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“creativity and refinement in a tasting menu”
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Ranked #217 of 10,696 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $39 - $67
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Chamberi
Description: At Lua you can both eat informal food -tapas- at our new bar upstairs, or alternatively enjoy our signature cuisine by reknown Chef Manuel Dominguez, who elaborates a sophisticated Galician cuisine that will make your mouth melt in delight. Our specialities include 'nuggets' of lamb sweetbreads, octopus "a feira" and many traditional Galician dishes with a modern twist. Top cuisine in a great atmosphere. Ask about our VIP Lounge for your own private happenings.
Virginia
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120 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“creativity and refinement in a tasting menu”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

This was one of my pics for a top flight meal during our recent trip to Spain and Portugal. It did not disappoint. We were there right before Christmas and it was fun to see the various Madrilenos there for holiday celebrations. In fact, we were the only Americans the night we visited.
Our tasting menu (about 7 courses--sorry, we were there a while and I did not take detailed notes) was creative and well portioned. The chef used culinary techniques that are now identified with Spanish high end cuisine, such as foams and unusual presentations--but with flair. Each was appropriate to the food and did not compromise taste. For the level of cuisine we found this to be very fairly priced. Service was attentive, but not hovering, and we were able to communicate despite our less than fluent Spanish . I would return again. Highly recommended.

Visited December 2013
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New York City
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Something Very different in Madrid”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

We loved almost all of the food we had in Madrid, but after a while, it started tasting the same: there's only so much delicious jamon, croquette, hake, roasted pork and roasted peppers you can eat. Lau, though, was completely different: a multi-course tasting menu, each course more interesting than the next. Yes, everything had Spanish accents, but it was truly unique. I also recommend paying the extra money for the wine pairings; it's a great way to drink and eat. The room is beautiful, and the servers were very attentive and knowledgeable. (Their English wasn't perfect, but it was plenty good enough to get by.) I agree with people who say that sitting upstairs is better, so you should request that when you book.

Granted, it's not cheap, but it's an excellent value, because it's worth it.

  • Visited December 2013
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Manuel D, Propietario at Lua, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Dear client, thanks for taking your time to share your feedback with us. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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Brisbane
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

I had made a reservation to visit Lua well ahead of a trip to Madrid but on the appointed day my wife and I contemplated not going because we were both feeling a little tired. Fortunately, we battled our fatigue and, looking back, I cannot believe how close we came to missing this fabulous experience. The eight course tasting menu was perfection from start to finish - the flavours, the textures, the presentation and the surprises. The service was impeccable and it was a nice touch that the chef came to our table at the conclusion of our meal - he apologised for his poor English but spoke well enough to let us know of his suprise that he had diners from Australia. I only hope that I was able to convey to him how much we enjoyed this meal.

  • Visited September 2013
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Manuel D, Propietario at Lua, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Many thanks for taking a few minutes of your time to share with us your experience. I am delighted to enjoy both dinner. It's a real pleasure to be visited so far. We hope to see you again for Madrid.
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Good food but not great”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

My brother and I came here while visiting Madrid based on good reviews.

First things first, taxi drivers have no problem in locating this restaurant providing that you can given them the address. We had asked for a table upstairs, however it was a Saturday night and busy and therefore we were seated downstairs, which didn't have the same buzz as above, but it wasn't a major issue. On a Saturday night there is no al la carte, it's tasting menu only and so that's what we had. Although we do both speak Spanish and wanted to practice, our understanding isn't perfect and therefore although we did have an idea of what we were eating, we couldn't be wowed by the descriptions and therefore our experiences are based predominantly upon the taste and presentation.

We were given bread from a selection to start and the fruit bread was very good. The oil is flavoured with herbs (tasty) and contains spherified oil also which is very pretty but not so good to eat; avoid trying that! We then worked our way through a selection of 8 small plates and amuse bouches, all of which were good, however none were exceptional and actually, many were very salty. The herring on tomato bread was a triumph, however, would I order it again? Maybe not. The petit fours after the meal for me were actually the highlight - very dark, rich, cold chocolate truffles from the fridge with a melting center; lovely.

The waiting staff were very attentive and do incidentally speak reasonable English (although you will have to be able to read and write Spanish to book a table online) should you not want to try your hand at their language.

All in all, we paid 121euro (not including tip) for two tasting menus with one glass of wine, water and bread. Not a bad price for an enjoyable evening, but certainly not the best food that Madrid has to offer and while I'm sure that it will improve, it's not worthy to sit alongside the big names yet.

  • Visited September 2013
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Manuel D, Propietario at Lua, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
We sincerely apologize that the evening was not a pleasant experience, as we always do our best, to fulfill the requirements of our clients.

We understand that language is a barrier to acknowledge and appreciate the nature of our dishes. Sometimes its elaboration is rather complex and some ingredients are not known to the majority of our audience , nevertheless our ingredients are always exquisite and of superlative quality.

It is quite an unpleasant surprise , that you had some sort of difficulties making the reservation please accept our apologies. Usually we do not have any problem placing customers in the dining room of their choice , as long as there is room and if you made a special request, it was certainly a mistake.

On the other hand , we would like to inform you and the public in general that our website has an English version, explaining the operation of our restaurant, our philosophy , which is based on a tasting menu without Carte (We've got a short carte for Lunch, Monday to Friday) .

We hope to see you again at Lua Restaurant.
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Essex
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent Food”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Returned from a trip to Madrid last weekend and one of the highlights was the meal at Lua.
Whilst located out of the main centre it was worth the effort to get there. We opted for the set 8 course tasting menu with matching wines. Modern style (El Bulli/Heston) with surprise taste sensations. Service was impecable and the place nicely busy though we would have preferred to be on the ground floor, as it appeared to be a better atmosphere there than in the basement where we were seated.
It was expensive but value for money compared to London prices.
Personally I didnt think all the wines were a perfect match (a lighter red with the fish and a different desert wine would have been better for my taste) but that didnt detract from a great gastronomic evening.
Nice touch that the young chef came around the tables at the end of the meal.
Would definately recommend.

  • Visited September 2013
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Manuel D, Propietario at Lua, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear Customer, Thank you for taking your time to share your opinion. Your comments are very important to us. Please, next time don't hesitate to indicate us your preference at the time of booking and we will gladly try to accommodate you.
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