UPDATE JUNE 2020: Zaranda will not reopen this year at Castell Son Claret. Santi Taura restaurant in Lloseta has closed. Santi is now at the helm of the restaurant DINS Santi Taura in Palma de Mallorca at the Hotel El Llorenç – which will reopen in July.
The publication Fuera de Serie – aimed at lovers of luxury and the good life – has just published its 7th annual ranking of the 50 most-in-demand restaurants in Spain. The list shows how far ahead you need to book a table to eat at each restaurant. According to their findings, the longest wait is 11 months, for the renowned Celler Can Roca in Girona. The amazing Roca brothers can’t now fit you in until July 2017 at the earliest.
You won’t have to wait quite as long to get a table at the two restaurants on Mallorca that made it into the top 50.
For Fernando P Arellano’s 2-Michelin-star Zaranda (at the 5-star Castell Son Claret hotel in the southwest of the island) you need to book two weeks in advance – worth bearing in mind when planning a visit to Mallorca. It will be worth the wait.
Book well ahead for Santi Taura
Interestingly, the other Mallorcan restaurant on the list has no Michelin star (yet) … and it’s all the way up at number three. The third most-in-demand-restaurant in Spain is Santi Taura in the small town of Lloseta. Named after its talented and passionate young Mallorcan chef, this restaurant has a waiting list of six months and two weeks, reports Fuera de Serie.
I hardly believed it the first time I phoned to book a table, several years ago. Six months? Really?! It made me want to eat there even more than I already did. And, yes, it was just over six months later that we finally succeeded in securing our table and enjoying Santi Taura’s superb food. I later discovered that some friends make batch bookings ahead for a table here, so they have the dates in the diary – rather like people who commute between Mallorca and the UK and book a string of flights in advance.
Santi is passionate about authentic Mallorcan cuisine and the ingredients produced on the island. The restaurant has a simple concept: a weekly-changing tasting menu of three starters, fish and meat dishes, and dessert. And if you fancy some cheese as well, that’s an available option. At time of writing, this treat costs 37 euros (excluding VAT, cheese course, and drinks).
A restaurant within a restaurant
Early in 2016 Santi opened a second restaurant called Dins – the Catalan (and probably Mallorcan) word for ‘inside’. It’s an appropriate name as Dins is located inside the existing eponymous restaurant. Our lunch there was a memorable and unique gastronomic experience on Mallorca and I’ll be writing about it soon.
Santi Taura (the chef) is not only super-talented, he also seems to have a smile on his face most of the time. Could it be because he knows he has six months of advance bookings?
UPDATE: JULY 2019. Santi Taura and DINS Santi Taura in Lloseta have now closed. Santi is relocating DINS Santi Taura to Palma this summer and will be located in the new El Llorenç Hotel.
©Jan Edwards 2016