The Palma district of Santa Catalina is home to restaurants offering a world of different types of cuisine – with Italian and Asian-fusion as the dominant food styles. The opening of Le Bistro Bleu (in premises formerly occupied by Appetite) in April 2017 brought traditional French cuisine to this charming area of Mallorca’s capital, in a cosy bistro with an open kitchen.
The delightful owners Malin (originally from Sweden) and her French partner Christian – the executive chef – are relatively recent arrivals on the island and seized an opportunity to open their dream French bistro in the heart of Santa Catalina. Malin runs front of house and ensures attentive and warm service.
Christian gained his culinary experience in locations around the world, including some of the finest professional schools and restaurants. His menu at Le Bistro Bleu is unpretentious but utterly tempting with its promise of more simple traditional French food, cooked with flair and love for his country’s renowned cuisine.
If you’ve been yearning for wholesome authentic French food – with more than a soupçon of Gallic flair – this is the place to come.
We tried several dishes, starting with goat’s cheese croquettes with a salad (one of their top-selling dishes), and a fresh pea and mint soup – beautifully garnished. What could be more French than the classic coq au vin? Of course we had to try it – and we weren’t disappointed. We also had tasty steak tartar with French fries, then ended our dinner with apple pie and ice cream.
We particularly liked the house white wine at Le Bistro Bleu – which is worth trying.
The service at this welcome addition to the Santa Catalina dining-out scene is seamless, which means one feels relaxed and at home here.
Le Bistro Bleu is open for dinner only from Tuesday to Sunday and brunch from 11am on Saturday and Sunday. Whenever you go, you’ll feel ‘bienvenue’.