This restaurant has now closed permanently.
New Nordic cuisine’s best-known exponents are the chefs Claus Meyer and René Redzepi, who spearheaded its development in Denmark. Now Michael Wilson – with 20 years’ experience in the Danish hospitality sector – has brought this healthy, fresh-tasting food (based on local products) to Mallorca. His restaurant Wilson’s Nordic Bar & Kitchen is in the heart of Palma.
This exciting eatery opened in spring 2017 and quickly became popular – especially amongst Scandinavians missing the creative cuisine of their homeland.
Wilson’s Nordic Bar & Kitchen is close to the church of Sant Nicolau, in premises once occupied by the former Chopin Restaurant, and offers a casual and uniquely Nordic eating-out experience in Palma, based on fresh seasonal island produce.
The interior is Scandi-cool yet comfortable and inviting, but there’s a terrace if you prefer to eat al fresco. Indoors you can see Danish head chef Jesper Steffen and his brigade in action.
Warm home-made bread rolls – brought to the table in a small hessian bag – were a promising start. After this tasty start, we had a sharing dish: herb-topped toasted carob bread accompanied by a zingy combination of cucumber and lemon cream served in a small metal lid-type dish.
Think Nordic and fresh fish comes to mind: we enjoyed the delicious smoked swordfish tartar, perfectly balanced by the accompanying grilled cherries and lemon verbena. Like all the dishes here, it was an innovative combination of flavours and attractively presented. Our next dish – Mallorcan lamb – had been slowly cooked at a low temperature, leaving it meltingly tender, and was partnered with Mallorcan figs and almonds.
More local fresh produce went into the dessert we had, which managed to be the perfect foil for the richness of the lamb. A ‘koldskål’ – cold soup – of melon and basil contained pieces of fruit and a crunchy biscotti.
At lunchtime, Wilson’s Nordic Bar & Kitchen offers a choice of snacks, open sandwiches on rye bread, salads, lunch dishes, and one of Palma’s best three-course set lunch menus (which includes water and coffee). They also offer a kids’ two-course lunch (and dinner) menu that’s sure to suit the pickiest of junior diners.
Dinner options include Wilson’s tasting menu, with optional wine pairing.
Michael Wilson understands that the personality of personnel plays an important role. In Palma, he appointed a service team led by Miguel Barceló.
If a trip to Copenhagen to experience New Nordic cuisine is out of the question, just book a table at Wilson’s Nordic Bar & Kitchen. ‘God appetit’, as they say in Denmark…