The Bürgel family restaurant, 1661 Cuina de Banyalbufar, has featured in every abcMallorca Top 101 Restaurants guide. So when news emerged that the family was also opening a bistro-style eatery in Palma, expectations were high.
It took around six months to renovate totally the corner property in the ‘street of restaurants’, Carrer de la Fábrica, where Amaya opened its doors in February – with Tobias Bürgel at the helm. He initially cooked here, but has since employed an Italian chef – freeing him to oversee the business.
Amaya’s décor has appealing Mallorcan touches, combined with trendy design elements. The ceiling is covered with old ‘persiana’ shutters, in every hue imaginable; the floor is traditionally tiled. Bare exposed-filament vintage-style lightbulbs – the go-to lighting choice for hip urban establishments – are suspended over the tables, for flattering warm light at night. Seating is a mix of wooden chairs and benches (which we found a little uncomfortable), with some tall tables and chairs near the bar. Amaya seats 65 people inside and 60 on the front terrace.
Open for lunch and dinner, Amaya’s New World cuisine is based on fresh local produce. Menus are seasonal à la carte, daily 3-course lunch (with choices) , and 5-course tasting dinner.
We went à la carte, choosing from six starters, six mains and four desserts. A few vegetarian dishes were offered. While deciding, we munched on good home-made focaccia, with aioli and mixed olives, and sipped one of Amaya’s set-to-be-legendary cocktails.
For starters, we tried the vegetable salad of artichoke, wild asparagus, and feta cheese; almond gazpacho with textures of cauliflower and croutons; and sea bass ceviche with a Thai salad. All were fresh-tasting, innovative, flavourful, and inspired some Instagramming.
Our main courses were ravioli with broccoli cream; organic chicken breast with lentils, apple and Dijon sauce, (a little salty for our tastes); monkfish (generous) with pickled cabbage, red and yellow peppers and chorizo powder, and cod with Iberian pork sauce, beetroot, and peas. Like the starters, each dish was well presented and tasty – and had us reaching for cameras again.
We were less enthusiastic about the desserts (we tried them all); although innovative and combining interesting ingredients, we found the portions too large and the presentation lacking the finesse of the excellent savoury dishes.
Wines from Mallorca and the mainland (including organic), with a wide selection of reds, are on the list. We like the separate menu of Spanish wines (including champagne and cava) available by the glass.
Cocktail fans should beat a path here to try the signature concoctions of a barman who previously worked at the cool Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, London. The small list of locally named cocktails includes Deià, Mondragó, and Formentor (a floral mix of vodka, home-made lavender syrup, lemon juice, and maraschino liqueur – served in a tea pot!).
In summary, Amaya is a place to enjoy good food and drinks in a casual ambience. As its sister restaurant did in Banyalbufar, Amaya has raised the bar for eateries in the locality.
Tuesday 19:00 - 23:00 h
Wednesday 19:00 - 23:00 h
Thursday 19:00 - 23:00 h
Friday 19:00 - 23:00 h
Sunday 19:00 - 23:00 h
Note: Open all year.
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