Riva Degli Schiavoni, Castello 4149, Venice
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Celebrity spotting, Romance, Special occasions
Best for Gourmets - Expert review of Met
Corrado Fasolato, the only chef on the lagoon with two Michelin stars, is a Veneto native who passed through the hands of Ferran Adrià on the Costa Brava and Jacques le Divellec in Paris before coming home to roost in the Metropole Hotel (see Hotel Metropole). There’s nothing simple about Fasolati’s creations – which range from Venetian with major twists, to fusion so extreme that what comes out at the end is something quite unique – but his way with ingredients brings out the flavour and texture of each so that he skates well on the safe side of pretension.
The menu changes according to what’s freshest, but Fasolati’s signature dishes include a carbonara where instead of the usual pasta, a variation on the traditional eggy sauce is served on the thinnest strips of cuttlefish; and a rum and cigar flavoured dessert which is like nothing else. Coffee slips into his dishes in strange places, as does the classic Italian moka coffee maker, out of which emerge strangely delicious broth and fruit concoctions to tease the palate. On my most recent visit, the sea bass steamed over a grassy mixture of herbs and spices and served with vanilla-flavoured olive oil was exquisite. Unusually for a restaurant of this calibre, wine can be ordered by the glass, allowing you to experiment with pairings from one course to another.
A recent makeover removed much of Met’s red plush and left the spaces looking just a little bare. Unfortunately, the pretty garden (open noon-midnight) outside isn’t for diners: it only functions as a bar with drinks and snacks.
Though professional in the extreme, service can be a touch too hushed and deferential until you strike up a rapport. Met serves evening meals only, except on Saturday and Sunday when there’s lunch too.
Inside the five-star Hotel Metropole.
There’s a ‘surprise’ taster menu at 125 euros or go à la carte and expect to pay upwards of 120 euros a head.
More information on Met:
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- Fusion, Italian, Mediterranean, Modern
- Riva Degli Schiavoni, Castello 4149, Venice
- 041 5240034
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- 7pm-10.30pm. Closed Mon. Also open for lunch 12.30pm-2pm Sat & Sun.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential
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