German chef Gerhard Schwaiger has always been associated with haute cuisine. In his early career, in his home country, he worked in restaurants including St Stefanskeller, Katzenbergers Adler, and Tantris.
But he became internationally known and respected here on Mallorca, at Tristán, where he spent 29 years and collected culinary accolades like some of us collect recipe books. For two decades his cuisine was awarded two Michelin stars.
Now, Schwaiger has his name over the door of the Palma restaurant Schwaiger Xino’s. Located on the second floor of the Son Moix building (above SuperCor supermarket), it has the useful benefit of a free car park across the street and elevator up to the restaurant.
Designer Virginia Pérez totally transformed the interior, giving it a fresh, light, and contemporary style. Schwaiger joined forces with Cristina Pérez Paino (formerly of Tristán, who looks after front of house and is the sommelier), innovative young chef Johannes Jobst, and four partners, including Xino’s Pedro Mesquida.
Schwaiger Xino’s offers Mediterranean cuisine with international touches, and great importance placed on local produce. Schwaiger has reinvented some of his classics and introduced exciting new dishes to his repertoire.
At lunchtime there’s a daily changing menú del día, comprising three courses (no choices) and including water and a coffee.
There’s also an à la carte menu which includes a good selection of starters for sharing, fish and meat dishes. Schwaiger has created an exclusive dish named ‘Panamera con los 5 sentidos’ – to celebrate the luxurious Porsche marque – made from Wagyu beef essence, truffle, quail egg in gold leaf, celery ravioli, Wagyu tempura, and puff pastry with Jabugo ham.
In addition to the above, Schwaiger also offers a tapas tasting menu of five or seven plates.
The well-known chef brought with him some of his former colleagues from Tristán, so expect professional service and an interesting list of Mallorcan, national, and international wines to choose from.
In summer, you can eat al fresco on the terrace with views of the Tramuntana mountains behind the city. And of the home of Real Mallorca.