Santa Catalina is a culinary melting pot: not only does this lively quarter of Palma have an excellent food market, there’s also cuisine from many different countries available in the numerous local eateries. Rotana is one of the larger restaurants and serves tasty authentic Lebanese cuisine (including more than 20 dishes suitable for vegetarians).
Owner Mamdoh Aiyad says the art of eating Lebanese food is sharing, and this is reflected in the menu.
As well as individual hot and cold mezze starters, there are mezze selections (of 6-10 dishes). Main courses include a dish of the day. Two tasting menus (Rotana and Gourmet) include Lebanese flat bread, and coffee/tea. Leave space for a honey-rich pastry and glass of green tea with mint and a hint of rosewater. It’s rare to find Lebanese wines in restaurants on the island, so take advantage of the opportunity to try one of the excellent examples on Rotana’s list – which also features a few Mallorcan labels. Rotana is a welcoming place with an attractive interior, decorated with Middle Eastern lanterns, rugs, paintings and furniture.
To complete the authentic Lebanese experience, they also offer a shisha pipe.