My husband and I went to this place for an informal Saturday night dinner and we found exactly what we were looking for.
This place is in Hoznayo, some 15 min drive from Santander, 20 min drive from Laredo. Hoznayo is quite a souless place - it used to be one of those roadside villages for main traffic until the highway was built. But don't let this deter you. La Bicicleta is an unlikely oasis among all these roadside motels, cheap looking cafes and petrol stations.
The restaurant is located in a traditional stone manor, built in the Colonial style. Do check out the spectacular coat of arms on the entrance archway. It has an amazing terrace, with some tables reserved for al-fresco dining and other just for drinks.
The inside is decorated in a light, airy and contemporary style: fresh flowers, no heavy furnishings, simple wooden and metal tables, no tablecloths, hand-painted wooden doors with light floral motifs, nice oiled wood floors, bar made of reclaimed old window panels etc. Definitely unsophisticated but contemporary looking, very welcoming and with a good vibe.
The people working at the bar and servicing the tables are young, enthusiastic and committed to the place, and it shows. They are nice, helpful and are good at guiding you as to portion sizes and choices. The owner has been very lucky here.
As for the food itself, my impression is that La Bicicleta is still on a quest to find its place in the culinary world. It is clear that customers choose this restaurant for informal dinners (tapas and generally finger food), as opposed to more formal dishes (at least that's what the majority of other customers, including ourselves, seemed to opt for when we went, and it was jam packed).
The choice, though, seemed to rely mostly on fried food (battered, fried with breadcrumbs, etc). The croquetas are really very nice, as was the battered aubergine and deep fried stuffed mushrooms. However, we felt that most finger food would be nicer if it was accompanied by a variety of dips. Also, it would be nice to have a wider choice of healthier options, such as a range of salads, cold soups (eg gazpacho) etc - I suspect this is something on the back of their minds (eg their free snack is a hummus dip), and I can only hope that this is something they will explore and opt for in the future.
Prices are very reasonable. Our dinner (four dishes to share, two desserts, a bottle of wine and coffee) came to € 61 - this was for the two of us. I think this is part of the reason why this place has grown so popular - a nice place, with nice people and good food for a reasonable price is like finding a gold nugget!
So all in all - highly recomendable. Look forward to seeing how the menu evolves......
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.