Named after its Hamelin-born chef/patron Roland Schulte, this back-street Porto Cristo restaurant opened in May 2011 and is rightly regarded as one of the port’s best. “Flavour, flavour, flavour,” is what this experienced Chef wants his customers to remember after a visit to his restaurant.
From its terrace, there’s a glimpse of the marina between two large buildings, however this is a place for well-presented international cuisine with a creative touch and good service, rather than views.
The elegant modern interior has contemporary art on the dove grey walls, loose-weave blinds to allow in light (but not views of the opposite buildings) and pleasant lighting. Smooth vocal jazz playes quietly in the background, setting a relaxed mood.
The à la carte menu (lunch and dinner) changes seasonally, with a few favourites retained – such as the Roland’s special steak – and there are also a variety of daily specials to choose from. Portions are generous and a meal begins with a complimentary appetiser, such as a cup of silky sweet potato soup.
Their fish is sourced from the nearby habour and is deliciously fresh. Tasty seafood dishes are also a draw, their homemade pasta with succulent, spicy prawns proving particularly mouth-watering. There’s plenty of choice for meat-lovers too; you can tuck into a beef carpaccio for starters and follow up with a perfectly-cooked rack of lamb. All their dishes are beautifully presented, making a meal here feel special. On their wine list are some fine examples of Mallorcan and Spanish wines, including the 2009 Mauro Terreus from Castilla y León. Maître d’ David López, who takes pride in providing a careful and attentive service, will happily advise you on which vintage to complement each dish.
For over twenty years, Chef Roland Schulte has witnessed the evolution of Mallorca’s restaurant industry. While new venues open and increasingly experimental menus add flavour to the island, Roland restaurant continues to thrive thanks to its consistent high quality of ingredients, presentation and service.