New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Palma now have something in common: special restaurants with a certain cool. La Parada, opened December 2016, in the old railway station in Plaza de España is one of those special places to discover, where you forget where you are and all your senses awaken.
La Parada is in the heart of Palma. “We wanted to bring something to the city and fell in love with this marvellous place, in which we saw the potential to create an oasis in the centre, where you could enjoy good cuisine or have a cocktail in a caring and relaxed ambience,” says one of the owners, Marisa Ruiz.
Planning for the project took almost two years. Every detail – from the décor and ambience, to the staff uniforms and excellent cuisine – was carefully selected.
Open for breakfast, aperitifs, lunches, dinners, and cocktails, the ambience of La Parada changes throughout the day. All the senses are satisfied here, whether having drinks with friends or delicious food from the innovative kitchen brigade – led by Nacho Amores – which continually surprises with its combination of traditional and innovative techniques, using high-quality products; or enjoying live music on Friday nights.
La Parada achieves that rare combination of an excellent location, décor, ambience, and top-class food, which they define as ‘traveller’ – as it’s inspired by different places in the world.
“We offer 100% honest cuisine,” Marisa says. “Locally sourced produce includes meats and eggs from small local fincas.”
The fully open kitchen – with its smart Kamado grill – has six ‘paradas’ – each one with a different concept: Pizzas & Co, Burgers & Co, ‘Fritos’, Natural, Vermutería, cocktails, and ‘Canalla’. Here you can eat the already-renowned liquid squid croquettes; egg cooked at 65 degrees with potato foam and truffle oil; Mallorcan suckling pig in Peking style, or skate marinated in red miso, wrapped in a banana leaf and cooked on the coals – among other dishes.
Monday to Thursday nights, the additional Xperience is a five-course surprise menu for up to 12 diners only, seated at the kitchen counter – a ‘chef’s table’ – where you can enjoy seeing how the dishes are made.
If you are looking for a different, cosmopolitan, and cool place, La Parada is your stop in the heart of Palma.