Santi Taura is a name well-known by Mallorcans interested in gastronomy. The local chef enriches his creative dishes with the “historical memory” of Balearic cuisine, pleasing the traditionalist, as well as the adventurous diner.
Taura has returned to Palma where he originally studied, bringing with him concepts from his popular namesake restaurant and DINS in Lloseta. DINS, the new restaurant, situated on the ground floor of Hotel El Llorenç, is set facing the sea from the historic Jewish quarter of La Calatrava.
Taura’s original DINS, meaning inside in Mallorcan, offered an intimate setting with a tasting menu, which has informed DINS Santi Taura at El Llorenç. Guests can enjoy a tasting menu for lunch each Friday and Saturday, and dinner Wednesday to Saturday, each presented by the beloved Mallorcan chef. Reserve a seat at the bar for this, to see the artist at work.
The bar, extending from the kitchen in the back, has a personal approach, yet with 10 tables throughout the plush modern interior, there are two further seating options for groups and couples who prefer to face each other. At the front, diners will see the impressive ancient trees that frame the floor to ceiling windows of the facade, and nearer the ambience of the kitchen tables are arranged perfectly for louder groups.
As well as the tasting menus, diners can choose from three courses of reinvented Mallorcan classics from ‘DINS a la carte’, offered for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday. To start our a la carte experience, along with Mallorcan wine we were promptly served with starters capturing common Mallorcan flavours and forms, immaculately served on bespoke platters made of wood.
The appetisers included melt-in-the-mouth croquettes and a salty yet satisfying paste of Sobrasada infused with honey squared on a crunchy biscuit. Delicious, light versions of dishes typically made in Mallorcan kitchens followed, the Coca Mallorquina with vegetables and red mullet on a crisp base, and a delicate version of a Trampó, a salad typically served in summer.
Our mains comprised of ‘Fish of the day with capers’ following a recipe that dates back to the 18th century, and ‘Lamb with plums’ a rich dish with origins in the 4th or 5th century, each was served with much appreciated fresh servings of salad and vegetables.
To finish we shared a dessert named ‘Walk through the Sierra Tramuntana’ that captures the playfulness of Taura, with sour and savoury notes of clover, fennel and asparagus… our stroll back past the cathedral in the winter sun was the perfect end to the experience.
Why eat here?
To discover the flavours of Mallorca and enjoy a wonderful walk there and back.
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