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It’s never night time at Dani García’s new home (two Michelin stars). Or maybe it’s always night time (and a festive atmosphere dominates the place). Responsible for this effect is the well-known interior decorator Lázaro Rosa-Violán (his phone hasn’t stopped ringing for over a year) who has designed the perfect illumination to teleport the visitor to the Feria de Malaga in southern Spain. The lighting, which intends to represent the roots of the Andalusian chef, expands across the area -800 m2 with dozens of tables without tablecloth and several bars- where he shares the values, knowledge and experience he’s gained through his constant travelling (there’s a hot air balloon at the very entrance).
There have been some changes in the menu and therefore it’s slightly different from the BiBo Marbella one. The restaurant, however, keeps the buzz as there hasn’t been an empty chair since day one. And it doesn’t seem like that’s going to change. In fact, it’s very difficult to book a table on the weekends and, if you usually have an early dinner, chances are you will have to stand up to allow a second shift. With the coolest people, a cosmopolitan environment, great music taste (from Rick Astley to Depeche Mode), a bar full of original cocktails, a lively environment and a very efficient service, BiBo -with the subheading Andalusian Brasserie & Tapas on its front door- is the place to be.
The menu is very, very long and thoroughly portrays Dani García’s creativity and influences (asian, peruan, french touches). It’s his informal cooking, more accessible and loved by the majority, that has made him a legend. Starters like cherry gazpacho and foie yogurt are two of his most iconic dishes. A clear example of an attempt to democratise haute cuisine. Nevertheless you shouldn’t expect any of these here. Yes, you will find quality dishes, correctly executed, great dressings and remastered classics with impeccable fryings and perfectly balanced flavours, but in some cases prices will be slightly expensive (though the quality is undeniable).
The offer is so extensive you get to choose between a meal of casual tapas -croquetas, tortilla de camarones, burgers…- and culinary delights -jamón, oysters, a glass of champagne…-. Of course, their wine choices have all the references you expect from a place like this one. But there's a special attention to sherrys. You can have only one glass of each if you want. Well played!
To try some of the dishes you will need to call some friends, specifically the ones that love meat. The Black Angus loin -which weighs 1kg by the way- will make them drool even before it’s on the table. Roast duck, stuffed chicken, steak… are some of the options you have to share, as well as the fish mains (romana hake, calamari with pasta risotto). There are never ending options to go for a meal with family (yeah, there’s plenty of tables with children) and for brunch on the weekends. As ambitious as this landing might seem, it has all the weapons to become a huge success. Its goal will be to stay on top.
Paseo de la Castellana, 52
|Transport:||Gregorio Marañón (M: L7, L10), Rubén Darío (M: L5)|
|Opening hours:||Daily 1pm-4pm, 8pm-midnight. Snacks and cold dishes available 4pm-7.30pm. Brunch Sat, Sun noon-2pm.|