When it comes to trendy, Madrid is tops, especially for dining. Conceptually creative restaurants present innovative food that draws hordes of hipsters who make for great people watching. If you’re someone who lives to see and be seen, then these are the Madrid restaurants that you must not miss.
Boasting not only a menu by famed chef Ferran Adria but a stunning contemporary dining room in a sumptuous historic building, La Terraza Restaurant in the Casino de Madrid is the city’s top destination for foodies and scenesters alike. The clientele is dressed to impress and ready to feast on inventive cuisine that marries traditional tastes with modernist gastronomy techniques. Cooking meets science in dishes like lobster gazpacho with basil aroma, gorgonzola shell with celery, apple and salted nut praline or cocoa ravioli with tea frozen powder. Pricey but worth it!
Juana la Loca is where the trendy do tapas. From standbys like the tortilla Espanola to unique creations like a miniature serving of ostrich, plum and crispy bacon, the quality and selection of food is extraordinary considering the crush of customers. There are plenty of delicious wines by the glass, the crowd is attractive and lively and the ambiance is a mix of old school fittings like a zinc bar.
Laydown as the name suggests is a restaurant where you actually lie down in a bed to dine. No tables with tablecloths but mattresses with flowing white sheets instead. Mood lighting and theatrical acts compliment the fine international cuisine ranging from Spanish to Italian to Asian fusion. A vibrant crowd makes the concept extra cool especially after dinner when DJs take over and everyone climbs out of bed to dance.
At Nodo, celebrities and fashionistas favor the Japanese Mediterranean mash-up cuisine. The décor is spare and minimalist, all the better to showcase the food and the crowd, which is neither. Creative sushi and sashimi items as well as unique specialties like beef carpaccio with foie gras and coriander coulis are certain to tempt the palate.
Trend meets tradition at Casa Lucio, one the Madrid’s most popular restaurants and a favorite of A-listers from Spanish Royals to Penelope Cruz. Featuring a classic Castillian menu and rustic décor like hams hanging from the rafters waiting to cure, the restaurant has an ironic hipness that attracts a cool crowd who dig into house specials from grilled meats to the famed huevos estrellados, a peasant dish of broken egg yolks and potatoes.
So don your fanciest duds to rub shoulders with the Madrid in-crowd while dining on delicacies that push the envelope in terms of creativity and quality. Your table is waiting and that might be Penelope or Queen Sophia sitting right next to you.