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La musa de Malasaña: The best tapas in the neighborhood

La musa de Malasaña: The best tapas in the neighborhood

La musa de malasaña belongs to LA MUSA group. It is the perfect place to go for tapas, if you´re looking for original tapas that is.

Believe it or not having lived in Spain for several months now, and already having been here before I had never tried tomates verdes fritos. The funny thing is we went here with our parents, they were visiting, and my father said there is an old movie called Tomates verdes fritos, so apparently this is a traditional dish here.

Tacos de ropa vieja en la musa de malasaña en Madrid
Tacos de ropa vieja

The black marble bar in this place, which has a more classic vibe than the rest of the space, is perfect for having a drink. It´s great to go there with friends and sit in one of the high stools or one of the benches that are open to the sidewalk.

Opinion de adorado bar en Madrid
Tomates verdes fritos

I walked in and loved the decor of bycicle wheels and lights the moment I saw it. The place is cassual, but cool enough. Places like this are fascinating, the food is great, there wasn´t anything we ordered that we didn´t like. The menu is all tapas, but not the typicall tapas, this are eclectic tapas. I don´t have a bad thing to say about la Musa. Plus they have an open kitchen from 13 hrs until closing time.

La musa de malasaña, carrilleras con setas y empanadillas japonesas
Carrilleras con setas y empanadillas japonesas

The service is unbeatable, if you don´t know what to order, just ask and they will make great recomendations. My favorite is the Carrilleras con setas, the meat melts in your mouth, and the foam that has on top is glorious. This is definitely a must on the list of good, cute and accesible restaurants in Madrid.

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The summary

  • What we ordered: Tacos de ropa vieja, Empanadillas japonesas, Carrilleras con setas, Tomates verdes fritos, Bomba de patata rellena de carne.
  • Recomended dishes: Carrilleras con setas, Tomates verdes fritos, Bomba de patata rellena de carne.
  • Price: 20€.
  • Web:
  • Reservations: Yes, and tables available in order of arrival.
  • Noise level: Medium.
  • Location: Manuela malasaña 18, 28004 Madrid.
  • Would I come back: Yes.

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