This restaurant attracted my attention by its rapid promotion from one to three Michelin Stars. Although Michelin list it in there Bilbao restaurants, it is actually a €30 taxi ride away from the Casco Viejo area of Bilbao in Larrabetzu.
There is more than one restaurant on the site, but the main gastronomic restaurant is higher on the hillside and towers over the older buildings. It is housed in a large steel and glass eco-friendly, very green building.
We, a party of five friends went for lunch mid-week in August. The visit starts with a tour of the very large spotless kitchens that employ some fifteen chefs.
The meal commences with a “Picnic in the Garden”, the garden being the vast plant filled entrance atrium of the gastronomic restaurant. Various delicacies are served from a picnic basket. We were all surprised not to be offered a drink with our picnic. Surely this would have been an ideal opportunity to serve a nice glass of well chilled Cava.
After the picnic we were ushered to our table in the main restaurant. This has a magnificent view across a valley. Two menus are offered, the more traditional Erroak at €135, and a more extensive modern menu Adarrak at €160, extremely cheap for this standard of food. We were given the option to exchange courses between the menus. As we had chosen the Adarrak menu and did not wish lose any items from this, they kindly added the “Betizu” from the Erroak menu at no extra charge.
I was hoping that there would be an option to have accompanying wines with each course. This to my way of thinking is a way of sampling some very good wines at a sensible price. However, this option did not exist and we chose from their extensive and well priced list. Strangely, there did not seem to be a sommelier. Nevertheless, we were extremely well looked after by pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable waiters who were most informative without being intrusive throughout our meal. It was truly yet another gastronomic experience, my only, not really a complaint. I was not too impressed with the bread.
We ended our lengthy lunch with coffee and digestives before being individuallypresented with a sealed copy of our menu. A very nice touch!
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