On my way back from Algaida to Palma I had passed the location many times by bike. But it was only when Raúl García opened his restaurant Katarsis there recently that I stopped to have lunch. I already knew Raúl’s extraordinary cooking skills from his time at Fosh Lab. What a pleasure to meet him again in his own restaurant together with his wife Mariana and their colleague Kati. Hungry cyclists appreciate Katarsis’ terrace for a short break and a hearty snack. And sometimes nothing compares to a decent bocadillo or tostada. But Katarsis has much more to offer.
Katarsis serves a weekly changing lunch menu of three or five courses and a nice selection of platos especiales. Raúl’s dishes look like small pieces of colorful art and they taste just as fabulous. Like the gazpacho with tuna tartar and watermelon, the stuffed aubergine or the cod fish with peas. The vino de la casa recommended by Kati was an ideal companion. And the frutos rojos con yogurt with a café solo perfectly rounded off our meal.
On Friday and Saturday Katarsis also offers a tasting menu at night. Or you come for a cocktail in their cozy lounge area. What used to be a fireplace now features a selection of books and a leather sofa. The walls are decorated with framed photographs by Miki Sarábiez.
Algaida is Raúl’s home town. Conveniently located in the center of the island my friends from France frequently choose it as their base camp when cycling on Mallorca. They are also serious foodies and love to discover new restaurants. They’ll be back in September and for sure we will meet at Katarsis. Raúl Garcías’ dishes certainly bear comparison with French cuisine.