This well-known Swedish-owned restaurant in Palma’s vibrant area of La Lonja is located in a charming building that’s more than 500 years old. Soft lighting and warm ambience, combined with friendly attentive service and delicious cuisine, make this an appealing place to eat a meal or enjoy a selection of tapas with friends.
The attractive Sala Noble is ideal for private dining, and they offer a choice of set menus for groups.
Head chef Carlos Abad Landeras moved to La Paloma from the former Tirso tapas restaurant in Palma. His hospitality career began at a restaurant in Barcelona and, before moving to Mallorca, he worked as head chef in several leading European Michelin-starred restaurants.
La Paloma’s à la carte menu offers dishes in several sections: modern tapas, tapas, veggie dishes, from the oven, fish, and selected grill meats. The classic tapas menu (for a minimum of two people) is your answer if you find it hard to make a choice: it offers two classic tapas followed by sliced grilled beef entrecôte with salad and French fries, followed by a classic crème brûlée.
For our most recent visit we began with a ‘pan coca del maresme’ – a crystal bread with tomato and basil. We then tried two dishes from the modern tapas section of the menu: firstly, edible crab cannelloni and carrots on millet salad with mango, avocado and curry caramel. Next we tried scallops (three) in puff pastry: this dish involved a little bit of theatre, as our server opened the centre of the pastry at the table and poured in the beurre blanc sauce in front of us.
Grilled meats are popular at La Paloma, but we opted for one of the two dishes cooked in the oven: spare ribs to share with a home-made BBQ sauce. As you’d expect after six hours of cooking, the meat on the ribs was meltingly tender; the sauce itself was not as flavourful as we had imagined it would be, and the accompanying potatoes were a little oilier than we would have liked. Keen carnivores may wish to share the ox T-bone steak (1kg for two diners), from the grilled meat section; it’s served with French fries and a green salad.
There’s a wide choice of wines to enjoy with your meal.
La Paloma opens all day from lunchtime, but whenever you come – for tapas, lunch, or dinner – we recommend reserving your table; this well-established restaurant’s prime location makes it busy even out of season.
We love… To eat in this historical building.