El Rocio: Traditional Tapas in Palma de Mallorca
I discovered a gem of southern Spanish Tapas right in the heart of Mallorca. Situated a few minutes walk from Plaza de Espana on Carrer Faust Morell 5, this is a place worth visiting time and time again. I had rented an apartment literally just around the corner, and went into the restaurant to have a cortado. Although no one spoke English, the warmth and hospitality of the staff was evident.
A traditional ultra clean Spanish restaurant interior welcomes as you enter the door.
One of the nice things about traditional cafes and restaurants, is that it becomes a ‘local’ place and regulars (like me) are made. I met some absolutely charming people. some who could not speak English, but still welcomed me and some who spoke English and took the opportunity to practice on me.
One of the people who came into the restaurant, a well known local artist, Yolanda Adrover. She introduced me to different Tapas and local life and customs and we talked and laughed many a night. A wonderful person and very creative and hospitable.
Her work is available in book form, based on her exhibitions.
The food at el Rocio is prepared fresh from the raw natural ingedients. I laughed one day when someone brought in a can of home prepared asparagus for me to try, and the restaurant did not possess a can opener.
My favourite Spanish food is Jamon. El Rocio has some of the finest Iberico just hanging from racks waiting to be used or sold to people buying a whole leg for home.
I partook of many slices of the jamon..
Then there is the amazing fresh tapas!
And this is the man that makes all the magic happen. “Senor Francisco”… known as Paco. Very quiet and unflappable and generous.