Two Mallorcan restaurant industry people for whom I have a lot of respect were among those honoured yesterday in the 2014 – 3rd edition – awards from l’Associació de Periodistes i Escriptors Gastronòmics de Balears. I’m not a member, although I do often write about gastronomy professionally, as well as on this blog. Perhaps if I spoke Catalan I could join this group of like-minded people?
I digress. To the awards:
Andreu Genestra received the chef of the year award. He owns the eponymous Andreu Genestra, within the Hotel Predí Son Jaumell, and the new Aromata restaurant in Palma de Mallorca. Andreu Genestra won a Michelin star for 2015 – so the year has started well for this talented Mallorcan chef. I recently had lunch with a couple of girlfriends in Aromata and its lunchtime menu del día is excellent value at 15,50 euros, and includes a glass of wine, water, beer or soft drink, and coffee.
Manuel Pérez received the award for maître d’/sommelier. Manuel is charming, professional and highly knowledgeable, and is usually found at Tomeu Caldentey’s Michelin-starred Es Molí d’en Bou restaurant in Sa Coma.
This winter, while the seasonal Es Molí d’en Bou is closed, Tomeu has reopened Taronja Negre, in the old mill building in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar that formerly housed Es Molí d’en Bou and the bistro. We were the first diners through the door on the night that Taronja Negre reopened; we were big fans of the original version. The first person we saw was Manuel, running front-of-house, and he made us – and the later arrivals – feel really welcome.
Taronja Negre has an innovative and fun new concept of delicious food for sharing, and is open from Thursdays to Sundays. Since our dinner there, we have returned to Taronja Negre for their Sunday ‘Vermut Time’ offering: a vermouth-based cocktail with tapas. If there’s a better way to end a brisk Sunday morning walk, I haven’t found it yet!
Taronja Negre is at Carrer Sol, 13 in Sant Llorenç. Opening hours are Thursdays-Saturdays 13:00-15:30h and 19:00-22:30h. Sundays they’re open for lunch 13:00-15:30h and Vermut Time is from 12:00-14:00h on Sundays and public holidays.
Tel 971 838 406