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“A superb meal”
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Lazeeza
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 27, 2013

We came across this restaurant by chance and decided to give it a go - we were not disappointed. We shared two starters between 3 people and both were excellent. For main we chose the chicken kebabs, lamb tagine, and the steak - again, all were excellent, very tasty, and good size portions. Then with a desert each plus drinks, it all came to NZ$155. This is excellent value for money as we came away with these lovely tastes in our mouths and very replete.

The service was very good and attentive, and we just could not fault this meal. For a Saturday night it was very quiet so I really hope that more people visit as this is a restaurant that deserves to survive.

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Thank Superpear
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

It is great to finally have a good Mediterranean restaurant in central Wellington, and an affordable one at that. We recently had a great dinner in Lazeeza.

I started with Lebanese Kibbeh, which is a rugby-ball shaped spicy mincemeat stuffed with tasty bulghur wheat - yep, I know it sounds weird, but it was one of the best things I ever had - loved it.

My wife had Saganagi, which is a kind of a drier and saltier version of haloumi cheese, which was served with pita bread. She did not like it, as it was a bit too salty to her taste and plain and un-appetising.

I had the Seafood Paella for my main course - it was divine. Lots of variety of different seafood and delicious taste. After tasting it, my wife decided that was going to be her next choice (menu envy).

She had the Signature Dish: Shish Tawook: marinated chicken kebabs with the accomplishments; tabouleh, hummus and pilaf rice. Tell you what, that will be my next dish when we go there again - and we will (menu-envyX2).

We could not decide on whether we wanted red or white, so had a glass to start with; Italian Pinot Grigio (me) and Sangiovese (her) - after tasting, we decided on a bottle of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. It was lovely.

For dessert, we shared the Lebanese pancakes - have you ever had ones? If not, I suggest you try, there is nothing like it, it is very special. Loved it!

And last (but not least), the service we got was exceptionally good - a perfect dinner out for us. We will be going back soon.

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Thank Matti S
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Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Came across restaurant walking on a week night. My husband and I were able to get a table but was fairly busy. Staff were friendly and attentive and the food was beautiful. Cost was reasonable. Would definitely recommend.

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Thank Julie D
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Restaurant Name: Lazeeza
Location: 41 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Date: 6th July 2013 (7.00pm)
Food Type: Mediterranean

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Décor: (8.5/10)
Newly furnished restaurant with a very trendy Spanish feel to it thanks to its ginormous white arch separating the bar area from the main dining area. A few tables available near the entrance too for those game enough to eat next to where pedestrians walk by, and one was indeed keen to do just that.

Atmosphere: (8.5/10)
My friend and I came in just before the rush so it was simply pleasing to see one staff happily singing along to music from her native country (I'm guessing Morocco). Once the crowds gathered though it was Red Chilli Peppers. Lighting is exquisite, and does much to highlight the stunning pictures lining the dining room area. Not as vibrant and bustling as previous restaurants I've visited but for those looking for somewhere quiet to dine and just chill out this would be ideal.

Service: (7.5/10)
Very friendly and polished in parts. The lady who served us made a point of letting us know every meal came with a complimentary beverage (which I graciously passed on, but my friend enjoyed immensely). And with our starters completed she cleared our dishes promptly and provided fresh cutlery. Its just a shame she wasn't there to see whether our main meal was to our satisfaction and if we would like dessert, though to her credit she did pop up early during the main course to see whether we were done with our meal. Overall, great service.

In Summary: (7.5/10)
I enjoyed my first taste of Mediterranean cuisine. Its certainly worth noting that the food is unique to what I've been so accustomed to and Lazeeza should be applauded for taking such a bold step. And the price is surprisingly more affordable than most other restaurants I've reviewed so far.
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(1) Breads & Dips: (6/10 – just ok, tasted better)
Garlic Bread – Toasted turkish bread toasted with garlic butter $7
The last garlic bread I ate had a dry taste to it simply because it was overcooked. Strangely enough I would once again suffer a similar fate. But at least with the bread the cheese was served on that dry taste was deliberate. The bread used was designed to have that stale-dry taste to it. I'd rather pass on this one, but others may find this perfectly fine.


(2) Kofta: (6.5/10 – interesting)
Kofta – Minced lamb skewers served with hummus $12
An unusual but tastefully done lamb kebab served with a hummus that complimented the meat quite nicely (though on its own the hummus is dreadfully bitter).

(3) Main: (8/10 – very tasty)
Lamb Tangine – Lamb slow cooked in tangine pot with preserved lemon, onion, chickpeas and prunes served with couscous $25
The lamb was very tender and with the gravy-like sauce that the lamb was served on made for a very distinctive yet enjoyable meal. I'm personally not a big fan of couscous and if I were to do this meal over again I'd replace the couscous with a fresh slice of bread slavered with butter – oooh yeah. One thing though that made that meal especially memorable was that it served on an actual tangine.

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Thank Tala U
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Reviewed December 14, 2013
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Thank Luigi C
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