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“Overpriced, not fresh, and a predatory waiter” 1 of 5 stars
Review of La Buganvilla

La Buganvilla
Calle Almagro, 12, 28010 Madrid, Spain (Chamberi)
+34 913197550
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Chamberi
upstate new york
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“Overpriced, not fresh, and a predatory waiter”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

A bad end to a great trip to Spain.

We were going to order the Arroz Negro, but the waiter said "It is only ok.", and steered us to the two most expensive items on the menu. We decided to try one of these - the seafood paella - for 20 euros per person, or 40 euros. The waiter brought out two rolls, but without butter, oil or vinegar. The rice in the paella was properly cooked, but there was less than 3 ounces (75 g) of seafood total - a dozen tiny half-inch clam shells with some garlic and a baby pea-sized clam in each, one shrimp and one langoustine each, and some tiny bits of unknown fish in the paella. None of the seafood was fresh, and several of the clam shells had not opened.

Moreover, the dish was served as is - rice and fish with with no lemon or other accompaniments.

When we got our bill, we found that the waiter had billed us 3.85 Euros for the two rolls we hadn't asked for!

A disgrace in every way. I had our hotel - which had recommended the restaurant - contact them, and we got no response. So this must be how they do business.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Paella”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2008

Excellent paella, very freindly staff and service, staff were very professional and able to communicate in English. This restaurant was not touristy, 5 separate rooms - 4 tables per room very private personal feel to it. Excellent value for money expect to pay €50 pp for 3 courses including drinks, very worth while!

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