"The architect’s passion for the Islamic palaces of Andalucía, makes this 1903 Monumento Singular the most spectacular setting for breakfast in Bilbao. While locals eat on, visitors ignore their food and gape at the glorious walls covered in vibrant tiles, the murals, stained glass, ornate ceilings, chandeliers and even the gleaming tiled floors. With its banquettes and white cloth-covered tables, and its reasonable prices, the cafe combines the splendour of a golden-era Parisian brasserie with the brisk bustle of a station cafe. Staff don’t overdo the charm, but the decor, location (by the Jardines de Albia) and ever-reliable breakfasts, lunches and dinners make up for it. There are good pintxos and a bargain menú del día (€14 weekdays and €19 weekends) of three courses, bread and Rioja crianza thrown in. Breakfasts are €2.60."
— The Guardian article