Sa Sal is located in the eastern coastal town of Porto Cristo. Set away from the harbour, what it lacks in seaviews it makes up in a warm atmosphere and outstanding Mediterranean cuisine.
It is housed in a traditional Mallorcan manor with two separate entrances. The building is handsomely proportioned, with wooden beamed ceilings and tiled floors. The attractive décor has been recently refurbished and is a mix of rustic and contemporary with stone walls and log lamps.
The pretty walled courtyard is popular in summer, while in the cooler months, a wood-burning stove makes for a cosy dining experience. Our own editor considers it to be among one of the most romantic restaurants on the island.
Sa Sal delivers more than its exterior appearance may suggest.
Chef/owner Mario Hekke is passionate about his craft and works his magic with local ingredients. Beautiful presentation and exquisite flavours can be expected here, and the friendly chef is always happy to explain any of his creative and eye-catching creations.
From Friday to Sunday, there’s a reasonably-priced two and three course set lunch menu to choose from. A special six-course tasting menu is reserved for the evenings and changes each week. The gastronomic journey includes an enticing combination of fish, meat, vegetable and sweet dishes. However, vegetarian diets can be accommodated here on request. The menu begins with delicious bread made on the premises, served with Mallorcan olive oil, traditional flor de sal and a tasty dip.
Recent highlights enjoyed have been tomato consommé with cauliflower; rack of beef with parsley crème and mushrooms; gnocchis with feta cheese and asparagus; and veal tartare with mustard cream. To accompany your meal is a comprehensive wine list of international and local wines, including the fresh and fruity Mandia Vell from the organic vineyard near Manacor.
The staff are attentive and friendly, and service is smooth. All in all, Sa Sal is a great find in the back streets of Porto Cristo and great choice for celebration dinners.