Mediterranean cuisine is… light, fresh, healthy, sometimes simple yet with its very own distinct flavour. There are many restaurants which try to achieve this and the Bistro Badia has succeeded in this brilliantly. The Badia, in the Hotel Carrossa Spa Villas, is the perfect choice for a summer lunch or dinner.
Head chef Ramón Garcia from Granada has already successfully worked with the hotel director Giuseppe Moscovio in the Park Hyatt and the good cooperation between the two is also reflected in the cuisine of the Carrossa Spa Villas.
On first glance, the menu appears quite standard – with the familiar tapas and tomato salad as starters and entrecôte, burgers or fish of the day as main course, it seems almost a little simple for a 5-star hotel of this standard.
However, as soon as you take your first bite, you will be convinced otherwise. The classic dishes are excellently prepared using only high quality, fresh ingredients, local, if possible, and soon even from the hotel’s own 340-hectare grounds. Almost every dish surprises with its own distinct nuance and aroma which gives it something very special indeed.
The simple summery preparation is particularly noticeable in the starters and the black plates form a striking contrast to the colourfully arranged dishes.
The textures are varied – occasionally, crunchy fresh, as is the case with the tomato salad with six tomato varieties, sometimes soft and crispy, like the lobster ceviche with sweet potato crisps, and sometimes buttery melt-in-the-mouth like with our preferred delicious starter, the mozzarella with roast avocado and basil enhanced with an intensive mango creme.
The main courses – corvina with potato puree, entrecôte with rosemary potatoes and pasta with salmon in a cream and lime sauce – again reinforces the bistro’s philosophy of serving simple yet perfectly prepared compositions. We were particularly impressed with the Mallorcan fish, the corvina – with a firm bite yet still tender and a mild and varied aroma. We did feel that some dishes were lacking a little salt, particularly the entrecôte, although this does, on the other hand, go with the very healthy fresh ingredients. Our meal finished with a divine ice-cream dessert by the patisserie chef, Irene, who made one of the best vanilla ices we have ever tried using only very little sugar and a little salt.
In the Bistro Badia diners can also enjoy far-reaching views of Artà and Capdepera and the coast by Colonia Sant Pere. Beneath the spacious bistro terrace, guests can sunbathe on Balinese beds or swim in the large pool. And, even though the terrace slowly started to fill up after our arrival, you don’t feel in the least disturbed by others here. The feeling of relaxation and expanse accompanied by the very friendly and attentive service – it was hard to come across an employee who didn’t smile – ensured that most guests here, like ourselves, spent longer than one and a half hours for their lunch or dinner.
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