This place feels like a cool, laid-back beach restaurant in Australia. In fact, it’s in the bohemian area of Santa Catalina in Palma. The owners Juanjo and Ronny are keen surfers and it shows in Duke’s décor and ambience. On the walls, posters of VW buses, long boarders and big waves combine with earthy colours and intimate wooden tables. Duke is beach shack chic but it feels like an institution in Palma. In fact, it was one of the first to open in the hipster neighborhood and is a gathering point for a decidedly cool crowd.
While you may come here for the atmosphere, you will return for the food. It is full of interesting flavours with an innovative mix of ingredients and unique combinations, influenced by cuisine from around the world. Ronny Portulidis is the chef and co-owner of Duke.
His Greek roots and love of juxtaposing global flavours are reflected in the eclectic menu. Warm pitta with tzatziki, handmade Greek lamb kebabs, Baja-style fish tacos, and a devotee’s favourite: the crispy duck and raw vegetable salad, will not disappoint.
A must for any surfy spot, they also have a tasty homemade hamburger. Asian influenced wok dishes and fish specialties use sustainable fish and fresh, local produce with fragrant herbs and unusual spices. The menu also has gluten-free options and an extensive ‘plant-based’ menu of vegetarian offerings.
This is a fun place to eat, with a lively atmosphere and very friendly informal staff – expect tattoos and jeans, no bow ties, here. The clientele tend to be young and worldly, so for meeting locals, this is where the sailors, surfers, and even a few yogis might gather for an evening out.
Given its year-round popularity, it’s a good idea to book. Beware: it can be difficult to find the restaurant as the signage is discreet, but it is tucked away just a few steps from the Santa Catalina Market. Duke turns over its tables quite fast so, with lots of bars in the vicinity, sound advice would be eat at Duke and then have an aperitif at Bar Cuba or head to La Llotja for a drink.