Purohotel is a charming converted 18th century palacio in the beautiful atmospheric La Lonja area of Palma. The first boutique hotel of its kind in Palma, it still stands up among the dozen or more that have opened this year alone in terms of style, ambience, and cuisine. The hotel restaurant, Opio, is a favourite gastronomical destination for epicurean locals and faithful returning guests of the hotel.
The atmosphere is relaxed: interiors feature neutral colours, subtle lighting, and striking modern art. Organic materials of hemp, wood and leather are incorporated into the décor. Candles and white tablecloths insinuate a fine dining atmosphere, and the warm and welcoming staff are professional and friendly. In the summer months, the tables in the private courtyard are shady and intimate, and a perfect setting for a cold cocktail in the summer.
Chef Leon Altamirano’s Asian palette fuses spices and techniques of Eastern cooking with traditional Mediterranean ingredients. The cuisine is based on following the seasonal produce growing on the island, fresh seafood, and the finest cuts of meat. Lemongrass, ginger, coriander and tamarind are imperative to the exquisite mouth-watering results. Puro´s menu is sophisticated, presentation is world-class, and the reasonable prices make it excellent value.
To start we recommend trying a glass of Puro´s own label wine or one of the unusual cocktails, and ordering an assortment of appetizers to share from the international tapas menu; bao buns with calamares and chipotle, mini Angus burger, and scallop and prawn ceviche. We can vouch for the excellent smoked turbot with prawn risotto, dressed with cashews and sesame. Carnivores should try the melt-in-the-mouth 24-hour cooked Hereford beef rib, with baby corn, potato, and a wine reduction. For a grand finale, the artfully presented Puro choc confection is worthy of the wow factor in flavour.
For value, ambience, and a gustatory journey, Opio is one of Palma’s restaurants that stands the test of time, and it is now something of an institution for a stylish clientele of mainly Scandinavian, German, and British island residents and visitors.