In the corner of the large square of Llucmajor, Tomates Verdes would be easy to miss with its unassuming entrance but to walk past this gem would be a terrible shame. Inside you encounter a calm and well thought-out neutral décor with an open and airy atmosphere, cheerful staff and wonderful scents wafting from the kitchen.
Greeted warmly by owner, Jorge, we take our seats and peruse the extensive menu whilst sipping on the crisp, perfectly-chilled house white wine. The menu is Asian-influenced which is a surprisingly brave choice in a predominantly Mallorcan town such as Llucmajor and has our curiosity piqued and our taste buds alert and waiting.
First up is crispy fried broccoli with a delicious kimchi and lime sauce, a dish that was satisfying and delicious in its simplicity. Next, tuna tartar which is a beautiful collision of textures and flavours – crunchy sesame seeds, rich oyster sauce, salty soy sauce and creamy mustard topped with crispy seaweed. Each dish is a cacophony of delicate flavours and leaves us eager to try the next courses.
A course of expertly cooked king prawns with a tangy, sweet, spicy Thai flavour and another of calamari with baby broccoli in a chipotle romesco sauce both please and tantalise with their mild spiciness. Suitably full, another glass of wine is poured and chef and co-owner, Carlos comes out from the kitchen to greet us. After accepting our compliments on the food he chats to us about the food – the local ingredients that are sourced from Llucmajor and the surrounding towns and the Asian-influenced flavours that inspire him.
Our main course of roasted picaña, a cut of beef from the rump, served with aubergines, chimichurri and a rich beef jus is perfectly cooked, melts in our mouths and is probably the thing to disappear from the plate the quickest. A true triumph of fusion cuisine with local produce, a South-American recipe and a vague hint of the Asian flavours that are present throughout the menu.
Desserts come in the form of a double creamed ice cream with truffle, cacao and kumquat as well as a delicate raspberry ice cream with fresh fruits and light white chocolate soup. Both desserts are playful, light and delightfully indulgent.
Tomates Verdes is a must-try in Llucmajor and worth a trip from anywhere on the island. Adventurous flavours that do not fail to impress, food presentation to rival that of the restaurants in many 5-star hotels and a brave concept that succeeds with ease. Jorge and Carlos have found a niche that many didn’t know existed but should certainly try!
Why eat here?
Asian-influences, South American dishes, fresh produce and excellent service.