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“Very Good”
Review of Pio Matsal & Bar

Pio Matsal & Bar
Ranked #3 of 190 Restaurants in Halmstad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$50
Cuisines: Diner
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This is very nice restaurant offering a very interesting balance of flavours and textures. We took the set menu and all four courses were very good
The ambiance and decor was good.
The service friendly and efficient
Well worth a visit

Date of visit: March 2018
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Thank Simon M
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Pio is a nice restaurant to visit, a bit expensive compared to the food quality, which is not bad but more likely avarage than very good.
The service, location and environment is nice, a city center place.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Koppany
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Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Ate in Pio this evening and we all agreed that it was very very good. We will probably eat here again during the week. Campo Virgo rioja went really well with. Yummmm

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Andre B
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Try the "planka" a beef steak with mashed potatoes on a wodden plate. The restuarant lies in the centre of the town.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Thank Haha5806
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

The equal best rated restaurant in Halmstad, Pio Matsal has an outdoor seating area with heaters (for those nearest the building), and spacious, quite opulent interior.
We did not book, and got a table for five on a Sunday evening in the middle of the holiday season with little fuss.

Our table was a proper dining table, with six heavy leather chairs, including one rather more like a throne at the head.

Whilst Swedish in places, much of the menu was more typically European, and the meat "planks" could have been from the UK or US.

We could have chosen herring or roe for starters...to keep with the Swedish theme, but there were the only things that seemed particularly Swedish.

We chose main course and deserts as follows:
Scallops served with melon & grapefruit salad, smoked mayonnaise, sesame crisp, chilli powder & cilantro - taken as a main course. Light, succulent, well cooked

Pio´s classic fish plank with home-made pommes duchesse, fillet of plaice, spinach, prawns and hollandaise sauce. Think of a good sized wooden chopping board, surround the outside with a very smooth piped mashed potato, then plaice wrapped over a ball of prawns, on top of some spinach, covered in Hollandaise. Nicely done, a big dish.

Grilled pork fillet from local farms with roasted garlic, stir fried vegetables, herb aioli, red wine jus and potato gratin . Well done... but nothing else to say about it...well done but not remarkable.

Pio´s plank steak served the traditional way with home-made pommes duchesse, Swedish sirloin steak, béarnaise sauce, parsley butter and haricots verts. The meat version of the fish dish described earlier, the steak was excellent.

And for pudding Crème brûlée, Jordgubbar (cheesecake crème with white chocolate, strawberry sorbet, strawberry crème and shortbread), Sorbets and a somewhat incongruous coke-float all went down well.

The wine list has a good to great selection (some of the famous french bordeaux and burgundies for those NOT on a budget) - with ten or so white and red wines available by the glass or caraffe.

It was a good, well cooked meal. At SEK2450 (£245) it was a little expensive for a restaurant in a seaside town- but the ingredients were good quality.

When you walk around the restaurant and see things such as The French Laundry Chef's tasting menu from 2003, you start to get a sense of what they want to be.

For me the food was better than average, but not excellent; the atmosphere was excellent, staff helpful and bilingual. But the overall experience was only okay.

An international restaurant.

Date of visit: August 2017
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Thank Gavin W
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