Who would have guessed such a great little restaurant could be found in this small street just off the busy Avenida de Joan March? Definitely an insider tip for lunch and dinner, Casa Maruka has 56 covers and is owned by the chef Alberto Serrano, pastry chef, and a silent partner.
The restaurant is tucked away next to the Estació Intermodal, and steps from the bustling Plaça d’Espanya serving as a welcome respite, with several intimate dining areas. Casa Maruka looks onto a pretty terrace (shared by the building’s other occupants, so there’s no al fresco dining) and the setting is cosy and somewhat formal, with fine dining service.
Although the exterior hasn’t changed, the interior has had a welcome makeover since our last visit. The lighting is more subtle, there is attractive new tiled flooring, and cheerful modern art on the walls. The authentic homely ambience, friendly super-attentive service, and high-quality, great-value-for-money Mallorcan cuisine remain.
Chef Alberto Serrano is passionate about creating personalised cuisine and creating a gastronomical education in Mallorcan flavours for customers. Mallorca has become a destination for gourmet lovers, and he is proud of the heritage of his cuisine.
We had a welcome appetiser of gazpacho and pâté from the kitchen. The à la carte menu offers traditional favourites as well as seasonal market cuisine. From the latter we had a juicy scallop topped with pancetta ‘ibérica’ accompanied by an artichoke heart and scattered with brunoise vegetables. From the daily specials, we ate suckling pig, which was tender, slightly pink, and with satisfying crackling. They offer a rice of the day or fish of the day which are also worth a try. The wine list offers a selection from local Mallorcan vineyards.
The unmissable dessert is their renowned made-to-order (it takes 30 minutes) apple tart, served with vanilla ice cream. Great for sharing… or not!