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Wednesday October 11, 2017

Scrumptious fare at Santi Taura of Lloseta

A smiling waiter presents us with our bottle of Twenty Twelve

One of my guilty pleasures here in Mallorca is returning again and again to restaurants that awaken all the senses and offer a gastronomic experience that isn’t about pomp, mores and manners but rather focusing on relaxation, warmth of ambience and the food and wine. Friendly, informed and discreet staff go a long way to making the experience special too.

So that’s why one of my favoured boltholes is Santi Taura found in a modest townhouse in the unassuming village of Lloseta. Despite being away from the cut and thrust of Palma life and any of the main tourist hot spots, this intimate and petite restaurant is always completely full and that’s because it has a waiting list for the cognoscenti; those who know their onions from their rognons. It represents exceptional value too.

today I popped by – actually that’s a fib – I stayed for nigh on three hours, savouring appetisers and a five-course exquisite menu del día that included the likes of pumpkin soup, fish croquette, burballes pasta, local white fish, squid and onion, slow cooked black pig with ensaimada, caramelised aubergines, rose ice cream and on and on it went!

I dined with my good chum, Deirdre O’Connor, founder of Mallorcan Tonic that offers great out of season deals at many of Mallorca’s leading hotels. We chose a bottle of Twenty Twelve a deep and delectable ruddy-hued rosé from the organic finca, Es Fangar which is owned by German couple, the Eisenmanns. A combination of Callet, Manto Negro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah created a memorable crisp wine of huge flavour and delicacy.

Next time I am keen to sample Dins, the rather longer and more indulgent menu offered by the lovely Santi, the eponymous owner, in another hideaway room. But first I’ll need to starve myself for a week!

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