A homely, greenery-filled patio with shaded seating leads to the main entrance of the La Santa Casa restaurant. Walk down a few steps and you enter a colourful and inviting room in which an open kitchen, an eclectic retro mix of hand-picked chairs and tables, rattan lampshades made out of fishing baskets, and natural light create a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Every single detail is carefully presented. This is a very personal space in which, you have the privilege of being able to watch the chef – who has also proven his culinary and smart business expertise in the Japo restaurant around the corner – at work in Santa Catalina.
In his open-plan kitchen, Alberto García prepares even the most complicated World Street Kitchen specialities, as he describes his restaurant’s international fusion style, with immense dedication and enthusiasm. The menu starts with prawn dumplings in home-made fish stock enhanced with passion fruit, which is rich and delicious. This is followed by a type of cannelloni, with white truffle cream, parmesan and red pesto – the tender beef topping truly melts in the mouth! A selection of mixed Mexican tacos is also on the menu. We try them with king prawns in an exquisite pico de gallo sauce made from fresh vegetables and marinated red onions – a dish which can easily be eaten with fingers! The portions are perfectly bite-sized and ideal for anyone wanting to try several dishes. A further dish includes tender octopus on sweet potato purée with smoked cheese, as well as an excellent ceviche with fresh fish and seasonal seafood.
The main dish is a delicious Mallorcan recipe: slow-cooked roast pig and couscous with botifarró (traditional Mallorcan black pudding) with hoisin sauce and red fruits. All dishes are artistically and tastefully presented. A recommended dessert is the torrija – a typical Spanish sweet of roasted bread with panna cotta and fresh berries. Alberto García and his team impress diners with their sympathetic and welcoming restaurant concept for everyone who places importance on personal service and individuality. This is an adults only yet pet (dog) friendly restaurant, which also ensures its wonderfully intimate atmosphere. The main dining area is adjoined by a further room for groups of up to twelve people. The restaurant seats twenty people (inside) as well as up to ten outdoors.
Why eat here?
Unique, authentic and unforgettable, this individual restaurant in Palma’s trendy Santa Catalina district is a real find where you can enjoy unconventional, informal and unbelievably good cuisine!