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MAD Will Ignite All Five of Your Senses

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Over 5 years ago, partners Ignacio Torras and Chef Luis Roger made their mark on the Houston restaurant scene with the concept, BCN (named after the Barcelona airport code). BCN may be quiet and tucked away in Montrose but their newest concept, MAD (after Madrid) is anything but subtle. The avant-garde concept in River Oaks District will transport you out of Houston and straight into Spain.

With MAD, we hope to continue highlighting the evolution of Spanish culinary experience and spotlight the traditional tapas and paellas which strongly label Spanish cuisine around the world.

Ignacio Torras

The menu highlights the vibrant flavors that Spain represents, from intriguing small plates to ingredient-driven arroz a la leña, also known as paella, as well as whole fish presentations, to handcrafted Spanish cocktails, your taste buds will never be bored. The small plates will keep you guessing as you realize the shiny tomato is actually filled with cheese, the steak tartar is wrapped in edible sheets of the Houston Chronicle and the mini ice-cream cone is disguised Foie Gras. When it is time for larger portions the seafood paella is a must and can serve up to 4 people.

The drink menu is broken down into sections, the most noteworthy being the ‘Gin Revolution’. Including the signature, and insta-worthy, Green Tea Gin & Tonic (Roku Gin infused with Matcha, Ginger and Lime, Bergamot, and Fever Tree Mediterranean) and the Paella Gin & Tonic (Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin, Tomato, Lemon, Egg Whites, smoked paprika, 1724 tonic water, and candied dried shrimp for garnishmen).

Your taste buds won’t be the only sensation on overload, the entire space is an experience of true uniqueness. We know it sounds cliche but the experience you will have at MAD is difficult to put into words. Barcelona-based interior designer Lazaro Rosa-Violán, created a stylish space with so much going on we recommend taking multiple laps to ensure you don’t miss any detail.

Visit MAD Tuesday through Saturday from 5 pm – 11 pm and enjoy the late night menu, Thursday through Saturday from 11 pm – 1 am.


All Photos Courtesy of Julie Soefer

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