Michelin-starred Es Fum opens for 2014 season

The Es Fum team with the hotel director (right). Rafal is second from right.

The Es Fum team with the hotel director (right). Rafal is second from right.

Es Fum – one of Mallorca’s five Michelin-starred restaurants – opens for the new season today, with a new executive chef at the helm. Rafael Sánchez has taken the post vacated last year by the Austrian chef Thomas Kahl.

Rafael – who was the chef of the former Plat d’Or restaurant (Arabella Golf Hotel), Michelin-starred in its day – moved with his family from Badalona to Mallorca in 1974, when he was just 17 days old. If following in the footsteps of Kahl was a daunting prospect, you wouldn’t know it.  Rafa seems to be a modest and down-to-earth chef, who’s learnt his craft carefully over the past two decades.  His cuisine is based on high-quality seasonal local ingredients.

Tasting menus

The tasting format menu from previous years continues at Es Fum, but the creative new dishes are Rafa’s own. Choose from 6-course, 8-course, and 10-course tasting menus, and vegetarian and children’s menus. Even junior gourmets are catered for here – not a chicken nugget in sight!

I was lucky enough to attend the press lunch to launch the new season. We were all curious to know how Rafa intended to impress us – and it didn’t take long to find out. After some very delicious canapés , we sat down to a menu comprising dishes from the various tasting menus:

Shellfish tasting plate with a sea water and lime emulsion, salad leaves and sprouts


Cold cannelloni of mango and cod with confit tomatoes and vinaigrette of oranges and spring herbs


Infusion of green asparagus with a ‘sausage’ of cuttlefish and sobrasada

Shaved and marinated sea scallops, raw radishes and iced white garlic with coconut dressing
Grilled foie with a calvados sauce and apple gnocchettis
Baby fillets of veal with potatoes and mascarpone, red onions with port wine and carrot chips
Breast of Caneton duck in a fennel and sun-dried tomato crust, caramelized banana and artichoke chips
Textures of chocolate
A chocoholic's delight

A chocoholic’s delight

Es Fum is a luxurious restaurant – the fresh flower arrangements are spectacular and I love the little stool that’s provided to put a handbag on. And, having tried Rafa’s cuisine for this year, it’s still a really special restaurant.
Thomas Kahl has left – but Rafael Sánchez has arrived . . . in great style.
Spring flowers decorate Es Fum

Spring flowers decorate Es Fum

The restaurant is located within the 5-star St Regis Mardavall Mallorca hotel, with indoor and terrace seating. The latter has views of the gardens and Mediterranean beyond. It’s open from Thursdays to Mondays inclusive.


Categories: Chefs, Food, Hotels, Michelin, Restaurants

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