Respond to Review of El Estragon Vegetariano
Review: Because I read such great reviews of this restaurant prior to my trip to Madrid, I had great expectations. Sadly, they were crushed. This is one of six restaurants we visited on our trip to Madrid. It was the most difficult to find. Typical Spanish decor of dark wood, red brick, and stucco is partnered with paper table cloths. Decor was nicer than other veg restaurants we went to - a little less dingy. My companion is Filipina and learned from our waitress that everyone but the owner who works at this restaurant is Filipino. The chefs seem to have no grasp of texture or flavour. We each had different items from the Menu del Dia which costs 9.99 Euro. It's good value and filling but the food is not very good. For the main course my companion ordered a "pie" and was given three slabs of a soft tofu loaf - each with a different tasteless sauce. I got spaghetti with a orange tomato-ish sauce made with TVP, it was flavourless. Where are the tomatoes, the herbs, the delicious olive oils of Spain?? No coffee is available. Smoking is allowed - the girl at the table next to us lit up twice before her main course arrived. Yerbabuena is the best vegetarian restaurant we went to in Madrid - by a very, very long shot. Go there instead.