There is no such thing as a Mediterranean brunch tradition. Yet over the years it has become a popular thing on Mallorca, too. One of my favorite places for a long late breakfast with friends is Santosha. The cozy restaurant hides on a small side street connecting contemporary Bonaire with the Medieval neighborhood of Carrer Concepció. On a Sunday morning it is packed with a happy crowd enjoying treats from the kitchen. When a foodie friend from Edinburgh came back to Palma recently we happily agreed to meet for a bite at Santosha.
To begin with: The omelette was maybe one of the best I ever had. It came with fresh coriander, green chili, spices and cheese. The poached eggs on spinach and herb yogurt were picture-perfect, just like the crispy tacos. If you have a sweet tooth go for homemade granola, a colorful fruit salad or pancakes with berry compote and vanilla yoghurt. Or check the cake buffet. How about a piece of cheesecake with a touch of ginger, or some sephardic orange and almond cake?
The menu changes seasonally featuring vegetarian and vegan options, local free-range meat and sustainably sourced fish. Above all it reflects the different cultural backgrounds of Ruth and Eran Gindi, their love of traveling and their commitment to local, organic food. After long years of sailing the oceans the couple finally moored in Palma and opened their own restaurant, naming it Santosha.
The term refers to an ancient Indian concept of contentment, encouraging you to be satisfied and pleased, to become quiet and calm. “Choose happiness” says the wall next to the kitchen. Well, you already did just entering the restaurant. Gothic limestone arches contrast with a casual modern interior. Some quiet jazzy tunes and Eran’s endearing way to welcome his guests make you feel at ease right away. Santosha is open for breakfast and lunch but you can also arrange for a private dinner. And what is a kids playground during the day turns into a cinema room at night.