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Le Metro Bar and Bistro (Restaurant)

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28 Basil Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1AS
Cuisine: British Average Price: £30.00
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Best for: quick bites in Knightsbridge; a taste of the good life.

Great: steaks; desserts; mustard.

It’d be all right living in a hotel, I reckon. I wouldn’t have to change the bedding, or make decisions about whether it would be too boring to spend those John Lewis vouchers that I got for Christmas on towels. I’d probably get one of those power showers they have in the bathroom as well, and a mint on my pillow every night so I’d never need to brush my teeth before bed ever again.

The best bit, though, would be that I’d never have to bother with things like deciding what to have for breakfast, or where to go for dinner. Hotel food is ace. I could have steak every day, if I want.

They’d get to know me in the hotel restaurant too, and say “Good morning Mr Brill; the usual seat?” whenever I went down for breakfast. They’d bring over my mini pack of Frosties and my jug of milk and a copy of Four Four Two without me having to ask.

Somewhere like The Levin Hotel would do me just fine, I think. I’ve had a look at the bedrooms on their website, and they look dead swish. It’s one of those boutique hotels they do nowadays, and it’s in Knightsbridge, right near Harrods. I’d probably have to get a promotion to be able to afford it, but it doesn’t do any harm to dream, does it?

The hotel restaurant, Le Metro, is pretty good as well. Bit beige inside, maybe, but in a classy, uncluttered way. The menu is simple, too, even if they do call the starters ‘small plates.’ They have dishes like crispy squid with garlic aioli or beetroot cured salmon with horseradish cream for small plates, and dishes like burgers, and bangers and mash, and steak and chips for mains.

“If I lived here,” I say to Bea, “I could have steak every day.”

Bea looks at me like I’m not making sense.

“I’d need a promotion, of course,” I add, to clarify. She carries on looking at me like I’m making no sense. I decide it’s not worth trying to explain.

I order the crispy squid and the steak, naturally. Our waiter, Christian, asks me if I’d like ketchup with my steak. I say, “no thank you, but do you have any mustard?”

He says that they do, and offers me a choice of Dijon or English. Christian is great: very efficient. I reckon we’d probably get along well if I lived here. We’d build up an unlikely bond. He’d sometimes subtly raise a mildly exasperated eyebrow in my direction after efficiently dealing with some demanding ladies at lunch, and I’d respond empathetically with my wisest smile, and a slight shrug of my shoulders.

The restaurant is quiet, aside from a few demanding ladies at lunch, and a couple of men eating alone, who look like they’ve been shown to their usual seat. The food is spot on. My squid is crisp and fresh, and generous in portion, and the rib eye steak is nicely charred, perfectly cooked medium rare, and served with French fries and a side of green beans. The Dijon mustard is also good: creamy, but with a fiery kick. I close my eyes to savour a mouthful, washed down with a sauvignon blanc that comes from Mr Levin’s own estate in the Loire Valley. If Dodgy weren’t playing on the stereo, I could almost be in France.

“I thought the music was a bit weird,” says Bea once we’ve left the restaurant. “But the food was good, if a little heavy. That tarte au citron I had for dessert was absolutely gorgeous, actually – all crisp on top like a crème brulee – actually quite clever, when you think about it. I can’t remember the last time I….Ben, are you listening to me?”

I’m miles away, though, thinking to myself how sad it is that, unless I get a promotion, I might never get to live in a hotel and eat steak for dinner every day while listening to Britpop compilation tapes. I decide once again that it’s not worth trying to explain.

“Of course I’m listening, darling,” I say, “I was just thinking how nice it is to get a taste of the good life once in a while.” I put my arm around her, and decide that I might not brush my teeth this evening, as a special treat.
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Le Metro Bar and Bistro Opening Hours

Monday: 7:30am - 10:30pm Friday: 7:30am - 10:30pm
Tuesday: 7:30am - 10:30pm Saturday: 7:30am - 10:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30am - 10:30pm Sunday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 7:30am - 10:30pm    

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Le Metro Bar and Bistro Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: British
  • Average Price: £30.00

Le Metro Bar and Bistro Food Menu

The new menu includes light bites of crispy squid with aioli; beetroot-cured smoked salmon; or cumin kofte with minted yoghurt, with plates starting from £4 each. Larger appetites will find classics such as haddock and chips; steaks; and black olive gnocchi.

Updated 23/01/2012

Le Metro Bar and Bistro Drinks Menu

Wine has always been a passion for owner David Levin, whose hotels The Capital and The Levin, both next door to Le Metro, are renowned for their wine cellar.

Wines start from £3.95 for a glass, with a concise selection featuring choices from around the world, including David Levin’s own vineyard in France. The specially priced ‘wines of the week’ will be selected from both the cellars and from expert sources, to encourage customers to really explore the wine list.

Updated 20/01/2012

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From 5pm - 7pm (weekdays) Le Metro's Mini Bites promotion pairs 2 small dishes with a glass of the wine of the week for just £10

Updated 23/04/2012

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