My second foodie love of Madrid. La Musa is not something that you can accidently happen upon, you need to know where it is. Luckily my Madrid local, had been to this place before and enjoyed it so much, it had to be part of the itinerary. And who wouldn’t want to stop off at this cosy, low lit place full of gorgeous Madrid folk.La Musa is in the southern part of Madrid and the good news is that it is near a train station, Metro Bilbao and San Bernardo, and near lots of cafes and bars in an area which I would liken to Fitzrovia. Near enough and far away enough from the flooded restaurant areas with an unfortunate amount of tourist traps. Little cute bars, funky tapas stops and contemporary dining line this little streets. We sat at the bar and this for me was a great draw as out bartender was a fantastic cocktail maker and looked uncannily like Tony Conigliaro. Although his Spanish was limited, he really tried to connect with me as much through my Spanish interpreter. In Madrid, I have found people are always ready to speak to you if you are from a different country as they are very interested in different places and cultures. They especially like to hear about the vibrant of London.
We were able to eat at the bar which I would highly recommend, as you get a great view of the space and if you are seated towards the right, you can see all of the goodies coming out of the kitchen. We opted for two very chilled glasses of Verdejo white wine. How on earth do they get it so chilled. Beer and wine are a delight to drink in Spain, because they are delivered crisp and moreish. For food, we had mushroom croquette which was gorgeous. A definite improvement from one I had at another place which was awful – will fill you in on that another time. Prawn and avocado tempura. Yes! Avocado is able to withstand the heat without melting, but give you a perfect sensation of crispiness of the casing and then creaminess of the avocado. It worked. We also had beef carpaccio with tomato, parmesan and rocket which was served in an interesting way. I was really expecting it to be flat, but it was done like sushi rolls which worked well. Absolutely gorgeous thinly trimmed beef, with cherry tomatoes bursting with flavour.
The setting for your great selection of tapas is a cool funky soundtrack (my shazam didn’t work unfortunately). Three glasses of plentiful Verdejo later, it was time to go home (sadface). But then there was a big smile on my face, as I hatched a plan to come back on my next visit to Madrid. Excelente!
Calle Manuela Malazana 18