Food Porn: Le Metro

UPDATE: Since writing this article, Le Metro has closed. Coco By Le Metro is currently open on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo.

When you go out to dinner as often as we do, you begin to develop some pet peeves.  Having an out of date or poorly designed website is certainly high on that list.  When Alli and I were trying to figure out where we wanted to spend our 6 month wedding anniversary, Le Metro was one of the nicer restaurants on our “to do” list.  We were going back and forth between a favorite restaurant that we’ve been to several times and trying something completely new.  What really helped us make the decision to eat at Le Metro their “Steak and Eggs” entree that Alli spotted on their website menu.  Unfortunately, when we arrived to Le Metro and were handed the menu, that particular dinner entree was no where to be found.  We still managed to have an OK meal but Alli was certainly disappointed and it slightly effected our mood (and really it was something that could have been easily avoided if the restaurant had updated their website).

Quick Info:

I can’t say that Alli and I make trips to the Tony Walker Center on a regular basis; we are definitely several tax brackets too low to even consider shopping there on a regular basis.  However, that plaza has a few restaurants that are worth a trip; you’ll also find Pizza Plant (at least for the moment) and the newly opened Giancarlo’s Sicilian Steakhouse.  On the way to dinner we asked our twitter followers about their recommendations and we received a flood of “over-rated” and “good not great” responses.  But we decided that we needed to see how the food was for ourselves and kept our Friday night reservation.

The actual Le Metro location is much smaller than I was expecting.  The dining room has a large booth that runs along the wall with a spattering of tables and wicker chairs.  The lighting, music, and decorations evoke a  “European” bistro mood. Our server was incredibly friendly and almost cheered us on as we ordered a couple appetizers and our entrees.

For our appetizers we decided to try their Thai Chili Steak (pictured below) and their Breads and Spreads (pictured in gallery).  The steak was incredibly tender and was coated in a Hoison chili sauce that had a small amount of heat to it.  The four skewers that made up the appetizer were eaten incredibly quickly.  Alli and I also split their Breads and Spreads platter and chose their Basil Pesto as our “spread.” Taking the advice from Buffalo Foodie Joanna Pasceri, we decided to order a second helping of bread.  The crispy crostini slices were warm and crusty, definitely some of the best bread I’ve had at a restaurant in a while.  The platter also included large piece of roasted garlic that were soft enough to spread on the bread, kalamata olives, cheese, slices of salami and fatty delicious prosciutto.  The appetizers brightened our mood and were fairly affordable, under $8 each.

The entrees on the other hand, didn’t really impress us and left us unsatisfied.  Neither of the dishes were anything horrible or even inedible, but after eating really good appetizers and knowing we were going to have a large bill at the end of the meal, we were disappointed.  I ordered their Cacio E Pepe (pictured below) which I should have known wasn’t going to be remotely authentic after looking at the description and ingredient list, but I was in the mood for a cheesy pasta and thought I’d give it a try.  The biggest issue I had with the dish was the watery sauce that really sapped any of the flavor that may have been there.  I was hoping for something ticker and for a strong cheesy flavor/texture.  For those of you who know what Cacio e Pepe is supposed to look/taste like, you can see from the picture below that this entree was not even close.

Alli decided to still satisfy her steak craving and ordered the Flat Iron Steak (pictured in the gallery) special for the evening.  Instead of quail eggs and fingerling mash with apple-wood smoked bacon, her steak was topped with mushrooms and garlic butter with a side of broccoli spears.  The steak was really small and didn’t really have much of a flavor.  Again, not inedible, but it left Alli wishing she would have ordered something different.

Our experience at Le Metro was more disappointing than not, but there were some bright spots along the way.  Our appetizers were really good and our service was fantastic.  But considering our entrees were just OK at best and a full dinner for two will easily cost $90+, I’d recommend trying a smaller meal or even a snack at the bar with a drink before committing to spending some serious cash.

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Le Metro Bakery & Cafe on Urbanspoon

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