DASSA-BASSA does anybody have any experience with it?
Just got back from a trip to Spain, which included an evening at Dassa Bassa, where we ordered the 5-course Dassa (as opposed to the 7-course Bassa) menu.
I can neither rant nor rave about our experience. Put it like this: it is to the world of Adria-school cooking what H&M is to the world of fashion.
Very pleasing to the eye, stylistically of-the-moment, but at the end of the day, definitely a knock-off. Although all the dishes were absolutely beautiful to look at, they ranged in taste from pretty good (pressed cochinillo) to bland and odd (translucent, room-temperature saffron soup slime).
For this style of cooking, the prices are quite reasonable, with their largest, 7-course menu costing 70 euros before VAT.
For the most part, we found the service helpful and attentive, especially for Madrid. Before suggesting specific wines, our waiter took a moment to double-check our food order for appropriate pairing. And Dario Barrio made a specific effort to drop by each of the tables and say hi.
I probably wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone who has already had some dining experiences with the whole food science/molecular gastronomy thing. But for the uninitiated or those looking for a good value for this style of cooking, it's not a bad bet.
I went recently. It is not worth going at all. Service is awful: 1 hour to get hour first bite of food, no drinks...
I invited a friend for a celebration and it was really embarrasing.
Foodwise we found it very disappointing: overcooked food, tones of garlic...
Very pretentious looking food, with very low cooking quality.
I hope it helps people not to repeat my mistakes.
There are much better places in Madrid like Goizeko Wellington for example.