Take one urban hotel restaurant and add a renowned chef, from an out-of-town establishment, to create a special menu for your diners one night each week. It’s been a successful recipe for Opio Restaurant and Bar at Puro Hotel in Palma’s La Lonja, which, every Thursday this summer, has been serving a monthly-changing 14-dish tasting menu, under the banner of ‘Casual Food by Tomeu Caldentey’.
English, Spanish & German
In 2004, the unassuming Caldentey became the first Mallorcan chef creating Michelin-starred cuisine; his east coast restaurant Es Molí d’en Bou is still in the famous red book. His menus for Opio don’t feature the Michelin-starred dishes served in his elegant restaurant in Sa Coma but are designed to complement the relaxed, informal setting of the stylish urban hotel, whilst showcasing his creativity with everyday Mallorcan and Mediterranean ingredients.
‘Casual Food by Tomeu Caldentey’ isn’t the only reason to come to this corner of La Lonja. The Swedish-owned Puro Hotel is a handsome restored 18th century ‘palacio’ with a light, cool and contemporary interior that’s also very comfortable and relaxing. You don’t have to be staying in one of the 51 rooms and suites (11 of which are in the exclusive Puro Private Wing on the opposite side of the lane) to eat or drink here. Opio Restaurant and Bar has become something of a hotspot for a stylish clientele of mainly Scandinavian, German, and British island residents and visitors.
We tried Tomeu Caldentey’s tasting menu. In the intimate 50-cover restaurant, we sat on comfortable upholstered chairs, sipping a complimentary glass of cava, nibbling seasoned almonds, bread and ‘alioli’, and admiring the contemporary art. Ihlam Routi, from Es Molí d’en Bou, was working front-of-house, with the Opio serving team; her Sa Coma colleague Catalina Tous, was in the Puro kitchen.
The tasting menu’s 14 dishes come to the table in four instalments. First: five different bite-sized treats, under the Spanish heading of ‘los snacks’ (menu available in English or Spanish); these included three different ‘bombones’ – the herb-coated cheese one being a personal favourite. There was a tasty morsel of pressed chicken with garlic, and what looked like tiny chocolate muffins, but were made from black olives, apple and ‘sobrassada’.
Next to the table were three dishes billed as ‘montaditos, latas y potitos’. An open oval tin – like those used for canned fish – contained sweet cherry tomatoes stuffed with fresh cheese, served on crushed tomato. Delicious – as were the cold filo aubergine pizza with salmon and pesto, and the paper cornet holding delicious hot chicken goujons, served with sweet and sour sauce.
Fish and meat were the stars of the next three hot dishes, shown as ‘tapitas y platillos’. There was a fish cannelloni dressed with a generous amount of tasty herb-laden sauce, served on a white oval plate; a small squid served with potato parmentier with vanilla – which looked like a piece of art on its rectangular dish – and a delicious piece of perfectly cooked suckling pig, served with prickly pear. The latter made me resolve to use the prickly pears in our garden that would normally fall and rot on the ground.
‘Algo dulce’ signalled the beginning of the end of Tomeu Caldentey’s tasting menu: goat’s milk French toast with cheese and iced fruits; chopped apricots served in a glass of rich chocolate sauce, and a foam of coconut rice pudding with pineapple. All good.
There’s a choice of wines from across Europe and the New World, as well as quality Mallorcan producers such as Binigrau and Castell Miquel. We tried the Puro White 2010, from the Spanish DO Yecla, made from Macabeo and Chardonnay grapes – a good house wine.
You’ll certainly need to reserve a table. In any event, the successful relationship between Puro Hotel and Caldentey will continue, and we look forward to seeing – and tasting – what this collaboration cooks up in the future. It’s likely to involve Puro Private Wing’s state-of-the-art showcooking kitchen . . .
More about Puro Hotel
A cool, urban oasis in the heart of La Lonja, Puro Hotel is a great location to explore the city and the local nightlife. Offering a spa, restaurant and bar. […] Puro Hotel in Palma de Mallorca
In the heart of La Lonja in Palma, Puro Urban Oasis is a boutique hotel, chic and cosmopolitan, offering a trendy bar, modern restaurant and comfortable spa and meeting rooms. Book now! […] Puro Hotel & Spa
More about Es Molí den Bou Restaurant
In 2004 chef/patron Tomeu Caldentey became the island’s first Mallorcan chef to gain a Michelin star. Here we review his restaurant’s Bou Concept menu. […] Restaurant Bou, Sa Coma
More about Palma de Mallorca
The capital of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands, Palma is the pearl of the Mediterranean. Discover why it’s been named the world’s best city to live in. […] Palma de Mallorca
La Lonja in Palma de Mallorca is famous for its lively nightlife – full of restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs. Here is your complete guide to La Lonja. […] La Lonja Palma de Mallorca
Boutique hotels, luxury self-contained apartments, or urban retreats with spa and sea views in Palma de Mallorca. Here is your guide to the best hotels in the capital. […] Best Hotels in Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is a beautiful city to explore and get to know better with lots to do and see. Here is abcMallorca’s insider’s guide to what to do and see in the capital. […] Best things to do & see in Palma de Mallorca
A visit to Palma de Mallorca is a ‘must’ and what could be more fun than browsing in the local shops for unique products. Here is your shopping guide to Palma. […] Shopping in Palma de Mallorca
Your guide to the best restaurants in Palma de Mallorca for 2016, including new openings, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and a variety of cuisines. […] Best Restaurants in Palma de Mallorca
We present you with a credible list of the best restaurants on Mallorca in 2015 – providing a good mix of recommendations to suit all budgets, tastes, styles, and locations. Read Now! […] abcMallorca 101 Top Restaurant Guide 2015
The 101 Best Restaurants of Mallorca 2016
You can now read the new abcMallorca 101 best restaurants guide for 2016 online.
Whatever your budget, taste, style or location, we have a superb option for you in our thoroughly-researched list of the best restaurants on Mallorca in 2016. Read Now! […] 101 Top Restaurant Guide 2016
See the full listing of the Best Restaurants on Mallorca.
We hope you found this restaurant review of Opio Bar & Restaurant Puro Hotel useful and that you have many memorable meals as a result of our recommendations.
There are always new restaurants opening and unfortunately others closing down so while we do our best to maintain this information up-to-date it can change without notice – if so please advise us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bon Profit as the locals say!!