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“Esto NO es un huevo!!!!” 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 #3 of 6,489 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
Bangkok, Thailand
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“Esto NO es un huevo!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

A triumphant journey from start to finish. This restaurant isn't for everyone. Firstly come with an open mind and let the team surprise you with all the taste explosions..secondly if your idea of good meal is a big chunk of meat and mountain of mash then I would skip this one. From outside you might not think this is a restaurant at all.There's no cheesy sign or banner out front only a friendly doorman who tells you that the restaurant is on the first floor on the right ( or second depends on where you are from ). There are several small rooms for individual guests or a big room for a larger group. Then you will be presented with three kinds of menu which you can choose. We were told if we are returning we can also choose what or not to repeat on the menu you choose which is rather quite flexible for this kind of restaurant. We did indulge ourself with the menu "la revolución silenciosa " which was the full tasting menu.

I don't want to get into much details here. But from start to finish it was a surprisingly wonderful. It's absolute worth the time and penny.

The staff is very friendly and helpful. The sommelier was particularly nice and we really enjoyed the chef to come to our table at the end of the meal.

Leave some times to enjoy and dress up a little. Just to be on the safe side. You can't go wrong with a blazer in this kind of establishment.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“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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“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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“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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“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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