For more than a century Santa Catalina had a lively community center, a haven for fishermen, workers, rope- and shoemakers that provided health care, advice and a sense of belonging. As much as the neighbourhood has changed over the years, the place still attracts a pretty diverse crowd. Locals as well as guests from all over the world and of all ages, couples on a first date, birthday parties and business people meet at Patrón Lunares, the restaurant which is now the heart of the barrio.
The menu is not limited to fish and seafood but I always go for that. All the more so since Patrón Lunares has a great raw bar. A legendary starter is his guacamole: the ingredients come in a mortar and you prepare the mole yourself at the table. My own favorite, however, is Mallorcan Tomato Salad, made with those incredible local tomatoes that get all the sun you can possibly imagine. The ceviche is special, too, and comes with a tasty, slightly hot avocado sauce. In case you’re craving some meat the Patrón Burger is always an option. And don’t miss a piece of tarta de lemon with your café solo.
You can dine outside on the boardwalk but I love the cantina’s large, lofty room with its fancy maritime decor even better. The paintings of solemn fishermen along the walls are actually portraits of the new owners. Patrón Lunares, however, was a real person named Miguel Bonet Oliver, at his time one of the best and youngest trawler captains of Mallorca. He stood up for his neighborhood, committed to hard work and social responsibility. The children in Santa Catalina loved him for his kind and generous way.
It was no coincidence that Estilo Palma’s first article was about Patrón Lunares. Suso Ramos from Addict had told me about the new restaurant. He is a reliable trend scout, for fashion as well as for exciting new food venues. Ever since, I have returned to Patrón several times, with family, friends and colleagues. The place embodies many things Estilo Palma is about: Mallorcan tradition and contemporary style, dedicated people, great Mediterranean food, and a unique atmosphere. Awarded a Bib Gourmand this year by the prestigious Michelin Guide. Here’s a sequel to my initial post “A very special canteen: Patrón Lunares”.