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“What a difference a day makes!”
Review of Estado Puro

Estado Puro
Ranked #3,532 of 11,794 Restaurants in Madrid
Price range: $35 - $71
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Paseo del Prado
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Run by one of Ferran Adria's El Bulli chefs, you would expect it to be good in all areas. I had researched restaurants before I travelled to Madrid and this one was on top of my list. Went there on my second night in Madrid, it was fairly busy, but the wait staff kept everyone happy and the food came out hot, tasty and quickly. My only comment is that, given the El Bulli connection the dishes would be perfection, the "Ali-oil" potatoes were cut in all different shapes and sizes, you would think there would be some consistency there?
We tried and shared 6 or 7 dishes, with a glass of La Ina fino sherry to start and then a good red wine, a couple of nice dessert, all together a really good evening.
As there were some tapas dishes we would have liked to have tried we decided to return a couple of days later on our last night in Madrid, and we wished we hadn't!
The place was not very busy at all, I counted 6 tables, looked after by 2 wait staff and a manager/ maitre d'. We had a glass of Alborino each with our first few tapas, I then decided to have a glass of red and my wife asked for another Alborino. What she got was a glass of rough white wine and when she said so, the waiter made a great show of sniffing the wine and patronisingly suggesting she was mistaken. Being both members of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, very knowledgeable about food and wines and me having 40 years experience in the hospitality trade we were aghast! Eventually it was taken away and replaced with the wine ordered, so already things weren't going well. Service then started to drag, the speed of the first night turned into a slow dragged out meal. We asked for the dessert menu, decided on what we wanted, but as nobody came to see us for about 15 minutes (remeber there were only a few customers) we decided to pay and leave, no desserts, no coffee, no sale for Estado Puro.
The difference in the quality of the atmosphere and service a couple of days apart was astounding!
Try the place by all means, but don't be surprised if the service is indifferent, as I said, what a difference a day or two makes!

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1  Thank Andy M
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

This is a modern, funky venue with very beautiful and delicious tapas. We recommend the potatas bravas...the best we had in Spain.

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Thank Heather F
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

This beautiful, design driven hot spot is great for a pre or post museum respite. The tapas here are not typical, nor "El Bulli" style. It can be hit or miss though: for example, the tempura asparagus are wonderful, but the accompanying aioli was flat and lacked brightness. A drizzle of lemon juice made up for this. The mini sliders are excellent - provided they are hot. They're a tad salty though. Eat the shoestring fries fast, because they are so thin, that they cool down quickly.
The food is deceptively rich, so you might not want to go hog wild in ordering, unless you do it over a long period of time.
The terrace is nice, but smokers ruin that experience.
The staff is alright, I did hear one or two of them speaking English to customers.

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1  Thank Afazad
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

you must experience a lunch or afternoon at the sidewalk cafe, enjoying these Tapas with a modern twist - incredible flavors, creative presentation, great service

Thank Lainba
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

The food is good, you will find typical Spanish food (tortilla, patatas bravas etc) but served in a modern and trendy way. The wine choice is fine too, and you can sit outside. However we were quite disappointed by the staff: we sat on the terrace, waited 15 minutes until the waiter came to take our order (two glasses of wine and tapas). The waiter then came back with our wine, but the food never arrived. After 40 minutes we called the waiter and asked about our food, he did not seem to remember we had ordered food, and even asked us if he was the one who took our order. Without apologies, he re-took the order and was everything but friendly afterwards. He also brought us something we did not order and tried to charge us for it, we had to argue to avoid being charged. it was surreal. Too bad the staff is not nicer because while we enjoyed our dinner, we will probably not go back.

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Thank bretona
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