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August 2016, our dinner experiences
During our stay at the luxurious Gran Hotel Domine in Bilbao, Spain, we went to dinner at their restaurant Le Café Metropol in August 2016. This restaurant in the meantime since our visit has been now renamed Le Café, but seems to offer still the same high quality locally inspired menu as before when we visited.
The feel of Le Café Metropol felt glamorous and modern at the same time while looking through large glass windows towards the Guggenheim Museum.
We decided to live a little bit like the locals enjoy and shared our dishes too from the memorable offerings. Beside us, there was another visiting couple and a local couple nearby seated by the windows at this beautiful space in an equally beautiful and design-led hotel in the heart of Bilbao.
We ordered a large bottle of still water and a peach juice. The tapas/pinxtos we shared were Ham Iberico de Bellota with bread and grated tomato, Biscay Bay salted anchovies with roasted peppers and bread with olive oil, marinated salmon Carpaccio with beetroot tartar and salad, oxtail snacks with slightly hot hummus and green asparagus fried in Wasabi tempura, tonkatsu and soya.
We loved all of the dishes. Some were “classics” like the ham, bread and tomatoes, while others were new to us, for example the oxtail snacks. We liked that some of our platters were traditional Spanish and others fusions of different continents.
The quality was high and all our individual dishes tasted beautifully and authentic IMHO.
One type of bread was unusual. It was more like the German Zwieback (rusk).
The saltiness of the anchovies worked well with the sweetness of the peppers.
The salmon came alive with the beetroot tartar and the oxtail was moreish and well balanced with humus.
Our desserts were Greek Yogurt and fruit salad with mint syrup and citric slush.
The yogurt was creamy and came with pistachios and berry compote.
The fruit salad remembered us about Thailand, especially how fine the fruits were cut. The slush added an interesting acidic flavor/texture balance and was refreshing.
Staff was attentive, efficient and warm.
The bill was 82 Euro (ca. 91.05 USD).
Due to good service, quality and interesting food and overall architectural design of the Le Café Metropol we would want to enjoy lunch/dinner again at this venue.
Would we recommend this restaurant to a friend? YES!
Would we look forward to enjoy lunch/dinner at this restaurant in our future again? YES!
Thank you and safe travels.