Opened in 2014 by Mallorcan born, Michelin-starred chef, Andreu Genestra, Aromata is located in the historic Sa Nostra Cultura Centre in Palma, steps from the Paseo del Born and Avenida Jaume III.
The space itself is a covered 17th century courtyard with very high ceilings that give the restaurant an open and airy feeling. The restaurant features large stone archways, soft sandstone walls, massive columns and an immense vertical wall garden filled with all sorts of green plants. Aromata is known for offering one of the city’s best midday menus, which offers people an opportunity to experience the food without having it be an expensive one.
Andreu Genestra, together with chef Jaume Oriach offer a cuisine inspired by the old bourgeoisie of Palma. Born in Inca, Andreu Genestra who is also part owner of Aromata, is one of Mallorca’s most beloved and well-respected “home-grown” chefs, who has helped establish Mallorca as a leading food destination. Out on the floor, Pau Cendró provides a top level service that keeps with the high standards found in the kitchen. Always fresh, always seasonal, the menu’s shift according to what is in the markets, with an underlying essence of Mallorcan spirit and gastronomic heritage.
With all three of his restaurants, Genestra has helped fuel a back to the land approach to cuisine, with minimal mileage and the freshest ingredients. Here the concept is no different. The popular midday menu, which changes weekly, includes a starter, main and dessert while the evening menus: Aromata or Sentidos, are more elaborate with 5-6 dishes each. While fish and meat are definitely featured, there is an emphasis on vegetables, and an array of spices transform dishes into a Mallorcan-international cuisine that is impossible to define.