Menorcan pop-up in Mallorca

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A taste of Menorca has come to Mallorca this weekend, courtesy of Chefs(in) – which promotes the gastronomy of the Balearics – and  Purohotel in Palma. Menorcan chef SĂ­lvia Anglada – whose restaurant Es Tast de na SĂ­lvia is in Ciutadella – is cooking for a series of Chefs(in) pop-ups in Purohotel’s Private Wing.  The chef’s restaurant is the only one in the Balearics that is certified Slow Food and 0KM – which means that all the ingredients she uses are locally sourced.

Silvia Anglada at work in Purohotel Private Wing's kitchen

Silvia Anglada at work in Purohotel Private Wing’s kitchen

A dozen of us sat down last night to eat SĂ­lvia’s seven-course dinner of Menorcan dishes, which were accompanied by carefully-chosen wines from Mallorcan bodega Vins Nadal. SĂ­lvia’s partner Toni TarragĂł (who is front of house at their Menorca restaurant) looked after service.

As each dish was served, SĂ­lvia came over to explain its elements and preparation. Her cuisine is inspired by dishes she ate in her childhood; her lovingly made food evokes happy memories of family meals at home.

The food

My personal highlights (quite a few) were her crispy ‘coca’ with sardine; red rock mullet with capers, ‘xeixa’ wheat flakes and a marine praline (made with ‘xeixa’ wheat and pulverised fish bones – surprisingly tasty); cabbage-wrapped pork (a simple combination, but delicious), and the three different Menorcan cheeses with their accompanying chutneys.  The dessert of warm ‘coca bamba’ with ice cream was a comfort-food treat that is something of a speciality of SĂ­lvia’s.

'Menjar blanc de la edad media hasta ahora'

‘Menjar blanc de la edad media hasta ahora’

Red rock mullet dish

Red rock mullet dish

Pork wrapped in cabbage with a cauliflower puree

Pork wrapped in cabbage with a cauliflower puree

If you’re on Mallorca this weekend and would like to enjoy a taste of Menorca, in an exclusive Palma setting, how about lunch tomorrow? As I write, there are places available for lunch at 2pm, priced at 65€, including wines. Book your place(s) here.

Text & photos Jan Edwards©2017

2 Comments

  1. Josep says

    Where I can get somewhat 10k of ‘xeixa’ wheat flakes ?
    Price ?
    To be sent to Lleida ?
    Thanks
    Josep

    • Hola Josep! Thank you for reading my post. I’m afraid I don’t have a definite answer, but you could contact the following business which may be able to help you or point you in the right direction.
      https://www.agromart.es/es They certainly sell xeixa flour, so, good luck!

      Best wishes, Jan

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