When Tast Club opened in Palma in 2012 the place was an insider secret: with no sign over the door and its tucked-away location, you could walk past the place without even realizing it was there. You still won’t find a Tast Club sign, but a menu now hangs discreetly on the wall beside the door.
Tast Club is the essence of cool – as much for its air of exclusivity as for its achingly stylish décor. The owners employed one of Spain’s leading interior designers – Lázaro Rosa-Violán of Barcelona’s Contemporain Studio – to create the look of a private members’ club, which wouldn’t look out of place in London. Key décor elements are cream-painted wood, smart furniture, chandeliers, mirrors, and mirrored glass.
The attractive bar, under a vaulted ceiling, is a good place for a carefully mixed cocktail or other drink. For dining, there are tables in several rooms – including one with windows looking out to a closed patio, filled with contemporary metal artworks.
Chef Patxi Castellano has worked in several Tast Group properties and is responsible for the cuisine at Tast Club. The menu now includes a Colmado & Raw Bar section, with seven dishes in each category. ‘Colmado’ is the Spanish word for grocery store: Spain is renowned for high-quality canned seafood products, so don’t be surprised to see tinned fish on the menu when you eat out.
We tried four of these ‘de lata’ (canned) items: anchovy with fruit vinaigrette; sardine with truffled poached quail’s egg; mussel with parmentier (our favourite), and tentacle-stuffed ‘chipirón’ with onion and truffle. The menu’s raw section includes ceviche, tartares, tataki, and carpaccio – which we didn’t try.
Tast Club still offers many popular dishes from its original menu, such as the superb-quality ‘jamón Ibérico de Bellota’, their take on ‘tortilla de patata’ (thin and silky, and in three varieties), and artichokes with Parmesan.
Main courses include the Catalan dish, fillet of salt cod ‘a la Llauna’, which we tried: decently cooked cod in a rich paprika sauce. The meat main courses include tripe ‘a la Madrileña, pig’s trotters with white beans, beef Stroganoff, and Chateaubriand. Prices don’t include side dishes (‘guarnición’) and an extra charge is made for each one, such as fries, roasted vegetables, green salad, or coleslaw.
Save space for a dessert. Of the small choice of sweet dishes, we favour the elegantly thin apricot tart … fewer calories, surely?
As well as wines from the Spanish peninsula, there are reasonably priced cocktails.We like that many dishes are offered in a choice of two sizes, as this is definitely a place to share food with friends. We weren’t so keen on the slightly-too-loud music playing during our lunchtime visit; a little less volume and it wouldn’t intrude on conversation.
We recommend making a reservation if you want to eat here. There may not be a sign, but word of the cool Tast Club has spread.
We love…the sophisticated interior design.
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00 h & 20:00 - 00:00 h
Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00 h & 20:00 - 00:00 h
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 h & 20:00 - 00:00 h
Friday 13:00 - 16:00 h & 20:00 - 00:00 h
Note: Open all year.
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