisting of an eggplant spread, hummus, pitas and two different small salads. I felt this was enough to feed two people, not four.
Although the appetizers came after a timely 20 minutes after ordering, the entree did not arrive till nearly 45 minutes later. No one came by to see if we wanted anything else, a drink, more food, etc. I notice the other tables did not have food for quite some time either. Half an hour waiting for the entree, a guilty looking waiter asked us how everything was. Uh, how about apologizing for the delay or explaining why it is taking so long or offer us a drink list?
When we finally got the entree I couldn't possibly see why it took so long to make this dish as there was no fancy prep work on the plates except for a couple of pyramid-shaped rice mould on a dish. BTW, the saffron rice tasted like someone threw in a dirty dish rag while the rice was boiling - it was pungent to say the least.
The lamb sausage, beef and chicken, however, were very tasty, aromatic, tender and juicy. For four people we each got one sausage, one beef skewere and two small small chicken pieces.
Overall, service was verrrrrrrrrrrrrry slow and I resent having to add more money to the parking meter even though I had already put in two hours. This simple meal should have had us in and out within an hour and a half at most.
I was put off that there was no apology, explanation or recognition of how long the food took to arrive at our table. My friends, nice as they were, put in the obligatory 15% tip but it was more out of pity for the sorrowful young inexperienced waiter than for anything else.
With the long wait and unexpectedly small portions I was hungry again soon after. This was not dinner, it was tapas.
If service had been better I might have come back to have a single menu instead of the menu for four.
I have gone several times to this place. Food is good although portions are rather small, ambience is nice and service is usually efficient. However, I'm giving it Poor Service and Value ratings because the last time I was there they charged me automatically an 18% gratuity. I know, the menu states this is done for groups of 6 or more, but the thing is we were just 3 persons. I usually leave a 15% tip so the difference was just 1 or 2 extra dollars, but I find it really rude and unprofessional to be charged in a way that is not explicitly stated. Too bad for such a nice place.