Asiana Restaurant - Madrid

Old Apr 24th, 2008, 07:48 AM
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Asiana Restaurant - Madrid

Has anyone been here? I heard great things and was able to secure one of the 7 tables at Jaime Renedo's restaurant in his mothers antique shop.
Just wondering if anyone knows what is in store for me there?

Also, does anyone know if it has a Michelin Star? I can't seem to find a good online resource to list all the Michelin locations in Madrid (or Spain for that matter).
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Old Apr 24th, 2008, 10:43 AM
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Sorry, heeney, I haven't dined there, but I can tell you that it doesn't have a Michelin star-it's not even listed in the '08 Michelin.

The Madrid Michelin stars are:

2**
La Broche-now closed, chef Sergi Arola has opened another restaurant, "Arola Gastro&quot

Santceloni

1*
El Chaflán
El Club Allard
La Terraza del Casino
Zalacaín
Zaranda

You can find all the Michelin stars at www.viamichelin.com
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Old Apr 24th, 2008, 11:11 AM
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Thanks Maribel.
I was pretty sure it didn't. I only heard about it because it got 3 stars and a "find" in the new Frommers '08 edition. I also read it got a "Best New European Restaurant" nod in a recent Travel & Leasure edition.
I can't seem to get the viamichelin.com page to work for me. I only seem able to view the US ratings. I'll give it another try.

Let me ask you: have you ever eaten at the "Arola-Madrid" at the Reina Sofia? What does lunch usually cost there? Is there a set menu?
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Old Apr 24th, 2008, 11:16 AM
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Hi heeney,

a very good friend of mine has eaten there a couple of times. She liked it, but she couldnīt really choose one dish of the long list you are served.

You can wander through the shop between dishes. Itīs really interesting and I have bought some very pretty jewellery made by an afghan designer there.

If you can read spanish, this is a good description of the place :
http://www.elmundo.es/metropoli/2005...121983234.html

I like the shop a lot. They always have interesting things and I have been able to find good presents. But thatīs easy given the area. Plenty of nice shops around.

I seem to remember that Jaime Renedo moved last summer to Midnight Rose, the restaurant at the Melia Me Santa Ana, and I donīt know of anybody who have had dinner afterwards there, so I cannot tell you for sure.

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Old Apr 24th, 2008, 11:26 AM
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Yes, I have, but "Arola-Madrid" is now longer in Sergi Arola's hands. That space is now simply the cafeteria of the Reina Sofía.

Yes, and as cova says, Renedo did move to Midnight Rose at the ME. We've eaten there and liked it.

Of the Michelin stars I posted above, the two best values, IMO, are El Club Allard (very romantic-love this place) and Zaranda (but less of a value now that it's moved to its swankier location on Eduardo Dato in Chamberí-his 2nd in command took over the former space which is still a very good value-now called Zorzal).
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Old Apr 24th, 2008, 11:31 AM
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Hi Cova,

Thanks for the info. I thought it sounded interesting. And the fact it is so exclusive seemed interesting. I can read Spainish a little so I'll view that link.
I also heard about Renedo going to Midnight Rose. But I think I read that he actually runs both places at the same time. When I made the reservation at Asiana I actually talked to his friend and sommelier "Hiroshi." So I suspect that those two are still running the place...

...at least I hope so.

Thanks!
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Old Apr 24th, 2008, 11:32 AM
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Hmmm...I just read Maribel's post too. I'm hoping that what I read was correct and that Renedo is running BOTH Midnight Rose and Asiana.
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Maribel,

Do you know if Renedo is still running Asiana at his mothers shop (as well as Midnight Rose).
Or is he no longer at Asiana?
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Michelin assessents are absurd. They are so francocentric as to be useless. They started one in NYC a few years ago, and one would think that only the French matters.

The French had a saying, I do not know if it still said, "Africa starts below the Pyrennes."

I do however, trust their Green Guides, as they are well researched and seem to be free of the same bias.
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From reports I've read, he does both.

Apparently he has a new project too-a casual restaurant/lounge with sushi bar, "Next Door", which he plans to open in a modern art gallery, so I read in the papers.
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