Fera brings an exciting new dining experience to the centre of Palma. For those familiar with its previous identity as Henry’s, the transformation will blow you way. Styled by interior designer Sheela Levy, Fera’s new owner with her husband Ivan Levy, she incorporates the philosophies of feng shui to a space which merges sensuous design and striking contemporary art.
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A visit here is to discover the inventiveness of Austrian chef, Simon Petutschnig. Specialising in Asian-Mediterranean fusion, he was key to the success of The Kitchen, the go-to place for lunch in Palma.
During the day, you can taste his creations in the set lunch menu, and in the evening there are three special tasting menus, including a vegetarian option. In addition, tapas, cocktails and an a la carte menu ensures there’s something for everyone.
We ate in the intimate Library room, decorated with monochromatic vases and the soothing lighting of one of the shell chandeliers from Bali. Our waiter, Johan, took pride in introducing each dish beginning with our lunch menu starters. The juicy Tomato Carpaccio with avocado, balsamic chives and Tuna was refreshing; the Flambé Salmon with avocado, salmon Roe and kimchi mayonnaise exquisitely presented and well-balanced in flavour.
From the tasting menu, we were treated to the Nori Seaweed with Wagyu veal and black truffle from Mallorca, which was served in a bowl of miniature logs and sprigs of rosemary. Lovers of beef tartar will appreciate this picturesque dish. Among our favourites from this menu was the delicious Smoked Duck Dumplings with pear, ginger and foie. Your senses come alive as the waiter lifts the lid, releasing that irresistible oak-smoked aroma.
For our lunch menu mains we had the Sea Bass with textured artichoke, basil gnocchi and Yuzu hollandaise. The composition shows a desire to engage the diner fully, playing with ingredients and creating visually pleasing and appetising dishes. We also had the succulent Five spice Duck with apple puree and pear chutney.
A zesty Yuzu sorbet with Fuji apple and sake foam preceded the desserts to cleanse our palates. This was followed by the Textured Chocolate with kumquat jam, orange and turron ice-cream and the Vanilla Pannacotta with cake and frozen raspberry cream yoghurt. Both puddings were beautiful and delicate.
Featuring photography, sculpture and large-scale installations, Fera invites diners to savour fine cuisine while ensconced in creativity. The venue is on the ground floor of the Mallorcan Circle, the island’s oldest and most prestigious social club, and despite its new contemporary look, its glamorous history is still palpable.
Why eat here?
For innovative Asian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine and the stylish, contemporary decor.
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