Word of mouth will soon expose this hidden gem which opened in June 2017 in Magaluf. The husband and wife team of Chef David Hidalgo and manager, Fanny Fiolleau, have created a charming and relaxed environment in which to savour a truly exceptional menu.
Fanny, who hails from France but has spent over sixteen years in Spain, is a lover of interior design and relished the opportunity of styling their new restaurant.
At the entrance the terrace offers an inviting scene of shabby chic tables laid with wicker place mats and cute tin pots of assorted flowers. Inside, the vibe is old-school trendy with a warm teal wall contrasting with wooden panels and vintage accessories.
The menu shows the influence of chef David’s upbringing in his native Ecuador as well as his sixteen years cooking in Genova, Italy. You will find ceviche and also the freshest pasta dishes. Everything is homemade from the bread to the desserts.
The crispy shrimp served with Parmesan cheese and toasted corn really impressed us. The batter was delicate, the shrimps plump and the Parmesan cheese had been worked on to remove the fat, leaving it intensely flavoured. We followed it up with the ceviche prepared with three citrus fruits of lemon, lime and orange and the juices from the cooked shrimp heads. There seems to be a ceviche trend at the moment and we were interested to see how it would compare to others we had sampled. With copious fresh onion, avocado and coriander, this Ecuadorian variety certainly made our top three.
Not wanting to miss out on David’s Genovese training, we ordered the Lasañeta served with fresh pesto, made with homegrown basil. The Lasagne is probably not what you would expect since rather than tiers it is made of triangles of fresh pasta. Topped with pine nuts it was simple and absolutely delicious.
Carnivores will surely enjoy the steak. The tender cut of Galician beef was served with creamy béarnaise sauce and seasonal vegetables, which included perfectly cooked potatoes, courgettes, red peppers and cherry tomatoes.
We finished with a luxurious coconut mousse topped with glazed orange and melted chocolate. Fanny then insisted on us trying one of their detox juices, which is another reason to visit Tan a Gustito.
Above the bar a sign reads, ‘Without Love there is no Kitchen’. It sums up the warm vibe of this place, which deserves to do very well indeed.
Why eat here?
For Latin and Mediterranean cuisine with a twist, chic decor and a warm welcome.