Wanda Café Optimista is the new place that is raging in Madrid for its innovative style and optimistic and carefree philosophy. Located at the confluence of the Castellana with Maria de Molina, this lovely cafe by the renowned interior designer Parolio (creative director, producer and designer), proposes an alternative Day and Night where you can enjoy an eclectic and international cuisine from 8 am until 3 in the morning non-stop. His philosophy is based on the sum of four concepts: “Eat”, “Refresh”, “Re-charge” and “Power”.
After the recent years, of recession in Madrid, Parolio wanted to design a place that communicates the opposite: projecting vitality, joy, color and a positive outlook on life. The idea is that when you enter Wanda you enter the emotional universe of vacations, summer, Surf and everything positive you feel on these fun days of the year. Inside Wanda it’s always sunny, there is always a good vibe.
To achieve this Parolio chose to develop an eclectic “Look & Feel”, cool and casual using as inspiration tribal elements, pastels and fluorescent colors. For the bar area he used mainly bars of solid wood as a modules, some with the natural wood color and other lacquered in fluorescent pink. To create the main bar covering, wood bars were placed piece by piece, giving the effect of a three-dimensional tribal print. In the dining areas, Parolio worked primarily with wood and defined seating areas with benches and pretty chairs made of natural cane, custom made cuscions and tables with Carrara marble tops. The same wood panels were used as wall coverings and geometric die cuts are backlit. On the walls there are also large illustrations, paper cut by German illustrator Boris Schmitz and a mural composed of fluorescent color blocks and photos give an artistic touch to the space.
The menu is varied, both in dishes and in concept. Mornings begin with their now famous fresh juices such as SUNNY made of beet, carrot and orange or Baby with banana and orange, and cookies Maria and continuing with their pies (suitable for celiacs), wraps, bagels, sandwiches and salads.
A la carte lunch and dinner becomes a huge tour guide that takes us to multiple destinations. Recipes like Chicken Tikka Masala live with others like rabo de toro cannelloni, or Benedictine eggs. Combinations like the Iberian pork teriyaki with others like Mexican ceviche and a rich Hummus and the very recognized Mini Burgers of Iberian carrillera.
For the sweet tooth, they offer a wide selection of cakes and sweets some of them suitable for celiacs as well as other options which highlight it’s a mountain of cookie on chocolate and ice cream.