We discovered this gorgeous place the night before its official opening, strolling through Sa Gerreria. Sotiris Damianos, one of the owners, invited us in – and we have returned on many occasions, since then. Sometimes just for some of their tasty pintxos (a special kind of tapas, consisting of a slice of white bread with a fancy topping) and a glass of local wine.
But the menue, too, is worth exploring. My first choice is a salad made of artichoke leaves, baby spinach and Mallorcan ham – all blended in a pan and served slightly warm. Delicious! If you come for lunch, the kitchen offers a special three-course-menue that comes with a beverage – always a good and tasty bargain!
But it is not only the food I come for, it’s also the wonderful interior with its great eclectic selection of furniture and decoration. Too bad, the Ensaimada table is gone (a very long and narrow table a baker from the neighborhood used to prepare the famous Mallorcan cake), it was fun to share it with other guests – or occupying it with a bunch of friends.
Sa Gerreria, by the way, is one of the oldest parts of Palma, and once the quarter of the artisans. Just a few years ago, it had been an absolute no-go area, and with its great but decaying, uninhabited palacios (city palaces) and its dark narrow streets a prime spot for drug dealing and prostitution. Within the last few years, however, the quarter has changed a lot. Eventually, houses were renovated and streets illuminated, young and creative Palmesanos started their own business here, and fancy bars and restaurants sprang up like mushrooms. Yours to discover!
PS: Quina Creu is an expression in Mallorqui, Sotiris told me, describing a desire for relief at the end of a day – something like „What a day“!