As the sun sets on another summer’s day, Palma is bathed in a rosy glow. Nature’s canvas is the ever-changing evening sky, best viewed from a privileged position: the rooftop terrace of the 5-star Sant Francesc Hotel Singular. By day this is the exclusive enclave of guests staying in the hotel. But from Tuesday to Sunday evenings, from 19:00-22:30h, the terrace is open to the public for sushi and drinks. It’s a discreet place for a romantic evening or a meet-up with close (and discerning) friends.
The stylish terrace offers glorious 360° views over the Basilica of Sant Francesc opposite, the surrounding terracotta-tiled rooftops, and the churches dotted around the Old Town.
The dining area, alongside the swimming pool, is quite small: we noted four tables for two people, and two for four diners on the night we visited, but these are reconfigurable.
Soft background music – and contented chatter – provided the soundtrack.
As you’d expect from a hotel with an impressive clutch of awards, accolades, and press coverage, the food is excellent. Executive chef Alfonso Lillo moved to Sant Francesc Hotel Singular in 2017, from Restaurante Terre in Alicante where he had been head chef since it opened. His previous positions include being head chef to the Qatari royal family at the Al Wajbah Palace, and working as executive chef in London at The Cavendish and The Fat of the Land.
Choose from a menu of sushi dishes (and a few Mediterranean dishes) or The Sushi Experience – a succession of 10 plates. Among these we particularly enjoyed the tuna tartar with yuzu, avocado, chili and deep-fried wanton chips – a perfect combination of flavours and textures. After this came a feather-light tempura salmon roll with avocado, mango, and wasabi emulsion. We noted the freshness of the sashimi of sea bass, salmon, and tuna, and enjoyed the exotic highlight of snow crab roll. Our final savoury dish was foie gras and Iberian ‘presa’ with two emulsions – one of Jack Daniels, the other of wasabi and ginger. The menu is well balanced and ordered.
We were pleased to note evidence of good service training: our server Sofia had an in-depth knowledge of each dish.
If you want to enjoy sushi on Sant Francesc Hotel Singular’s roof terrace, you do need to book at least one day in advance to be sure of a table. But we think it’s worth the wait…