One of Palma de Mallorca’s 5-star hotel restaurants is offering an excellent ‘menú del día’. abcMallorca went for lunch at Quadrat in the Old Town.
Tempted by international media coverage – and the current buzz surrounding Palma as a destination – people are travelling from afar to stay at the 5-star hotel named ‘Top Hotel in Spain and Portugal’ in the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. But you don’t have to be overnighting at Hotel Sant Francesc Singular to eat in its excellent restaurant.
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Quadrat is in the former stable block at the rear of the restored 19th-century mansion; attractive decorative touches give a nod to its original use. It’s a blissfully cool and elegant setting in which to escape the intense summer heat, with two indoor rooms (one for private dining for up to 12 people).
There are also tables in the tranquil rear garden – where it’s easy to forget that the heart of the bustling capital city is just a short walk away.
We went for the ‘menú del día’, and were warmly welcomed. Service is definitely 5-star.
The three-course ‘menú del día’ changes every two to three days, and is available seven days a week. The cuisine is Mediterranean.
While studying the menu we dipped several flavours of good bread into organic Arbequina olive oil (from Petra), and ‘flor de sal’. Then came a palate-refreshing appetizer of frozen watermelon and sangria cubes – speared onto cocktail sticks, and served on a bed of ice.
From the choice of two starters, we had sea bream ceviche with mango and black tomato, served in a large white bowl. The perfectly marinated fish zinged with citrusy freshness. From the two main courses we ate succulent cod marinated in miso, served on sweet potato purée, with kale – an uncommon vegetable on Mallorca – adding a super-healthy pop of colour to the plate.
Both desserts begged to be tried; we obliged. The first consisted of four small triangles of mango-topped cheesecake, with cinnamon crumble and mango sorbet, garnished with strawberry pieces – artistically served on a matte black plate for dramatic effect. The other – pieces of roasted pineapple with coconut foam and white chocolate ice cream – was presented in a glass-lidded bowl. We licked our lips and agreed it had been an impressive-value ‘menú del día’.
From the wine list, we had the recommended Miraval Rosé 2013 – a departure from our usual practice of drinking Mallorcan wine. This pale pink rosé with a bouquet of strawberry, pear and floral notes, delivers a glass full of summer berries, herbs, and tangerines – with a refreshing acidity. In 2013 ‘Wine Spectator’ named it the world’s best rosé.
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular appointed Alfonso Lillo as Quadrat’s new executive chef in November 2016. The 36-year-old Spaniard has moved from Alicante’s Terre Restaurant, where he was head chef. His previous roles were as head chef to the Qatari royal family at the Al Wajbah Palace, and at the The Cavendish and The Fat of the Land in London. Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-star Maze restaurant and Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck – both in the UK – are also on his CV.
Quadrat is open daily for lunch 13:00-15:30h (and for dinner in the evenings)