Anyone returning to the Michelin-starred Marc Fosh (previously Simply Fosh) after not visiting for a while will discover that Jaime Cáceres no longer works there. The former director of Marc Fosh Restaurants is now at the helm of another restaurant – which he co-owns with Kevin Becker, of Fosh Catering.
Don de Gentes is located on the outskirts of Palma in the San Agustín neighbourhood and has now been open for four months. In a side street off the busy through road, the premises were previously home to a more traditional local restaurant. The new owners gave it a total makeover: it’s casual, yet Scandi-style fresh, with light wood furniture and attractive lighting. There’s a front terrace for al fresco dining, but we preferred the look of the interior and opted to sit indoors. Total restaurant capacity is 38 covers.
Don de Gentes offers a small but interesting menu of starters, mains, and desserts – with the culinary concept designed by Kevin. While we studied the menu, Jaime – a hands-on co-owner – brought us a basket of focaccia and fried Indian bread. This came with a really delicious carrot hummus.
We began by sharing a lovely fresh-tasting ceviche. I followed this with quinoa salad with grilled halloumi with dried cherries and pomegranate (9.50€), while The Boss had marinated sea bream with pickled onions, pink peppercorns, and fennel (12,50€). Our main courses were hot smoked salmon with green peas, mint, and horseradish crème fraîche (18€), and red mullet with fresh turmeric, coconut and Bombay Kabbouleh (17€). The latter was particularly delicious.
Desserts had to be tried: The Boss had cheesecake ice cream sandwich with passion fruit (6€) and I had strawberry and orange cassoulet with Grand Marnier and crème fraîche (6€).
We really enjoyed our dinner here, and service was attentive and professional yet friendly – as you’d expect from the experienced Jaime (who speaks several languages).
While San Agustín admittedly wouldn’t be my first choice of area in Palma to eat out, Don de Gentes is definitely worth a visit. There’s on-street parking in the area, a pay car park within walking distance at Calanova, or take a taxi or bus. Bus numbers 3, 46, or 20 all stop on the nearby main road.
And say hello to Jaime from me when you go!
During the summer, Don de Gentes has been open for dinner only (from 6pm) on weekdays (except Wednesdays, when it’s closed all day), and for lunch and dinner at weekends. Check Facebook or their website for the current opening times if you decide to visit.
C/ Margarita Retuerto, 3
San Agustín, Palma
Tel +34 871 701 459