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“Comfort & style” 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 6,461 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
Ireland
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21 restaurant reviews
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“Comfort & style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

First the bill - 254 for two Seduction menu, very large glasses of great cava, bottle of mid range wine and sparkling water. Worth it ? Hell yes!

Lunch started at 2.30 - we left at 5.20 having been treated to a treat for all of the senses including the ears in this relaxed restaurant. A perfect balance between refined elegance and comfortable ambience - you are not made to feel lucky to be allowed in the door as some overly snooty Michelin * restaurants (and others) can make you feel nor are you presented with an over fussing table with enough cutlery to build an aircraft.

Staff were friendly sincere and all in all great.

Highly recommend for a special treat when in madrid.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stavanger, Norway
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“Disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

The food was fancy looking but the tast was not fancy, nor special. To be a 2 star rated Michelin restaurant i would say it is dissaponting and over rated. Service was ok, but not outstanding with waiters trying to be funny and serious on the same time. We was a group of 8 having their full recommended menu with wine. None of us was very impressed and our public opinion was that we would not visit this place again.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sitges, Spain
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“Great but no spikes....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

We were at this hotel in early March 2013 with friends. We go often to Michelin star restaurants, and given that this one holds two stars we will compare it to other 2 star restaurants we have been to. With that in mind I would say that this restaurants ranks as a very nice one star...but probably doesn't deserve the second. Let me elaborate...

The place
The restaurant is located on a second floor of an elegant building. Having said that it isn't easy to find as there were no obvious indications of the restaurant outside. The place itself was nice, sober and elegant so nothing to say there.

The food
One comes to a place like this for the food. Audi have to say one is not disappointed (completely at least). The dishes are innovative and some were very good. I have to say though, that although many dishes were good...none was truly exceptional. The fishbowl dessert was very nice, as was perhaps the fish...but somehow they felt just ok...so we found ourselves waiting for the dish that would completely surprise us...unfortunately it never came. Again, the food was not bad...quite the contrary, but often in a two star there is a moment of "amazement"...

The service
The service was discrete and adequate...having said that, for a two star, the service from the sommelier (assuming there was one as it wasn't really clear that he was actually qualified for the role) left some room for improvement. He brought us a bottle from the wrong year...and when we confronted him with the fact he apologized and said he didn't have any more bottles from the year in the menu...in a 2 star you expect that explanation before the bottle is brought to the table...not feeling that they were trying to "see if it would pass"...

Overall
Very pleasant experience with no "spikes"...the food was good, the place was pleasant...but somehow it didn't feel like a 2 star...of course it cost half what a French 2 star would cost...but don't know if "value" should be the driver of more stars...

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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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