East 26 is Lucie’s passion project together with her two partners and construction team, who reformed the building over a four year period to create a Mediterranean lifestyle space for art, décor, food and real estate under one roof.
The restaurant is the cornerstone of East 26, occupying the courtyard in the centre of the building and a large part of the ground floor area.
Peppo (Josef) Mayer is an experienced Viennese restaurateur – who is well-known in his Austrian homeland. “We want to offer our guests a charming crossover of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine,” says the chef.
Peppo and his wife Melanie are delighted with the early success of East 26 having been fully booked most nights throughout the season. Their eatery is fast becoming the meeting point in Santanyí, for both foreigners and locals.
Open all day you can relax over a hearty breakfast, taste local tapas, or try light snacks or the daily-changing lunch menu, as well as coffee and cake served in the afternoon. In the beautiful garden behind the inner courtyard, the Mayers also organize private events on request.
We sampled two starters – the red tuna tartar with avocado and wasabi mayonnaise and the exotic street food marinated raw fish dish Poke Bowie made of tuna and salmon. It’s a specialty from Hawaii which comes in two sizes and I would recommend the small if you have a main course. We shared the fish of the day – sea bass cooked in the Josper grill served over potatoes and artichokes. Leave space for dessert because the apple strudel is perhaps the best on Mallorca.
We love the philosophy of the restaurant: fresh products prepared with love, to be enjoyed in a beautiful environment with friends. Why eat here? To enjoy the relaxed ambience in the Mediterranean style courtyard surrounded by art and décor while savouring fresh flavourful fusion food with attentive service.