Tasca de Blanquerna

Price guide: Budget

C/ Blanquerna 6, Palma, Majorca, 07003

Price guide: Budget

Plates of deliciousness

By Tara Stevens, your Palma expert

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#2 of 8
expert-rated restaurants in Palma
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.9
4.9
Ambience:
5
5.0
Service:
4.9
4.9
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.9
4.9
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, No fuss, People watching, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of Tasca de Blanquerna

Palma’s premier bistro and the hottest opening of 2010.

Part tapas bar, part bistro, this place oozes the kind of good time vibes that breaking bread together is all about. The regional Spanish cooking is pretty great too.

Food and drink: 

Imagine the kind of sturdy, comforting fare your granny might have made had you grown up in Spain and she happened to be a very good cook. Add some unexpected, but very clever, flavour combinations. Finally a delicious local wine by the glass. And there you have it: the new Spanish bistro.

Recommended dishes: 

This is a tough one. I’m mad for the escalivada (Catalan-style grilled veggies) topped with smoked mahi-mahi, white onion and smoky Idiazabal cheese soup topped with mushroom ragu, beef cheeks with chickpea puree, and perhaps a strawberry gazpacho to finish. Sounds like a lot I know, but portion sizes make it all possible.

Ambience: 

It is smart enough to feel special, local enough to feel truly Palma. But key, at least to my mind, is the open-plan arrangement of the place which makes it feel so intoxicatingly social. Full marks.

Service: 

It’s trademark Fosh to train staff not so much to serve as connect. By the time you leave you and your waiter could well be on first name terms and trading numbers.

Location: 

As neighbourhoods go, anything above the Comte de Sallent Avenue was always a bit out on a limb, the kind of place you went to by accident. However, the recent pedestrianisation of the C/Blanquera suggests that could all change some day soon.

Price advice: 

Value all the way, especially when you consider the cosseting nature of the experience. The three course lunch menu for €14 is a bargain (and changes daily).

Tables to book: 

I like to sit perched at the kitchen bar where you can watch work in progress.

Other useful branches: 

Simply Fosh

More information on Tasca de Blanquerna:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Bistro, Tapas bar, Wine bar
Food:
Catalan, Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas, Traditional
Address:
C/ Blanquerna 6, Palma, Majorca, 07003
Telephone:
971 290 108
Website:
http://www.foshfood.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 1pm-4pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Closed Sundays and Monday evenings.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Tasca de Blanquerna? Would you recommended it?