Brigitte Zwygart and René Bernasconi are the powerhouse duo behind La Tulipe restaurant in Camp de Mar, tucked away near the bustling fishing port, Port d’Andratx. Zwygart brings her Swiss style to the front of house, which is elegant and inviting, while Bernasconi fuses his Italian roots with Swiss concepts in the gastronomy of the kitchen.
The partnership of Bernasconi and Zwygart is at the heart of this establishment, which is seamless after two decades of working together. They are still passionate about giving you a memorable experience, and the love they have for La Tulipe infuses every detail of the restaurant.
The attractive restaurant has a large terrace at the front, with clothed tables, candles and fresh flowers for alfresco dining under the stars. There’s an air of relaxed sophistication, and well-spaced tables mean you can have a romantic dinner for two, intimate and private, or dine with a large group comfortably. White table clothes, deep wicker chairs and original mares walls make for an elegant and cosy dining room.
The cuisine here is Mediterranean meets the Alps. Try a rosé from a local vineyard, or chilled cava to start. A delightful à la carte menu includes starters of fish soup Corsica, and snails with herb butter au gratin. For a main course, we suggest the succulent breast of quail with port wine sauce and celery mousse, and stand-out salmon with pistachio crust and orange sauce, served with sweet potato purée. The proximity of the restaurant to the famous fishing port of Port d’Andratx is apparent in the menu, which features fish and shellfish specials daily, so ask the host for a recommendation. The chocolate cake with hazelnut mousse makes a satisfying and decadent end to a wonderful meal.
La Tulipe is a destination, and in-the-know locals and veteran gastronomers make their reservations well in advance, so be sure to plan a trip to the terrace this summer. You will have a memorable meal worth the pilgrimage.