The first restaurant to open in this exclusive marina, Bruno Bar and Restaurant has an extensive seating area accommodating both diners and those seeking to unwind with a cocktail. The view of the superyachts from the decked terrace adds a luxurious touch to a meal here.
The owner, Bruno Elain, spent 11 years managing the upmarket restaurant Flanigan in Puerto Portals before setting up his own business. Six years on and his enthusiasm continues to shine. The decor is a mixture of rustic and contemporary.
There is a bar made from a 200-year-old oak tree salvaged from Sóller, raw wood lamps and thick ropes used as partitions, as well as soft furnishings in statement red.
The menu, which changes three times a year, is presented in the style of a newspaper called Le Journal. It includes news about their live music events on Thursdays and that their very own barman, Santi, finished in third position at the Balearic Cocktail Championships.
Before we’ve ordered, we’re treated to some of the most delicious seafood croquettes I’ve ever eaten. Things bode well. The menu is focused on Mediterranean cuisine with sections split between To Share, Starters, Pastas and Rices, Seafood and Fish, and Meat.
We start with one of their most popular dishes; a tomato and avocado tartar served with olive bread. It’s simple, refreshing and full of flavour. As we continue, we discover that the superior quality of each individual ingredient is what marks Bruno’s apart from restaurants who spend more time on presentation than flavour.
The Mallorcan lobster with potatoes and a soft fried egg, which is mixed in by the waiter, is exquisite. Well-seasoned, potatoes cooked to perfection and generous with the seafood. Another seafood dish, the octopus with curry mashed potatoes, is a tasty twist on a Mediterranean classic.
For the meat course, we have slow-cooked lamb. It arrives as two compact lamb cakes on top of cooked apple with potato purée. With it, is a deliciously rich sauce made from the juices of the lamb. We can’t fault the flavours though the menu does hint it comes with more vegetables.
We end our meal with a gorgeous apple cake with melt-in-your-mouth pastry, served with vanilla ice cream. Unwinding with an espresso on the terrace, looking out at the harbour, it doesn’t surprise me that Bruno’s clients keep returning. Come the cooler months, the comfortable dining room awaits with big glass windows to keep you connected to the stylish beyond.
Why eat here?
For high-quality Mediterranean cuisine, friendly service and views of the marina.