Entering La Gourmeda in Port Andratx feels like walking in to a private home with an expansive terrace bedecked with twinkling fairy lights and plenty of outdoor seating for the warmer months. Inside artwork and photos of famous faces hang on the walls and the sense of homeliness is amplified with the candlelit tables and exposed stone walls.
Taking our seat on the upstairs terrace with views over the port we are introduced to the charming chef, Steffen Schappert, who instantly makes us feel like we have known him for years. He brings us a homemade peach Bellini to kick things off and offers us the menu. On his recommendations we order a selection of tasty-sounding dishes…
As white asparagus is in season we opt for the asparagus soup served with tempura prawns and spiralised vegetables which was smooth, creamy and light. Butterflied calamari with a fresh salad and a spectacular chilli, lime dip accompanied the soup and was soft and well-seasoned.
Crisp white wine is poured and we wait for our next course which appears and instantly makes our appetites stand up and take notice – herb-crusted saddle of lamb with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and rosemary-roasted new potatoes. The meat was so tender it would rival any fillet steak and the thyme sauce was divine and perfectly complemented the flavours of the herb crust of the lamb.
As we greedily tuck into our lamb our next course is served – turbot grilled on the bone with caper lemon butter, creamy garlic mash and fresh spinach. It was flaky, meaty and bursting with flavour that was not drowned by the capers but rather enhanced by their presence.
My German dining companion for the evening, Myriam, is surprised when another small plate is brought over and placed in front of her by Steffen. In Germany, white asparagus in hollandaise sauce is a comfort food that takes adults back to their childhood and knowing this would bring back memories it was a lovely touch and humanised the whole restaurant experience even more.
Suitably stuffed we have a small breather before the first of two desserts, an indulgent chocolate lava cake with delightfully fluffy homemade ice cream, Williams pear and raspberries. Now practically ready to burst, another dessert arrives – a twist on two popular desserts, a black forest tiramisu. Both desserts are rich, tasty and beautifully presented.
At La Gourmeda the menu is designed to bring traditional, hearty cuisine to the customers in a playful way that leaves nobody hungry and conjures memories of home cooked meals from childhood. The homely atmosphere that owner, Jan Brüske has created is perfect for couples, families (there is even a children’s playground!) or groups of friends and Steffen’s fabulous food and vibrant charm are the perfect recipe for a meal that will leave you wanting more – if you aren’t too full that is!
Why eat here?
Homely cuisine cooked with care and attention in a beautifully intimate setting overlooking Port Andratx.