The restaurant scene in Palma de Mallorca can be quite transient, but Bruselas will have been serving diners here for 13 years this September – which must say something.
Owned and run by José Luis Sanchez and his wife Andrea, Bruselas specialises in prime cuts of pasture-fed beef from their native Argentina, and from Galicia and the USA. They also offer Kobe beef, several gourmet burgers, chef’s specials, fish from the market, and salads – so there’s something for almost every taste.
The location is ideal for shoppers: just 30 metres down a quiet lane from the Paseo del Borne, part of the city’s so-called ‘golden mile’, and down a few entrance steps into the restaurant. Public car parking (Antoni Maura) and a taxi rank are very close by.
The various dining areas, in what is part of an old Mallorcan townhouse, have an intimate feel, tucked away from the city bustle. Groups can easily be accommodated, with special menus available.
At lunchtime they offer a three-course ‘menú del día’ (including one drink) for 13 euros. We tried the breaded provolone with sauce starter from this and, from the tapas list, the very good grilled octopus with ‘de la Vera’ paprika. We then shared two carefully-cooked meat dishes.
The interesting wine list includes examples from Spain, Mallorca, and Argentina. José Luis has helpfully compiled a spreadsheet (in the back of the menu folder) of the best wines, showing the region, grape content, winery and, importantly, points allocated by the Guía Peñín 2015.
A nifty little feature – in a restaurant where staff cannot easily see every table – is a small box brought to the table, with buttons to press if you want something, such as the bill – or another another bottle of good ‘tinto’.