Eating close to water is a must for many visiting Mallorca and 7Fuegos ticks that box – this Argentinian-owned restaurant overlooks the Club Náutico in Santa Ponsa. The Santa Ponsa Marina is idyllic Mediterranean-style dining: spectacular sunsets on the horizon, sparkling turquoise waters, and sailboats anchoring for a good meal. It is where jetsetters and sailors disembark to enjoy the international ambience and warm reception at 7Fuegos.
A lively crowd gathers, sand still between their toes, to eat al fresco on the terrace in the summer or in the light dining room furnished and decorated with a hint of rustic style, including white sand-washed wooden chairs, and terracotta-tiled floors.
7Fuegos offers an à la carte menu for lunch and dinner for 10 months of the year. We went for lunch, sampling a selection of dishes prepared by the chef, Juan Martic.
For starters we tried the scallops (three) with creamy sweet potato, foie gras, and apple and lime air; grilled octopus with garlic oil, Mallorcan baby potato, potato foam and smoked-pepper emulsion; homemade spinach and ham croquettes with a goat’s cheese dip; and a yellow tomato and mango gazpacho with smoked salmon and avocado sour cream.
If you love carne (as the Argentinians do), 7Fuegos is a good choice as its focus is on meats. We tried the 1kg Cebon rib-eye beef for two people, served with chips (in a separate bowl, lined with imitation newspaper) and lettuce hearts, following the delectable grilled sea bass, served with vegetables from the garden served on a bed of olive ‘soil’ with a coconut sauce.
Our lunch ended with white chocolate soup, citrus pie, and a red-fruit ragú.
The wine list has only a few labels from Mallorca (from just two bodegas), with most of the featured wines coming from the Peninsula. A few – including proseccos – are available by the glass.
The service is attentive, the cuisine flavourful and well presented. For a special meal by the water in Santa Ponsa, 7Fuegos is hard to beat.