Party Earth Review Tapas have dominated Madrid’s gastronomic scene since before it became the capital in the sixteenth century, but La Musa has taken that tradition and run with it. Part of a small population of restaurants seeking to reinvent... ... read full review
Calle de Manuela Malasaña, 18
91 448 75 58
M–Th 9am–1am, F 9am–2am, Sa 1pm–2am, Su 1pm–1am
Malasaña / Chueca, Madrid –
Tapas have dominated Madrid’s gastronomic scene since before it became the capital in the sixteenth century, but La Musa has taken that tradition and run with it. Part of a small population of restaurants seeking to reinvent age-old dishes, the venue fuses traditional Spanish tapas with international flavors.
Not surprisingly, the ambiance follows the same form as the food, juxtaposing a rustic wood interior with modern paintings and new-wave furniture. This whimsical environment is enhanced by the enormous pinwheels protruding from the polished white pillars, and by the flower-shaped stained glass lamps mounted on the bar.
The small room behind the main bar, which is a bit more low key in both décor and atmosphere, provides a private spot where conversation is kept to a murmur.
On weekdays, the restaurant packs in trendy, cosmopolitan Spaniards as well as savvy expats looking for an after-work snack, a few glasses of wine, and some engaging conversation, while the weekends at La Musa cater to groups who come to socialize and savor the future of Spanish cuisine.
This is a cool place to experience with a group, especially if you’re tired of the same tapas served at every cervecería. The walls are loaded with flyers and posters of upcoming music and cultural events, so keeping your ears and eyes open may lead to discovering something unique to do later on.
Mostly locals and expats, mid-20s to mid-30s.
The diverse menu includes everything from sushi to Spanish croquetas in curry sauce.
Prix fixe Menu del Día €9/three courses, salads €7, tapas €5–€9.
Any night for tapas.