Tapas on Mallorca at Factoria Gastro Bar, Manacor

Today – the third Thursday in June – has been designated World Tapas Day (El Día Mundial de la Tapa). It seems the perfect occasion to mention a place in Manacor that we have only recently tried for the first time.

Chef Tomeu Bauzá’s Factoria Gastro Bar has been open in Manacor’s Plaza Weyler for a while and, when we left the town’s recent spring wine fair feeling a bit peckish, it seemed the perfect opportunity to try some of the tapas on offer.

Close to the town’s imposing church, Factoria has a front terrace for alfresco dining. On that Saturday evening all these tables were occupied or reserved, so we sat at a table indoors. The decor is attractive and includes wall plaques with quirky maxims (in English), and the (rather flattering) vintage-style lighting that glows in numerous eateries and bars. Sadly, said lighting doesn’t make for the best photos when using an iPad, as I was that evening.

From the menu

The menu is tweaked every two to three weeks and comprises tapas, salads, meat and fish dishes, and desserts. A few ‘specials’ are usually available too. We shared two tapas from the menu: Vietnamese rolls made with marinated salmon and honey and mustard sauce (7,50 euros for four pieces) and skewer of spicy prawns with tomato and kimchi (six prawns for 8 euros). Our server made the special of tuna tartar (20 euros) sound appealing so we also shared a portion of that, although it was more a main-course size than a tapa. (Having said that, the size of tapas in many places seems to have grown somewhat from the traditional small morsel served in a dish often used to cover a glass of wine or beer!).

With the above, a glass of rosado wine and an alcohol-free beer (Buckler), the bill came to exactly 40 euros. We’ll definitely return to Factoria to eat again.

'Brocheta' of spicy prawns with tomato and kimchi

‘Brocheta’ of spicy prawns with tomato and kimchi

Vietnamese rolls

Vietnamese rolls

Tartar of tuna

Tartar of tuna

Urban chic decor

Urban chic decor

Decor detail

Decor detail

Chef Tomeu in front of his modern kitchen

Chef Tomeu in front of his modern kitchen

Here are links to a few other posts here about tapas on Mallorca:

Innovative tapas with a view over the Bay of Palma

Mallorca palace venue for Peccata Minuta

Back at San Juan Gastronomic Market in Palma

TaPalma

Learning to cook gourmet tapas in Palma

 

©Jan Edwards/June 2016

 

 



Categories: Cafes and bars, Chefs, Food, Restaurants, Tapas

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