At the heart of Porto Cristo Novo, 15teen Cantina & Garden opened in spring 2017 and is just five minutes’ drive from sister eatery Quince in Porto Cristo. Open for dinner only – from 18:00h – 15teen Cantina & Garden has a friendly casual ambience (great for families) in a quiet residential neighbourhood, with ample free street parking.
Owner L Martín Segura created its funky vintage décor. Large windows and hanging plants give the interior an outdoor vibe. One corner (ideal for up to 12 diners) has a mural reflecting 15teen’s spirit, painted by a local graffiti artist. Outdoors, the hedge-bordered garden has a large terrace (shade available), with eclectic mix of tables and seating, and a grassed area.
Like the owner, 15teen’s German chef Alexander Weinhold once worked at Sa Sal restaurant in Porto Cristo. Mariano Sasso – the super-friendly Argentinian manager – is well known from Quince.
After munching through moreish focaccia with tapenade and tomato pesto, we shared several dishes from the à la carte menu’s tapas, starters, and sharing dishes section. Our favourites: the generously filled Vietnamese rolls with ponzu sauce and the tuna tataki. Mashed potato fans should enjoy the classic Peruvian ‘Causa Limaña’ with crispy cuttlefish – proclaimed as good and spicy (and tastier than it looked).
For main-course dishes, we ate a silky burrata with grilled aubergine and tomato and basil purée; spare ribs – marinated in honey, beer, and mustard – yielded tender meat and came with yucca chips, criolla salad (the Latin-American equivalent of Mallorca’s tomato, pepper, and onion ‘trampó’ salad) and banana ketchup. And we simply couldn’t resist that British classic: fish and chips! The light beer batter wasn’t greasy and the good home-made fries came with mojo dip and minty pea purée.
Desserts aren’t shown on the menu but described at the table. Coffee comes with a touch of theatre – and barista Jayson’s excellent knowledge of the drink. He chooses the coffee-making method best suited to your choice of the beans offered. Coffee is sourced from Mallorcan company Arabay. Our coffee was made at the table in a Chemex coffee jug – and served in a wine glass!