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“Should have at least two stars” 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 #2 of 6,508 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
1 review
“Should have at least two stars”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant, currently #1 in Tripadvisor, is amazing. It's not cheap but the food is worth it. The staff spoke perfect English (also over the phone when I booked a table) and were very friendly and helpful. If in Madrid, this culinary experience, since that is what it is, should not be missed. The wine is very reasonably priced.

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Brussels, Belgium
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“In line with Alinea!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

I had the chance to invite my wife (she had the chance to be invited actually) last wednesday. We were almost only foreign clients as Real Madrid was playing a Champions League game at the same time.

We have had an splendid dinner with the Revolution Menu. Some food is of similar quality and presentation as Alinea in Chicago, the best restaurant I have ever been. It is the first time I go to a restaurant with two stars in Madrid and it is frankly excellent. Wines accompanying the menu are awesome.

Will go back. Definetely.

Thanks again to the Chef and his team.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Granada, Spain
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“I must have missed something!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Decided on El Club Allard as a result of the mainly positive reviews on Trip Advisor. Our party opted for the Seduction menu and each of the 12 innovative courses' was given individual appraisal as they were consumed.Very mixed comments accompanied each one. Although every course was beautifully and in some cases spectacularly presented, as one of the Trip Advisor reviewers commented it is the food that matters. The concentus of opinion in our group was one of the blandness of the majority of the dishes. The addition of the infused foam on certain dishes only seemed to kill rather enhance the flavour. It is obvious to anyone who visits El Club Allard that a great deal of time effort and ingenuity has gone in to the creation and execution of these dishes, but the nuances & subtle flavour experiences get lost somewhere. The whole appeared to taste less than the sum of the ingredient parts, sadly.
The wine varieties from Ourense in Galicia, Avila & Cigales in Castilla y Leon, Mentrida in Castilla-La Mancha and a Malaga dessert wine, although not your normal wine fayre, just being different and refreshing is no substitute if in our groups opinion, they were all generally a bit on the lightweight side.
The service was discreet and informative, the ambiance fine albeit slightly subdued given the number of dinners that evening. I am sorry, but for all our party, who are no shrinking violets when it comes to the enjoyment of gourmet fine dining and who had been anticipating something really special that evening, it turned out to be a case of style over substance. .

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin Ireland
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Imaginative, creative ... great way to spend an afternoon.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Diego Guerrero's El Club Allard is superb ... a feast for all the senses ... we opted for the Revolution menu, and were delighted with our choice.

In a restaurant of this standard, while important the standard of staff, the room etc are a given (and lived up to expectations) ... it is the food which should shine, and so it did ... in fact it dazzled. So much caught our attention:

- the game truffle
- the mini babybell
- the egg with bread and bacon over a potato sauce
- the pigeon
- the 'sea dessert' with raspberry and white chocolate coral, dark chocolate mussel shell and marshmallow nemo
- the egg

We really think that Diego Guerrero is developing ideas which are at the forefront of cooking and presentation today.

Sublime ... and for what it is, very good value. Go there ...

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Moscow, Russia
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Don't come here without reservation!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Come here based on Tripadvisor recommendations. It was not easy to find it, nothing is about restaurant in the building on the second floor, you should enter the door on the corner of 2 streets and go to the second floor, and turn right.
There was nothing about reservation and when I come they told me that there's no free seats first, then another waiter told me that kitchen is closed and they can't serve me, bla-bla-bla...
It was very strange because restaurant was half full and I see a lot of free seats and I come here just for coffee and desert. But only one of 4 waiters was speaking/understanding more-less English, which is trend in Madrid and Spain.
Left this place without my desert and dissatisfied!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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