To be sure of eating at Sumailla, it’s best to book two or three days ahead. The restaurant’s popularity isn’t only because the waterfront terrace offers gorgeous views. And it’s not because the owner is an experienced restaurateur: proprietor Toni Vera previously worked in the culture sector, but he’s clever.
His first clever move was to appoint architect Jaime Garcia Ruiz, who created the smart minimalist interior décor that sets Sumailla apart from many of the port’s other restaurants. Then he employed Mauricio Farinola. At Lucy Wang and Tahini in Puerto Portals, Mauricio earned his reputation as one of Mallorca’s best sushi chefs. Sit at the bar and you can watch him in action, as well as enjoying a cocktail, or perhaps a whisky from Japan.
Open from lunchtime until late, Sumailla offers an à la carte menu, and a good-value lunchtime sharing menu for two, comprising five dishes (without drinks).
The waterfront terrace (across the narrow road from the 25-cover restaurant) seats an additional 48.
Our small group ate al fresco, and shared a variety of à la carte dishes. These included salmon tataki salad with rocket, baby spinach, and a truffle sauce; and delicious Nikkei steak tartare with thin slices of toast. The moreish hot tarte flambé was similar to ‘coca’, and topped with mushrooms, cream, sobrasada, and truffle oil.
We commented on the high quality of the ingredients and evidence of Mauricio’s superb knife and presentation skills as we enjoyed the special Californian and spicy tuna rolls, and generous bowl of sashimi moriawase on ice. Sushi is no longer a rarity on Mallorca, but it’s rarely as good elsewhere as it is here.
Meat eaters should enjoy the barbecued Australian rib eye steak with Andean potatoes and ‘seco de cordero’ – lamb low-temperature-cooked for 16 hours. The desserts were also a hit – particularly the matcha green tea panna cotta with lime and lemon mousse. To drink, we chose a bottle of the dependable Nounat de Biniagrau; the list will apparently have changed by now.
Eating here was a comfortable, delicious, and enjoyable experience, further enhanced by the pleasant and obliging serving staff. It’s easy to understand Sumailla’s popularity.
Conveniently, you can book a table using the Sumailla App (iOS and Android); if the restaurant’s fully booked (or you feel like eating at home), simply order to take away. Clever.
Opening hours: 13:00-23:30h (limited menu between 15:30 and 19:00h).