Step into Retro Way and feel instantly relaxed. Exposed wood, tropical leaves and swaying tea lights all contribute to that feeling of tranquility and above all, good health. This funky café has created a menu with a simple ethos: to serve up food that fills you up, feeds the soul and is good for the planet. There is heart to Retro Way that not only shines through its vibrant menu (particularly great for vegetarians and vegans) but also through its people. Run as a family business, chef Pepe and his partner Silvia foster connections in the kitchen and behind the bar that are notably light-hearted. From sitting down to tucking in, the family at Retro Way welcome you in to enjoy home, plant-based goodness.
We start with two juices that really pack a punch. The red detox (beetroot, carrot, apple and ginger) and pink mint (watermelon, lime and mint) both zing with flavour. Only the freshest ingredients could achieve such results, which – as we come to discover – is what Retro Way excels at with every dish. The starter of ceviche comes elegantly rounded, topped with prawns, tomato and held together by a coconut milk base. Light and creamy, it is kept simple which makes for a delicate sweet flavour. The beetroot ravioli filled with cashew cheese is next and is a testament to well-delivered tasty vegan food. While the cashew cheese is crumblier than its dairy counterpart, it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Neatly wrapped, soft and pillowy – everything on point for a ravioli.
The main of poke bowl follows which is like a palette of colour, a white canvas of rice for its centre and a ring of mango, salmon, radish, avocado and edamame beans. We fold over the fluffy rice and drizzle over the gluten-free soy sauce – a hot choice for lovers of Japanese cuisine. For something closer to home, the shitake risotto with its underlying cream and courgette base will not disappoint.
To a background of bluesy jazz, we enjoy a matcha cheesecake made with coconut oil and free from gluten, dairy and sugar. Lucia, our waitress, tells us how the menu is entirely adaptable, making it an ideal eatery for those with food intolerances or dietary requirements. She pops out onto the terrace to pick some fresh mint for our pot of tea and we smile at the lights above made from upside-down garden buckets. Everything that Retro Way stands for is home-made, recycled and ethical. Funky and cool has arrived to Santanyí!
Why eat here?
Chill-out on the terrace and enjoy a menu of plant-based dishes – ideal for vegetarians and vegans.