Finally, spring is right here, the sun is out all day and you just want to make the most of it. At this time of the year, one of my favorite places for lunch is Amadip Esment’s large sunny terrace at Plaça Es Pes de Sa Palla. It’s a beautiful place right in the heart of historic Palma, yet off the beaten tracks. But apart from the terrace, there’s more that makes the café bearing the same name so special: a tasty kitchen, plus a great initiative behind it all.
I usually go for the complete three-course lunch menu – it’s always amazing. The fish couldn’t be more fresh, the meat more tender. The vegetables are crisp and colorful, and whether it is soup or salad, cooked or raw, it tastes delicious. Mind you, desert is a real challenge with treats like tiramisu, brownie and fresh fruit. And the strawberry season has only just begun…. The café botiga is run by Amadip Esment, a foundation that works with and trains young people with learning difficulties, providing jobs, apprenticeships, accommodation, support for their families, and much more. But if you didn’t know about that before, you aren’t likely to notice it at all.
The café is open for breakfast and lunch, it is always well frequented and a great place to meet with your family or friends. Don’t worry, there are many tables in- as well as outside, so you usually find a couple of free seats. On your way home or back to work, stop by at Amadips’s botiga next door and get some fruits, veggies and a bottle of wine for your own kitchen. It all comes from their own domains and is fully eco. Supporting this initiative means doing good and treating yourself – what else could you want?
**** Read my interview with Montserrat Fuster Cabrer, President of Amadip Esment – Café con Montserrat: Everybody needs somebody ****