‘Eat where the locals eat’ can be a useful mantra when choosing from a large number of available restaurants. Make that ‘quality-conscious locals’ and La Mémé fits that description perfectly. When we went to eat there we saw office workers, ladies-who-lunch, young and older couples, and even a few local politicians. It all makes for the kind of pleasant conversational buzz you’d experience in a good London brasserie.
Tomeu and Antonia’s brasserie-style restaurant La Mémé isn’t in the heart of Palma but it does have a convenient location on the Avinguda del Comte de Sallent – part of the city’s inner ring road. Underground public car parking is close by and, if you arrive by public transport, Palma’s train and bus station (Estación Intermodal) and the Sóller railway station are about five minutes’ walk along the Avinguda (on the same side as the stations) in the direction of the port.
The super-stylish interior of La Mémé blends smart contemporary with a few vintage décor touches. The smartly uniformed waiters are well-informed about chef Enrique Zuñiga’s Spanish cuisine, professional, and friendly. Owner Tomeu works alongside his team.
The excellent-value daily-changing three-course ‘menú del día’ lunch offers a choice of four starters, four mains, and eight home-made desserts (the latter don’t change). Bread, olives, alioli, one drink, and tax are included. The menu price increases slightly on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays.
La Mémé’s fantastic-value six-course tasting menu is available for lunch and dinner. There’s also an à la carte menu, offering starters, rice and pasta dishes, salads, vegetarian, meat, and fish dishes.
We tried the six-course tasting menu, which comprised an aperitif of delicious chilled pumpkin soup; goat’s cheese croquettes with mango; panciotti of scallop and prawn with a citric sauce; roasted fillet of John Dory with spinach and pine nuts; meltingly tender oxtail in a wonton, and dessert duo (tiramisu and cheesecake, with vanilla ice cream). The flavours and presentation of all the dishes impressed us.
To accompany your meal, try a fairly priced glass or bottle of Spanish or Mallorcan wine, or opt for their inspired ‘package’ of one glass each of cava, white, red, and dessert wines.
It’s easy to understand why La Mémé is so popular among local and resident diners – and, of course, visitors in the know …