Spanish, Vegetarian options
Open now 08:00 - 23:00
$$$$ Price range per person 11-19 €
Quintana Kalea, 3, Bilbao
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Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain

If you appear to be near Casco Viejo, you can go to this restaurant. The key aspect of Kokken is the Spanish cuisine. It's a pleasant experience to order perfectly cooked belly pork, octopus and marinated salmon. Come here for good tiramisu, baked custard and Buñuelos if you are hungry. It's nice to taste delicious txakoli, beer or cordial. This place offers great cortado or good juice among its drinks.

The homely atmosphere of this spot allows customers to relax after a hard working day. A number of guests consider the staff knowledgeable. The cool service is something these restaurateurs care about. You will like low prices. In accordance with the guests' opinions, the decor is beautiful. Based on the visitors' feedback on Google, this restaurant deserved 4.4.

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This restaurant offers a surprise tasting menu. You tell them your allergies and they take it from there. After four or five courses you have the option of stopping or continuing to the medium or large tasting menu. The food was good. If pressed I might complain that it was strongly slanted to fish and meat.
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Aha, I didn't pick up from the other reviews that the Omikase (chef's choice) was the only choice. There's no menu, as the friendly hostess explains, "We surprise you". I'm writing this as the surprise unfolds. So far, so good. They serve a carafe of the fine local aqua del grifo and don't push bottled water (a real waste of energy and cash) and have excellent bread - maybe the best I've had in three weeks in Spain. The plan is you start with the short menu at 18.50, if still hungry, move on to medium at 23.50, and if really hungry, the long at 28.50. See the photo of the chalkboard menu. Two courses in, this is a awesome place. With an excellent rock n roll mix playing too. This isn't pinxto style with sticks in the food. Course 1 was delicate perfectly cooked salmon with a killer sauce, fresh herbs and tomatoes. I licked the plate (with bread, but you get the idea). Second course was a stunningly good mushroom and egg risotto. Third is cuttlefish, perfectly done with another awesome sauce - substantial portion, like the others. I've got to ease up on the bread and sauce routine to go to (at least) the medium level. I spent years living at the high end of the expense account food chain, and the food here is every bit as good. Unusual, imaginative and awesome! Third course is a decent sized piece of perfectly done flank steak with another great sauce, not as off the chart fabulous as the others but on the chart fabulous. The hostess tells me that's the end of of the short menu road. I'm pretty full, but will keep going to medium for the greater glory of Yelp. The things people do for social media! In the US, the decor would be mini-mall modern. There's a nice stuffed moose head mounted on the wall. See photos. One thing I noticed during those years of platinum card business dinners was that almost all of the restaurants with nose bleed prices had great decor, but many had real ho-hum food. Kokken is the opposite. Course four is cod, wrapped in some leaf, and perfectly steamed, with an ok sauce. The weakest dish so far. Didn't stop me from finishing it, though. I'll have distilled water for breakfast. 'Wish I went easier on the bread earlier. One to go, and dessert. Unless it's kibble and bits, this is the best $30 dinner I've ever had. Last plate is shredded veal in a pastry crust, over escarole with a curry sauce. Another winner. I'm stuffed. As a sometimes "reducitarian" asked about vegetarian and seafood only restricted menus. They can do vegetarian with a day or two notice, and seafood up to the medium (5 course) plan. Dessert just arrived. The bread pudding of the gods! Chef school whipped cream and liqueur sauce. Roll me out of here. Any way to give six stars? [Note dinner hours are 8:30 to 11]
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Quintana Kalea, 3, Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
Features
Outdoor seating Wi-Fi Booking No takeaway Сredit cards accepted Wheelchair accessible TV
Opening hours
SundaySun 09:30-16:00
MondayMon 08:00-16:00
TuesdayTue 08:00-23:00
WednesdayWed 08:00-23:00
ThursdayThu 08:00-23:00
FridayFri 08:00-23:00
SaturdaySat 08:00-23:00
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