C/Tritones s/n, Puerto Alcúdia, Majorca, 07410
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- Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Restaurante Jardín
Ask any island gastronome and they’ll tell you: the most technically brilliant cook on the island is Macarena de Castro - a dynamic young woman with an obvious passion for her craft and ingredients of the island.
Macarena doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff and you’ll find plenty of challenging dishes mixed in with the more familiar on the menu. You’ll also see lots of influences from hotshots like Andoni Aduritz (of Mugaritz in San Sebastian) and Ferran Adrìa (of El Bulli, Roses). Most importantly, though, she'll take you on a journey, producing something unexpected on every turn.
On a recent nine-course tasting menu (this changes every two weeks) I enjoyed beef sweetbreads on potato parmentier, brightly flavoured fish broth topped with slivers of raw Sollér prawn, coriander shoots and cockles, hefty pigs trotters with a slow-poached egg and chickpea juice, and a persimmon soup with ribbons of licor de Palo (a local digestif). Like I said, it's not necessarily easy, but it is good.
This is quite a formal restaurant arranged around a vast space. The ground floor and garden is pretty for summer dining and makes a pleasing, more casual backdrop to the high-level food. Upstairs, you’ll find a rather clever bamboo garden made of glass and created by Macarena’s uncle. It’s not a place for raucous parties, and the atmosphere is rather sedate.
I felt extremely well looked after given that I was dining alone on a recent visit - someone checked in on me from time to time without suffocating me. Great sommeliers took on board my request for only Majorcan wines and gave lots of advice and options.
The restaurant is a little difficult to find since it’s not technically in the Port Alcudia. When you get near to the port follow signs that take you in the direction of Artà and Can Picafort. Once over the third roundabout you’ll see a sign for Jardín.
There is only one tasting menu which costs 60 euros, not including IVA (VAT).
More information on Restaurante Jardín:
- Price guide:
- Catalan, Mediterranean, Modern, Spanish
- C/Tritones s/n, Puerto Alcúdia, Majorca, 07410
- 971 892 391
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Tue-Sat 1.30pm-3.30pm, 8pm-11pm. Sunday 1.30pm-3.30pm. Closed Monday, and 1st Jan - 15th March.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times
- Free tags / Keywords:
- New Majorcan Cuisine