Andreu Genestra is a man in demand for his gastronomy. His eponymous rural restaurant in northeast Mallorca has a Michelin star, and he has cooked overseas for international royalty. So when his friend and fellow restaurateur Tolo Carbonell wanted to create an exciting new gastronomic menu for Royal Beach – now known as Royal Beach Gastrosenses – who better to turn to than Inca-born chef Andreu?
But the menu isn’t the only change at this popular restaurant, bar, and music venue on Platja de Muro, in the north of Mallorca. Smart tiled floors have replaced the old wooden ones in the dining area. The former bar and indoor lounge area has been completely changed to add more tables for diners, and a striking curvaceous sculpture separates this area from the rest – effectively creating a semi-private dining space. With the stunning views on offer from this restaurant, it makes for a wonderful place to eat.
Members of staff have also benefited from changes: the kitchen has been improved, creating a lighter and more open space in which the chefs can prepare the creative Mallorcan and Mediterranean dishes Andreu has designed. And the front-of-house team has smart new uniforms. Happier staff makes happier clients.
We visited at lunchtime to try some of the new dishes on the à la carte menu. For more casual eating and lighter appetites, there are snacks, salads, and tapas (or Tapas & Co, as they are shown here). The latter includes modern interpretations of favourites such as ‘croquetas’ and ‘patatas bravas’ with ali oli foam.
After a complimentary glass of refreshing ‘salmorejo’ (chilled tomato-based soup, similar to gazpacho, from Cordoba), we tried several dishes: ceviche of serviola (amberjack) with corn sauce; scrambled eggs with house-marinated salmon, rocket and a seaweed pesto, and crispy squid with carbonara sauce and wild rice. Our meat choices were a delicious suckling pig confit with rosemary-roasted potatoes and a red wine jus and tandoori chicken breast with basmati strawberry rice.
From the Sweet Royal section of desserts, we shared the tempting white chocolate mojito with mint and rum sorbet.
In addition to the à la carte menu, there’s also a weekly-changing 5-course tasting menu for lunch and dinner. Royal Beach Gastrosenses is living up to its name, offering a treat for all the senses …