New restaurants open almost every week in Palma de Mallorca and, by the time we get around to trying them, some have already closed down. But one restaurant that’s well established in Mallorca’s cosmopolitan capital is Simply Fosh. This and Misa Braseria (just a few minutes’ walk away) are both owned by Marc Fosh – the British chef who became the first (and is still the only) Brit to gain the approval of Michelin’s Spanish inspectors. His Michelin star was for his cuisine at Bacchus restaurant at Reads Hotel, but he left that behind to start his own gastronomic empire in Palma.
To find Simply Fosh you have locate the Hotel Convent de la Missió – a 17th-century building that’s now a smart contemporary hotel and home to this renowned restaurant. It’s in a quiet lane and you’re unlikely to stumble across the place unless you are one of those people (like me) who can’t resist the possible hidden promise of a shaded narrow lane.
New bar for Simply Fosh
The restaurant has just relocated its bar into a spacious room with a vaulted stone ceiling (previously used as a private dining room) and an open toolbox on the floor told us they were just putting the finishing touches to it. It looks stylish. When it comes to dining (Simply Fosh is open for lunch and dinner), you can eat indoors or alfresco in the central courtyard. Our favourite table in summer (if it’s too hot for us to eat outside) is by a ‘wall of water’ feature that makes you feel cooler just sitting by it.
Fantastic value lunch
There’s no longer an à la carte menu but, instead, three set/tasting menus and, at lunchtime (Monday to Saturday) a weekly changing set lunch, with choice of two starters, three mains and two desserts. At 23,50 euros plus VAT (IVA in Spanish) it’s extremely good value for the quality. Example dishes from this week’s menu included a starter of duck and foie gras terrine with cherries and rose tea jelly, main course of sea bass, olive oil, raisins, dried tomatoes and pine nuts, and dessert of rhubarb, raspberries, mascarpone and basil. As you can tell, Marc doesn’t go in for fancy descriptions of his dishes, which feature the freshest of local produce (Palma’s largest market – Mercat Olivar – is a handy few minutes’ walk away). His cuisine is Mediterranean, unfussy, healthy and downright delicious. It also looks beautiful. Perhaps the best thing about set/tasting menus is that the dishes have been chosen by the chef to complement each other and to ensure that ingredients, flavours and textures are well balanced. How many of us always consider those aspects when selecting dishes from à la carte menus?
The three menus are as follows:
Menu Simply – three-courses for 45,50 euros plus VAT.
Menu of the Season – four courses for 52,50 euros plus VAT.
Tasting Menu – seven courses for 75 euros plus VAT.
For a supplementary charge you can have matched wines with any of these menus.
Marc has a great team – led by restaurant director Jaime Cáceres (who trained in Switzerland). When we ate there yesterday, Mike – our server – looked after us efficiently and with a smile.
Lunch or dinner at Simply Fosh (www.simplyfosh.com) is highly recommended if you visit Palma de Mallorca – but do book in advance. Simply Fosh’s tucked-away location is no deterrent when it comes to seeking out Marc Fosh’s renowned cuisine.