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New restaurants in Palma

Palma has positioned itself as one of the very best culinary destinations in Southern Europe, with plenty of new and enticing restaurants. You will find absolute highlights here, in the shape of four Michelin restaurants with one or two stars. And despite these tough times, Mallorca offers several enticing new places to eat. Keep reading for the best restaurants in Palma.

Photo: El Txoko de Martín/Nando Esteva

Basque evening

This summer, the Basque star chef Martín Berasategui opened El Txoko de Martín in the trendy Santa Catalina district of Palma. After more than 40 years in the industry and around a dozen Michelin restaurants on his CV, he has now returned to his roots. Expect to queue at this immensely popular tapas restaurant, where Berasategui tempts diners with ceviche, steak tartare, charcuterie and the freshest fish and shellfish imaginable. We recommend booking a table well in advance to enjoy a Basque evening to remember with a wonderful atmosphere in spacious premises that can seat 200 guests.

El Txoko de Martín

Plaza del Pont, Palma

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Photo: Andana

On the move at Andana

Recent arrival Andana, housed in the beautiful old railway station in the very heart of Palma, has attracted plenty of attention. Maca de Castro, the only female Michelin star chef on Mallorca, awarded to her restaurant in Port de Alcúdia, has migrated from fine dining to more rustic dishes in this historic setting. Watching the chefs work in the open kitchen is quite an experience. There is a strong sense of being on the move, with dinner in a lively train station and guests in constant motion. Everything feels truly local here, with the meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables all sourced from the island. Roasted gem lettuce salad with anchovies and mustard, grilled eggplant with tahini, and lentil paella with prawns, are some of the most popular dishes.

Andana

Plaça d'Espanya, 6, Palma

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A taste of the Middle East

Za’atar Café & Restaurant is the latest addition to the Tast Group, that runs several popular restaurants in Palma. Its flag ship is Tast, a tapas restaurant close to Plaza España. However, now can be the time to explore the patio with its palm trees, tiles, and marble at the Hotel Born to sample the tapas inspired menu with flavors from the Middle East. It is a place that is hard to drag yourself away from. The dishes have elements of hummus, baba ganoush and Moroccan marinade chermoula...

Za’atar Café & Restaurant

Carrer de Sant Jaume, 3, Palma

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Photo: Sant Jaume Boutique Hotel

Traditional with a contemporary twist

The five-star Sant Jaume Boutique Hotel nestles in the heart of Palma’s historic quarter. Two famous chefs, Fernando Arellano and Itziar Rodriguez, have now taken charge of the hotel restaurant, Cantina Panzà. These two chefs are also behind Zaranda, a two-star Michelin restaurant. In this reverently renovated 18th Century building, next door to Santa Magdalena Abbey, they offer traditional Mallorcan dishes with a contemporary twist. Highlights on the menu include slow-braised oxtail, pork cheek and squid stew, plus “salmorejo” – cold tomato soup with tuna tartare. And don’t miss the cool bar, with a brilliant drinks list.

Sant Jaume Boutique Hotel

Sant Jaume, 22, Palma

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The trio behind Vagabundos by Balagan. Photo: Cenneth Sparby

A taste of the world

A culinary journey with tastes from all round the world awaits you at Vagabundos by Balagan in the Santa Catalina district, close to the Hostal Cuba and its classic colonial bar. A Swedish trio, Emilio Redman, Therese Lindgren and Cissi Lindahl, serve tapas in a very different guise. And that is the thinking behind Vagabundos – to create a feeling of being a world traveler in the culinary sense. A little bit of Asia, the Middle East, Mediterranean, Central Europe and Latin America. You can sample dumplings, falafel, tacos, tataki, tofu – and a beetroot carpaccio that genuinely leaves you wanting more. They also offer a very reasonably priced taster menu plus a strictly Mallorcan wine list.

Vagabundos by Balagan

Carrer de Sant Magí 9, Palma

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Photo: DINs

New star restaurant

The latest addition to the list of Michelin star restaurants in Palma is DINs Santi Taura in El Llorenç, a relatively newly opened designer hotel by Parc de la Mar, next to the cathedral. Head Chef Santi Taura was awarded one star last spring and serves sophisticated cuisine in a sober setting. You can eat at the bar counter overlooking the open kitchen and watch Taura and his brigade prepare the dishes. Or alternatively, choose a more intimate table in the restaurant itself. The eleven-course taster menu is not a rushed meal, to say the least. If you prefer to choose your own dishes, you should head to the adjacent Dins El Llorenç. The à la carte menu features Tauru’s signature dishes such as shoulder of lamb, sea bass in a red wine sauce, and roast suckling pig. Incidentally, Swedish designer Magnus Ehrland is behind the hotel design.

DINs Santi Taura

Plaça de Llorenç Villalonga, 4, Palma

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Helle Alexandersen runs this loved restaurant together with Claudio Bernaschi. Photo: Cenneth Sparby

Don’t miss Luna 36 in Sollér

Sollér in the northwest of the island is well worth a visit with several wonderful places to eat. You can take the train there from Palma. Luna 36 is located in a former chocolate factory in the middle of the town. Helle Alexandersen, originally from Denmark, runs this much loved restaurant together with Claudio Bernaschi from Argentina. Here, you will find a big portion of Danish hygge in this cozy restaurant. You can also eat in the leafy courtyard on warm evenings. The ingredients are sourced from the fertile Sollér valley and Port de Sollér, a few kilometers away. The ceviche with lemons from the valley and seared scallops in a fennel crème are two musts, together with their delicious truffle pasta.

Luna 36

Carrer de sa Lluna, 36, Sollér

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