Mallorca isn’t especially known for its cuisine. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have a rich food culture, but it’s not exactly brimming with Michelin stars. Fine dining is thin on the ground, especially outside of Palma. Restaurants like Santi Taura stick out like a sore thumb as a result – and that’s no bad thing.
The popularity of Santi Taura means that reservations usually need to be made months in advance (especially for a large party like ours). We were gifted ours by a Spanish cousin of one of our party, who had hoped to celebrate his birthday there, but was now unable to get off work. We were charitable enough to take the table off his hands.
The restaurant was eerily quiet when we arrived at 8.30pm, but soon filled up to create a gently buzzing atmosphere, counteracted by lovely and extremely attentive staff (all of whom are multilingual), including our own sommelier.
The tasting menu is created by the eponymous chef and his team and each dish is inspired by traditional Mallorcan ingredients, flavours and landscapes. 24 hours before you arrive, a representative from the restaurant will call to confirm your reservation and to check on any dietary requirements. One of our party was gluten free and the chefs were happy to create for her a GF twist on the tasting menu, which was similar enough to what we were eating so that she didn’t feel like she was missing out.
That was lucky, because the rest of us found it impossible to stop raving about the deliciousness of the food.
We sampled an impossibly creamy cauliflower couscous topped with an almond foam, a fisherman’s stew made with finely shredded pasta, catfish with teriyaki sauce and black pork served with potatoes and asparagus. Dessert was fresh strawberries and lemon cream in a crispy wafer, served with strawberry and mint ice cream.
All that for €37 per person.
They also have an extensive wine list and are more than happy to let you sample a few options until you find the perfect one. Eventually, we settled on a white rioja for €16. That’s less than a bottle of wine at Pizza Express.