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.
Here are links to a few other posts here about tapas on Mallorca:
©Jan Edwards/June 2016