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.
Best of Spanish Asian fusion in Palma
Notenom was opened in 2012 by the Miguel Moya and wife Magdalena team, with the purpose of creating a Fusion between the fabulous Spanish cuisine and the exotic flavours of Asia. Notenom is the place to go for a truly international blend of gastronomic delight. Already a firm TripAdvisor listed restaurant in the top 20 of Mallorcas fine dining eateries.
Miguels kitchen uses only daily purchased fresh produce. From the fish to the meat to the vegetables, everything is prepared in the kitchen without compromise from the raw materials and turned into a taste sensation.
Notenom has an extensive and distinguished wine cellar to offer the discerning diner.
The after dinner selection of innovative desserts and a choice of the finest coffees has to be tasted to be believed.
Notenom has an extensive lunch and dinner menu at the most reasonable prices in Palma, and also offers their extensive experience in group catering for internal or external events.
In Spain, Mayonesa de Leche is a staple. To make Garlic Aioli, just add the required quantity of garlic to the milk and blend before the oil is added.(Start with half a clove and work up. You have been warned. )
Try mixing 25% Olive oil with the light oil if you want a stronger taste. Be careful.. adding too much Olive Oil can spoil the taste. This is one of my favourite all time Spanish additions to salads and potatoes and as a dip.