The 49 Steps restaurant – it’s only 49 steps up to the roof terrace which offers a great view of Palma’s marina – is located only a few hundred metres from the city’s cathedral, on the marina’s big jetty. Sitting on the terrace and relaxing with a snack or drink is quite a highlight in itself yet things are even better on the ground floor as this is where guests can sample the finest Mediterranean cuisine. In the summer, in particular, it is a joy to sit in the shade on the open, green terrace with a gentle sea breeze to cool you down and watch the chefs prepare your dishes in the large, open show kitchen.
As aperitif we choose an alcohol-free passion fruit-mojito cocktail which, with its slight bitterness, fresh mint and dash of mineral water, is perfect for the summer and whets our appetite.
For starters, we go for the tuna tartare with a slightly tart ginger sauce and sesame. The sauce is well seasoned and only briefly conceals the taste of the tuna. Then, however, the exquisite fish gradually unfolds its full flavour as it’s been sliced into large cubes and is of an excellent quality – a great combination.
As second starter we choose an artichoke dish which at first appears quite simple but is really rather delicious thanks to its intense flavour. The artichokes have been preserved and are then briefly grilled (the preparation is similar to duck confit). In combination with the high-quality olive oil, ham and walnuts, it’s a light summer starter and a must for artichoke lovers (also available as a vegetarian option!)
Our main course, the red dragon fish, looks up at us almost menacingly with an open mouth. It’s not only presented really impressively but also has a delicious tender taste due to it being fried whole and without any flour. The dish can be ordered for only two people and is, at that price, quite a bargain and more than worth it.
Just as you think things couldn’t get any better, a very special cut of beef is served. The Chuletón from Finland which won 1st place in the World Steak Challenge, ages for 60 days and is distinguished by its unusual taste which gives the steak that extra something: tender and full-bodied – ‘umami’ springs to mind.
For dessert, we try the 8-layered chocolate gateaux and an American cheesecake with fresh strawberries. Both were delicious and are also good for sharing thanks to the generous portions.
The Galician owners place importance on using only the best fish and meat which is noticeable from the first bite. Restaurant manager Susanne Wibbecke ensured her team had the best training and the service is friendly and forthcoming. The restaurant offers exceptional value for money and this in one of the best locations in Palma.
Why eat here?
Top quality meat and fish with a marvellous view of the yachts in Palma’s marina.