OCHO is a boutique hotel and restaurant in a lovingly reformed townhouse from 1890. Situated near the sea, OCHO also stands between Palma’s two most spectacular buildings, the La Seu cathedral and La Lonja, making it an ideal downtown location in the old town.
According to the chef, Lukas Moderato, OCHO’s kitchen is “in constant change”, offering a daily menu based on the freshest ingredients found in the market each morning. Guests will be surprised each day with new dishes described on a giant chalkboard as well as a smaller one brought to the table.
As well as fresh, seasonal produce the Chef is inspired by his roots in Sweden, spending plenty of time in Mallorca, and his culinary experience gained in other parts of the world. Often returning to his family’s holiday home in Bunyola, which was inherited from his great grandmother, Lukas moved from Stockholm to Palma in his teenage years to promptly start working in restaurants.
After gaining experience at Can Amer in Inca, and Es Baluard in Palma, Lukas travelled to Paris to work in the restaurant Le Fumoir. His work as a chef then took him travelling before returning home to Sweden to open his own restaurants, the first, Dining Club, opened in 2004, followed by DeVille and Carousel in Stockholm.
Both Scandinavian and Mediterranian influences shine through in Lukas’s cooking, as it perfectly reflects the best these cuisines have to offer. Delicate fish and sharp notes of finely sliced radish recall contemporary Swedish cuisine, while the wholesome portions and stronger flavours signal the beloved traditional meals found in Spain.
A warmth is expressed from the moment we enter the restaurant, stepping onto the original tile floor, which is typical in buildings of this era in Palma, we are surrounded by plush swathes of velvet. The lighting, like in the hotel, is 1920’s-inspired, while colourful abstract paintings, a collaboration by local artists Román Fabré and Ryan McMullan, add a fresh and contemporary touch.
We receive excellent service, dine on an amazing and well-priced dish of artichokes and are besotted by the overall experience. Hearty deserts of brownie and créme brûlée leave us eager to return.
Why eat here?
Delicious Scandi influenced food, a wonderful cosy interior in the lively old town of Palma.