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“Superb, but that can change per day, part 2: terrible”
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Olsen
Price range: $43 - $50
Cuisines: Norwegian
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Huertas
Reviewed December 4, 2011

Went back after our great visit (a Friday) 2 days later (a Sunday) and it was ... dramatic.
Only 1 person in the restaurant available to do everything; no attention; forgetting orders; no eye for details; waiting; food at a low level: must be alternating chefs or a sick chef.
So beware: if you have the wrong chef on non-busy days. Amazing the difference.

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Thank marcelbrazil
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

We walked by this restaurant on our last trip to Madrid without going in. Our mistake. The food is an innovative take on Scandinavian cuisine. The signature blinis with fresh corn topped with caviar, hacked wild trout or smoked salmon is terrific. We went back a second night just to have this dish again. All the courses we had over two meals were excellent. Service was friendly and welcoming even though we speak minimal Spanish.

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Thank tomsummers
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

Excellent, excellent, excellent, no words: springrolls with mango-sauce, pumpkin with mascapone, duck in wine-sauce and great desserts: all top embedded in a great mixed scandinavian/madrilenian/lounge-atmosphere; friendly and attentive people: a 10.
But ..., went there 2 days later again, read the specific review please.

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Thank marcelbrazil
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

Went there after a recommendation and was very pleased. The smart style of restaurant created a sophisticated & bit funky ambience for this restaurant. We shared an an entree and then we all (4) had different mains. The duck, venison, & ravioli well all superb. The monkfish not so much to our liking but maybe that was us. 3 shared a dessert plate which could have easily fed the table. The wine list was well priced and a vood ange o choose from. Service was attentive, efficient and friendly. The price was reasonable for this type of restaurant and we thought represented good value. If you want something bit away from the spainish tapas etc for a change then this is worth a visit. Lots of locals there which is usually a good reference. Good bar as well if that's of interest.

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Thank Phil W
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Reviewed April 8, 2011

We went there for a delicious lunch (E. 15.- incl. drink) nearly every sightseeing day, 5 minutes' walk from the Prado, Thyssen B. and very convenient for the old city and Reina Sofia Museum. We went back twice for an evening meal (a la carte E.35.- 40.-) and some pre- and post-prandial very jolly vodka tasting! Our visits were all enjoyable and we always felt we'd got our money's worth. Chef-created dishes, salads and deserts. The place is clean, airy and inviting, service forthcoming and motivated. We're thinking of hiring the downstairs room for a family reunion party in Madrid some time. Try it, they deserve your visit.

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Thank SwitzerlandCertainly
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