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“Excellent Food with mediocre service” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Club Allard

El Club Allard
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Ranked #36 of 10,434 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, International, Contemporary, Fusion
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Arguelles
Frankfurt, Germany
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459 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
“Excellent Food with mediocre service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

.....is offered in this two star etablissement. Very nice interior with excellent food. They offer three different surprise menus (85, 98, 115 Euros) and they ask you if you have food allergies or some food you wouldn't like. You will get a print out of the menu at the end of the evening - not before so ! The wine list is dominated -for obvious reasons- by spanish wines but they have decent french, italian, new world as well - and it is very reasonable priced ! The food was sometimes surprising but always prefect quality and very delicious. Unfortunately I have to cut off one star because of the service, which was lacking real passion. Not really unfriendly but the waiter was bored and rushed us through the menu. He made the dinner a little bit unpleasant !

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful & Entertaining Meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

Went there with my partner while we were in Madrid, the restaurant it self is quite small and was well designed the restaurant have 3 different type of degustation menu with different pricing and we both had the seduction menu. Overall the texture, technique & taste of all the dishes was amazing. We had a waiter who was very attentive and yet not so formal in interaction, towards the end of the meal the head chef comes out and greets all the guests. Will definitely come here again on our next visit to Madrid.

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Madrid, Spain
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“Great meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

I went there for a lunch with a couple of friends. We ordered Menu rendezvous (86 euros) which consists of Txangurro de cáscara bland (soft chell crab), 2 snacks (game truffle with foie and mushrooms, Pea's ravioli with iberique dewlap), 2 starters (cold cherry soup with herring caviar, egg with bread served over a light potato cream sauce), 1 fish dish (skrey with rhubarb chutney and spring onion), 1 meat dish (confit suckling pig with echelon onion compote), 1 dessert appetizer (hibicus flower with pisco sour), 2 desserts (the fishbowl, chocolate rocks) then we had a coffee and petit fours which is called the black board.

I, personally, think it was a great meal but not all of the dishes have wowed me. Only the game truffle, the egg and the fishbowl (which are mainly white chocolate mousse) are really impressive. The rest, however, are great, well-cooked and interesting but the taste reached the michelin level but not wow.

The blackboard which are mash mellows, jelly and crackers with ginger flavours are not that good for my taste. The chocolate rocks (chocolate with mint dessert) has too strong chocolate flavour. However, the good point of the desserts here is that they are not TOO sweet nor a sugar bomb.

The service was correct and proper. The waiters spoke good english and kindly explained us everything. The drinks were't included and since two of us don't drink, we decided to go for water. (5.5 euros/bottle).

Overall it was great meal with great deal. The decoration was interesting but the taste are good even though not a wow. (Maybe I expected too much after seeing it as number 1 of trip advisor in Madrid).

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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“Interesting menu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

The degustation menus are a great value given the number of dishes and the amount of food. I prefer simpler food but wanted to give this place a try because it was so highly rated. This is not to say the food wasn't delicious, it is a good place to try if you like this type of cuisine. Only downside was the courses seemed a bit rushed, there was not much of a break between each. Perhaps this was because there were so many that they has to serve quickly to get people out within a reasonable duration. The sommelier recommended very good wines.

Visited July 2014
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“Top 2-3 meal of lifetime”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

First time in Madrid, and have tried a handful of top price-fixe restaurants in U.S. and San Sebastian, and El Club Allard is hands down the top (or one of the top) dining experience I've had. The reasons I rate the dinner so highly are:

1) Exceptional level of food for each course - Even at some of the best comparable restaurants, there will always be 1-2 courses that fall short. At El Club Allard every single course was fantastic.
2) Service - Great flow of food in terms of timing and staff, great atmosphere as well.

No negatives really, the wine pairings were good, I've probably had a few better in terms of my own personal wine preferences, but that is really subjective as I tend to prefer red wines and because this was a seafood heavy meal most wines were white. But they were all good.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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