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“Best culinary experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Club Allard

El Club Allard
C/ Ferraz 2, 28008 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 59 09 39
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Ranked #1 of 6,475 restaurants in Madrid
Cuisines: Contemporary, Eclectic, Fusion
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Good for: Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Singapore, Singapore
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64 reviews 64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best culinary experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

We headed down on our first day to make a reservation the next day but it was full, however the manager placed us on waiting list and we got our table the next day for dinner. Do remember to make a reservation at least 2 weeks before.

The head chef came out to welcome us and introduced us to three different menus and also asked about our food preferences or allergies. We choose the revolution menu which had 3 appetizers, 4 starters, 1 fish, 1 meat, a dessert appertif and then 2 desserts followed by tea or coffee to finish off. Each of the dishes thar was served was an art by itself. We were constantly amazed by how humble foos ingredients look but was intepreted and served in a unique way of its own. Even the desserts of both the fish bowl and poached egg were amazingly created. Definitely worth the visit for a 2 star Michelin restaurant. We ordered two glasses of wine and the total bill racked up to 260 euros for the two of us. A must visit restaurant the next time you are in Madrid!!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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“It is definitely memorable dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

I celebrated my xx Birthday in the Club Allard on December 13th with my sons and my dear friends from Russia. We absolutely loved it! It was very unusual and outstanding dining experience. Regardless of the fact we were dining in the magnificent place of 19th century we felt very comfortable and cozy. The staff was very pleasant and every dish and its presentation were surprisingly incredible. It is definitely memorable dining experience

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Excellent dining experience. Every course a visual delight.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

We came here for my husband's birthday dinner. We made our reservations much earlier. Although we did check out the pictures of the food on the website, it's totally different experiencing it in person.

In the past, we are sceptical with high priced and Michelin starred restaurants, but this restaurant deserves its recognition. Bravo to the chef!

Every course was a visual delight. Not only was it tasty, but the entire meal was just right in terms of the portion. Service was good. The only regret is we did not get to meet the chef as we came all the way from Malaysia. Hopefully, one day when we return, we get to do so.

Highly recommended. For the molecular gastronomy experience at its finest.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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East Hampton
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Avoid this place like the plague!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

I've never in my life witnessed such a pretentious concoction of smoking (dry ice) foods all disguised as something else or else something totally foreign and unrecognizable. We endured the tedious parade of endless courses (each consisting of two or three bites of something vaguely noxious) and were longing for a single dish of something we could recognize and actually taste. The chef, a very sweet man looking weirdly like Al Pacino as Frank Serpico, would do well making science fixture movies with lots of special effects. Cannot begin to fathom all the race reviews!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Gorgeous food presented with a theatrical touch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Fantastic restaurant - inventive food presented with a real theatrical flair. From the moment you sit down, and realise you can eat the restaurant business card on the table you know you're in for something a little unusual. Everything course of the taster menu has some exciting twist - smoke wafted with one dish to enhance the smell; food served over a lantern; a pudding disguised as an egg. Though most importantly the food tastes as well as looking amazing, the theatrical touches add to the experience of the food rather than detract from it.

Everything is spot on the food, the service and the ambience. Whilst not cheap - for food of this quality its good value (the wine list is particularly good value for a restaurant of this quality).

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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