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Arola Madrid, Madrid

43 Calle Argumosa
Tel: 34 91 467 0202's insider take:

The restaurant in the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid's most avant-garde museum, is everything you'd expect. A shimmering red ceiling ripples and then soars skyward, giving the place a bizarre sense of sci-fi motion. On Wednesday through Sunday, the place is not limited by the opening hours of the museum and doubles as a lounge and dance club, DJ included. The kitchen is equally avant-garde, the brainchild of Sergi Arola (the Adrià protégé of two-Michelin-star La Broche fame). Needless to say, these aren't your Spanish grandfather's tapas. Don't be squeamish about eating raw pork: a carpaccio of solomillo de cerdo ibérico (loin of acorn-fed black pigs) is spot-on.

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