Street food is a trend that isn’t going to die out anytime soon. What’s not to like about eating affordable, cooked-to-order dishes from a world of exotic cuisines? If this is your eating-out preference, head for Naan World Street Food in Palma’s boho Santa Catalina district. This appealing small restaurant, with an open kitchen, offers a mix of tall and conventional-height tables and chairs. Strings of Buddhist prayer flags are part of the decor.
We sat at a tall table for two next to the bar, studying the menu while nibbling moreish home-made crisps with a spicy dip. Naan offers most dishes in two sizes and we suggest sharing a few so you can try more things!
We chose from the different menu sections: tapas of a lovely sticky yakitori chicken served on wooden skewers, and ‘pastel de camarào’ – small half-moon-shaped pastries stuffed with prawns and served with a spicy tomato sauce.
We had colourful, fresh-tasting salmon ‘tiradito’ from the ‘Callejeando’ section. This dish of thinly sliced raw salmon with a crispy vegetable salad including red onion, carrot, and broccoli is highly recommended. We also had the Peruvian ecological quinoa salad with chargrilled squid. A section entitled ‘From the wood oven’ tempted us to share the stickiest, tastiest BBQ ribs we’re likely to wrap our fingers around this summer. Yogurt panna cotta with saffron-infused pears and caramelised nuts was the finale. Naan’s toothsome and satisfying food thoroughly entertained our palates.
Amiable chef/owner Nicolas Malenchini opened Naan World Street Food two years’ ago. Originally from Buenos Aires, he was previously head chef at nearby Duke; he’s also worked at Mallorca’s Tahini and Opio (as its head chef from 2004-2009). His Naan team is helpful and friendly.
Clients are a 50/50 mix of local and foreign (of which 75% are Scandinavian). By 20:35h when we visited, Naan was full, and a steady stream of people had called in to book or seek a table; we recommend making a reservation for this welcoming restaurant, which has free WiFi (for the essential Instagram food shots).
We can also recommend the music: Nico’s personal compilation included great songs from the Rolling Stones, Dylan, Lou Reed, and Booker T & the MG’s. A cool soundtrack for a cool place.