The restaurant is owned by the Bangladeshi chef Shahin Awal, who offers a daily changing tasting menu to his diners.
Shahin has an organic produce garden at his home and uses much of what he grows in his Basmati kitchen; his garden bounty includes papaya fruit, herbs, and chilis.
The chef/proprietor is happy to explain unfamiliar dishes to his customers and he and his front-of-house staff are friendly and hospitable, which adds to the experience of eating here.
The décor is romantically exotic, with rose petals on the linen-clad tables and authentic tasteful Indian artefacts creating an ambience to complement the food.
There is no à la carte menu at Basmati but, instead, a four-course tasting menu (including Spanish red wine) which Shahin creates each day.
His careful and expert use of spices results in delicious healthy Indian dishes with recognisable flavours of the ingredients, and everything is made from scratch – with no commercially produced pastes or sauces, and no gluten or cream. A separate tasting menu is offered for vegetarians.
Examples of typical Basmati dishes:
- Peshwari naan
- Atikka masala
Shahin Awal left his native Bangladesh at the age of 16 and moved to Spain in 1991, where he worked in several restaurants and, later, in the catering sector – for a year in Spain and a year in Japan.
Holidaying on Mallorca in 1993, this keen hiker fell in love with the mountains and decided to move here to open his restaurant Basmati. Shahin is known for his warm smile and friendliness, and enjoys looking after his customers.
Basmati is on the edge of the Santa Catalina district and just a few minutes’ walk from the Paseo Mallorca underground public car park.