The first impression on entering the restaurant dining room is of being encircled by plant life, thanks to the fabulous foliage-print wallpaper lining its interiors. The decorative theme of vegetation continues, both in the form of living flora, and playful cascades of artificial greenery interspersed with tropical birds. Tufted banquettes, grey marble tables, and burnt orange velvet chairs stand on a floor of teak-toned herringbone, cultivating a smart-yet-comfy vibe. Cheerful waitstaff in bellhop-style uniforms add a touch of the Wes Anderson movie, adding to the casually fanciful atmosphere.
Riding on the popular dining wave, the menu is geared around the sharing experience. And first up is the effortlessly shareable Roasted Meat Croquettes, presented as a trio of perfect spheres with delicate breadcrumb mantles that yielded with a crackle. The mystery meat inside – later discovered to be an unorthodox combination of pork, beef, and chicken – was rich, salty, and delicious.
Next, their “Our Bravas” were patatas bravas reimagined as long, cubic tubes of reformed and refried potato, dotted with alternating beads of sobrasada mayo and black garlic alioli. Though lacking texture, a mix of smoky and spicy won through.
With what felt like the starters out of the way, the Coca with Tuna Belly arrived. Lightly seared tuna melted in the mouth, with fresh herbs, green beans and tapenade providing counterpoint. Off menu, sashimi salmon came topped with roe and radish, and accompanied with paprika sauce; the flavours were subtle, but to a fault. The Lobster Roll was tasty, but the brioche bordered on stodgy, and is there ever enough lobster?
A plate of Mini Cannelloni were smothered in a thick sauce with shiitake mushrooms and foie. They were an earthy, creamy and filling end to the savoury section of the meal. Dessert arrived in the form of two intriguingly presented dishes. One playfully combines a ‘yolk’ of tocinillo de cielo with caramel butter, icing sugar, and crema catalana to appear as a fried egg. Certainly one for the sweet-of-tooth. The Carrot and Chocolate Cake, however, was a real hit both in terms of presentation and taste: a chocolate plant pot displaying real carrot planted in chocolate soil, while ginger beer and orange peel feature in the moreish melange of flavours within.
It was a fun and satisfying conclusion to a meal that, while not wowing at every turn, delivered a palate-pleasing procession of dishes that fans of the sharing trend are likely to love.
Why eat here
A solid and varied menu of inventive, shareable dishes that scores high on flavour.
More about Fabiola Gastronomic Garden
Located on Calle Sant Jaume, in Palma’s historic centre, Fabiola Gastronomic Garden offers a great menu of sharing dishes in fun florid surrounds […] Fabiola Gastronomic Garden