Having read a lot about Club Allard in the press, we recently finally came around to actually go and try the experience. It was truly memorable, mostly excellent, some parts outstanding, some parts 'only' very good. The treatment and service was perfectly friendly and helpful, including car parking with the car efficiently brought back on time. If you are used to top class restaurants (we're not really) you might miss even more waiters ready to react at every move, we felt perfectly happy with what was provided.
As you probably knew before reading this, having dinner at Club Allard or similar restaurants is nothing like a standard meal, instead you partake in a sort of organized trip through the culinary world of the specific chef. In this case part of the emphasis is on the peculiar presentation like the famous fake egg for dessert, part on the taste. The latter was unbelievably good for some dishes, while a few others remained just below maximal grades. Contrary to some other reviews, we were for example a bit less enamoured of the desserts, considering the starters the most rewarding part of the menu. We were offered a set of wines by the glass to go with the menu. These wines were all very nice, but only one I'd consider a true relevation. Given the quality of the food and the service, the price level was still relatively reasonable – keeping in mind with what you compare with.
Overall we enjoyed this dinner more than a much more expensive one in a 3-star restaurant many years ago and will definitely consider coming back for a special occasion.
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