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“Gorgeous food presented with a theatrical touch” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Club Allard

El Club Allard
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Ranked #35 of 10,349 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, International, Contemporary, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Arguelles
London
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60 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Gorgeous food presented with a theatrical touch”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“One of the Best in the World”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

Outstanding!! This restaurant beats Per Se, Le Bernardin, Minibar and many other great places. It pushes the limits of creativity but importantly, not to the detriment of fabulous taste. It is a nice touch that the chef visits every table before and after the meal -- perhaps because he knows he will only hear accolades. While not inexpensive, it is a good value for what it delivers. The four of us sat in a private room at the back -- request it if you can.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank onecontinenttwogo
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Ankara, Turkey
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A wonderful memory”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

Dinner at the Club Allard was the highlight of our Madrid visit (we are a family of three with a 15-year-old son). There is nothing I can really add to all the existing reviews, except to agree with the common positive points--amazing food (our son was clearly more taken with the art of Mr. Diego Guerrero than any of the old masters at the Prado) and charming service (a special hello to Osman)--all of which made for a memorable experience that we still take pleasure in recalling and reliving. Thank you, from Ankara.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“WOW A most unusual dinning experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

My wife found this restaurant on trip advisor for our autumn break. I went along with it not realising it had 2 Michelin stars. I now know why. Delicious food and presented in such an unusual way. Most other reviewers have said all there is to say but the Diego coming to the table at both the begining and end of the meal was attention to detail of the highest level. We didn't have a reservation and just called in on the off chance. We were lucky.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kimberley, South Africa
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“An inspiring food adventure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

Mr Diego Guerrero is a food genius! More importantly, he respects his art and his clients- he discusses food preferences and allergies individually at each table beforehand and also comes round at the end of the evening to enquire as to overall satisfaction. The dishes are innovative and surprizing, a journey of tastes and textures, enjoyable and fun. The waitrons are well trained, attentive without being intrusive, the sommelier knows his wine and the atmosphere is serene and classy. Nothing disappointed here!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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