There’s a lot to like about Santosha, the organic café and kitchen in central Palma. It’s a reasonably priced eatery that originally opened only during the day but now also serves dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Ruth – who’s Irish – is the chef (she used to be a yacht chef); her husband Eran is front of house and used to be a yacht captain. They’re a lovely welcoming couple.
Santosha offers wholesome fresh food, based on seasonal, local, organic, and fairly traded ingredients. It’s food from the heart and soul, served in a friendly and comfortable setting.
Live music on Saturday nights
On Saturday nights there’s live music at Santosha. We tried dinner there for the first time last weekend, when saxophonist Marlon Martinez Arriola was playing smooth jazz. Between numbers he revealed a great character and we hope he’ll play there again.
The dinner was a set menu with choices for each of the three courses. The Boss enjoyed a beetroot, feta, and sliced cabbage salad with seeds (8€), whilst I had hummus with grilled vegetables, olives, home-made pickles, and pitta bread (9€). Both starters were delicious and generously portioned.
Santosha uses only organic grass-fed meat and The Boss chose rosemary and marjoram lamb with braised lentils and kale (17€). I went for the fillet of ‘Islasur’ bass with herb risotto and buttered leeks (18€), which was delicious. The fish is from Veta La Palma in Seville and sustainably raised on an extensive fish farm that’s also a biosphere reserve, nature park, and bird sanctuary.
The three desserts on the menu (6€ each) were all tempting, but The Boss followed form and went for the chocolate sundae. For me, it was the cheesecake. It’s a pud I rarely choose when I’m eating out, as it can be so disappointing, but I had a feeling Ruth’s would be a winner. I was right.
The Boss was driving, but I had a glass of enjoyable Finca Fabian organic rosado. The alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at Santosha include plenty of organic and healthy choices too. Marlon the sax player was sipping at a glass of ‘golden milk’. Bet he didn’t get that when he was gigging around New Orleans …
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Santosha offers dishes suitable for vegetarians, vegans, and those on gluten-free diets.
Children are welcome here, to the extent that there’s even a room at the back where they can watch children’s movies, while their parents relax over their meal or drinks.
Anyone should feel comfortable here, including women visiting on their own, adults with small children, and English-speaking people who don’t speak Spanish.
Santosha also serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Text & photos ©Jan Edwards 2016