A friend from Valldemossa had strongly recommended Es Taller for the end of our hike. He did not exaggerate. The restaurant named garage is actually located in a former, carefully renovated car repair shop. And it is still a great place to recharge your batteries. It even offers oil changes. With extra virgin olive oil instead of motor oil, of course. The sign with the popular Michelin Man outside witnesses the history of Es Taller.
The emblematic mascot of the tire manufacturer fits the new business just as well. Bibendum, or Bib for short, has been a signpost for travelers for more than a hundred years. In the meantime, Michelin is at least as famous for its gourmet guide as for its tires. And even if Es Taller cannot claim a respective award, yet, the Michelin sign does not mislead you.
In the large open kitchen, chef Nicolás Aubert and his team skillfully combine local and seasonal ingredients with international recipes and spices. From our table we could watch Nico picking some vegetables and herbs in the garden and returning to the stove. Can a meal be any fresher? We indulged in the dishes loaded with crunchy greens and intense flavors.
And fancy names, like “Iberic pork on a walk in Bangkok”. A neat description of Spanish-Thai fusion that came with cashews, shiitakes and coriander. The figs with burrata and ham were simply a perfect match. The tuna ceviche went well with the rich passion fruit chili, and the sea bream green curry was hot and heavenly.
Es Taller’s past as a workshop remains unmistakable but discreet. A successful conversion, cool and cozy at the same time. Golden afternoon light streams through the large windows. And on the terrace you can enjoy the vista of garden and mountains. Our friend from Valldemossa had raved about the lamb on the menu, but for that we will return to Es Taller some other time. When the next inspection or cambio de aceite is due.