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.
15teen Cantina & Garden
English, German & Spanish
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.
We sat beneath a huge ficus tree, enjoying the unobtrusive keyboard music (there’s live music on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings).
Like the owner, 15teen’s 37-year-old 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.
As at Quince, the food has influences from around the globe. It’s freshly prepared to order and when the place is very busy – as it was on the August Tuesday we visited – you may have to wait some time for your food.
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!
15teen may not have Quince’s waterside views, but walk down the flight of steps on the opposite side of the road and you can end your evening out strolling on pretty Cala Anguila beach…