About Casa Alvaro
This restaurant in a tiny side street near Sóller’s main square, Plaça Constitució, is worth seeking out if you enjoy authentic Spanish food and wine. Named after its chef/patron, Casa Alvaro opened in March 2013 and quickly became popular among locals and visitors.
Alvaro Monter is from Barcelona but was in the UK when he came over to visit a friend on Mallorca. His search of the island for suitable restaurant premises ended at this old house in Sóller – which has become the home of high-quality food that receives enthusiastic comments on restaurant review sites.
The fairly minimal interior décor has one wall dominated by a huge blackboard menu, high tables, and a style that wouldn’t be out of place in Alvaro’s home city. A small alfresco terrace is available.
Menu & Service
Casa Alvaro is open every day for lunch and dinner. Alvaro uses local food to create his dishes, which include choices for vegetarians. Tapas, paella, and fideuas (similar to paella but made with noodles instead of rice) are particular specialities; the ‘patatas bravas’ – spicy potatoes – have been particularly praised.
Dishes are shown on the menu in differently titled sections, including Supplies of Croquettes, Volume of Vegetables, % of Potatoes, Paellas, and Fideuas.
The following are some example dishes: Oxtail croquettes, Escalibada, Spanish Omelette, Spicy Potatoes, Garlic prawns, Flank steak with hummus, Rabbit with garlic, Chorizo in red wine, Suckling pig (to be ordered a day in advance).
Service is friendly and what you’d expect from an establishment owned by the chef. Alvaro has a good sense of humour: on his website, customers are informed they can settle their bill with cash, by credit card … or by washing the dishes!
About the chef
Barcelona-born Alvaro Monter spent ten years of his professional life working in Mexico, learning about the gastronomic culture there and establishing two restaurants. He returned to Spain and worked in various restaurants in Madrid, then travelled to Barcelona and Palma, then to Brighton in the UK, where he was contracted to establish a restaurant kitchen. He continued to work in the UK, where he had intended to start his own restaurant Casa Alvaro, but conditions were not ideal and, finally, he found the premises he wanted in Sóller, Mallorca.