This conveniently located establishment on the corner of Palma’s Plaça del Mercat and C/Unió was once home to a garish pink-painted fast-food joint. Thankfully it was replaced by Tirso: a buzzy restaurant and tapas bar attracting locals and tourists who want good Mediterranean food made from fresh produce, in an informal and contemporary setting.
English, Spanish, German
You can eat alfresco at the front pavement terrace tables but, indoors, you feel the lively ambience and can watch the chefs in the open kitchen. The industrial chic décor – exposed pipes, wall tiles, blackboards, etc – wouldn’t look out of place in New York or London.
Seating on the ground floor is high stools at tall tables or at the counter – for a better view of the action – but if you prefer conventional tables and chairs, head upstairs.
As well as the tapas and pintxos on offer, Tirso has a weekly three-course lunch menu (a choice of two dishes for each course) that’s super value at 13,90€, including water or a glass of wine. The à la carte menu is also interesting, with section headings including ‘Childhood memories’, ‘Let’s go fishing’, and ‘From the field to the table’. We shared a few dishes from both the weekly set and the à la carte menus – starting with delicious strawberry gazpacho with goat’s cheese, anchovy, and croutons (a starter from the set menu).
À la carte dishes we tried included a delicious octopus, combined with pork belly, blood orange, home-made kimchi, and a little crunchy potato (11,90€); roasted tuna on tomato, with pink pepper, port wine reduction, and wasabi sesame (12,90€), and excellent tender scallops, served with sea fennel, ‘camaiot’ from Sineu, sea fennel and caramelized apple (16,50€). The sea bass (22,50€) and roasted pig (21,90€) were both good portions and the pork had good crackling.
We ended our lunch with cheesecake (a proper baked one!) from the set menu and chef’s take on traditional Spanish ‘torrija’ (all à la carte desserts are 5,50€).
The creativity and presentation of the food (on different types of slate and marble dishes) reflect chef/co-owner Carlos Abad Landeras’s experience in Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe – including London’s The Greenhouse.
Service was attentive and friendly, and the wines – mainly Spanish and Mallorcan – seem sensibly priced. Tirso is a welcome addition to Palma’s gastronomic scene.
We love… the great-value lunch menu.
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