Since this post was written we have eaten at Quince on many occasions and it has become one of our favourite places to eat out. The ownership has also changed: Martín L Segura – who used to work for Mario Hekke at Sa Sal – bought the place in September 2015. The same fantastic team runs the place, and the menu now offers a greater choice of dishes. Highly recommended – and it features in the abcMallorca Top 101 Restaurants 2017.
After a busy festive season, Quince is closed for a winter break from Tuesday, January 10th until March 9th, 2017. On Monday 9th January it is open for lunch only.
It’s Friday. I finished a big writing task this morning and, as the sun was shining and lunchtime looming, we decided to go out for lunch today. It seemed the perfect opportunity to try a place we spotted during a recent walk. But it was closed for a few days’ holiday.Plan B was to try Quince in Porto Cristo – another place that’s been on our list, since I discovered that it’s under the same ownership (Mario Stephan Hekke) as the excellent Sa Sal, also in Porto Cristo. Quince opened last year and has a terrace looking down over the quay where the fishing boats moor. Quince – the Spanish word for 15 – is described as a restaurante & cantina and has arguably the best restaurant terrace location in the port.
Indoors, the décor is light and contemporary, with some interesting artefacts around the place, and a mixture of seating (some tables with stools, others with chairs). We sat outside in the sunshine, watching a fisherman painstakingly sort out what looked like a tangle of nets. (Another reason why I wouldn’t want to be a fisherman).
Good to know: Dishes here are freshly prepared and cooked to order so, if you’re time-pressured, save a visit to Quince for an occasion when you have more time to appreciate eating here.
We intended to have a main course each, but ended up also sharing a starter (chipirones with tzatziki sauce) and a dessert. And not regretting any of it.
The menu changes around once a fortnight, and Mariano Sasso – who runs the place – told us there would be more dishes once the season gets underway and the kitchen team expands.
For the main course, I had a Thai-style fresh sea bream, that had been stuffed with lemon slices, lemongrass, and a little slivered garlic. It was served with a mix of vegetables that had been cooked to retain some bite – really delicious. The Boss opted for what was described as roast chicken with potato salad. He actually had a small expertly roasted poussin. The potato salad – a title which definitely didn’t do this dish justice – consisted of new potato chunks cooked with apple juice, with thin slices of onion and slivers of ham. No mayonnaise in sight. The Boss loved it.A dessert with a heritage
Mariano recommended a particular dessert and we succumbed: an olive oil cake with almond ice cream, scattered with almond chunks. Well, it’s almond blossom time on Mallorca – and there were almond blossoms in the pot of flowers on our table – so how could we refuse? Mariano told us the cake recipe was based on a recipe of around 50 years ago – a time when Mallorcan housewives couldn’t have afforded to use butter in baking. The cake was moist, not too sweet, and moreish. Should have asked for the recipe . . .
We were impressed by Quince – location, the place, the food, and the service. I’d score it 15 out of 15 . . .
C/ Veri 1, Porto Cristo
Tel +34 971 821 830