Somehow, Plaça Drassana always reminds me of Campo de‘ Fiori in Rome. Situated on the edge of busy La Lonja it’s not as glamorous as Palma’s more famous places, and except for the summer months there is something sleepy about the neighborhood. This is just why I love to come here. You wouldn’t expect a chic restaurant like Sadrassana on that cozy plaça. Yet, it’s a great venue to have drinks and dinner with friends on special occasions.
The vintage interior design of both the bar and the restaurant in that beautiful historic mansion is really extraordinary. But before you take a seat don’t miss the chance to sneak off to the upper floors. While most museums come with a café or bistro, today, Sadrassana is a restaurant with a passion for art. The renowned Palmesan Galeria Horrach Moya occupies the upstairs introducing its guests to quite a different hors d’oeuvre, or dessert respectively.
After a visit into the world of Marina Abramović and Mallorcan painter Pep Girbent I was ready for a most tasty culinary voyage. Maybe it was my mind-set but some of our dishes looked like small pieces of art, too. Tumbet, a typical local vegetable dish, came with a a candied egg yolk in spicy tomato jam. It made all the difference. Or my rack of lamb that was decorated with a lime green side – mashed green peas and mint. I’l definitely try this recipe at home. The postre was probably the best I had in a long time: almond biscuit millefeuille with orange meringue, vanilla english cream and toasted almond ice cream.
Erick Llofriu Moulaert, new chef at Sadrassana, and his kitchen team composed a wonderful menu, often reinterpreting traditional Mallorcan dishes in a lighter and more modern style. It comes as no surprise that Sadrassana has been awarded the prestigious Sol Repsol – Spanish-Portugese equivalent to the Michelin star – for two years in a row, now. And rightly so. Congrats!
**** In the meantime, Sadrassana has changed its gastronomic concept. But it’s still a great venue and definitely worth a visit. ****