NOTE: Smack Mallorca has changed its name to La Fabrique for 2019. It’s now open for the season in the same place in Santa Catalina, Palma de Mallorca. The same team and concept await you!
When did we last eat in the same restaurant in Mallorca twice in one week? Never. The abundance of good restaurants on the island of Mallorca means that we are pushed (in terms of time and money) to try as many as we’d like to. But that was before we ate at Smack Mallorca in Palma de Mallorca. We enjoyed this French-owned restaurant so much recently that we returned just four days later! It’s also very good value for money – which is always an influencing factor.
The discovery of this restaurant in C/ Fabrica – the famous street of restaurants in Palma’s bohemian area of Santa Catalina – was no accident. In 2016 a couple from Paris contacted me through this blog and we met during their visit to Mallorca for a coffee and a chat about the island’s restaurant scene.
A dream comes true
Hélène Huret was a gastronomic journalist in France and Stéphan had previously worked in the restaurant Marc Meneau. Their dream was to move to Mallorca and open their own restaurant. They got in touch with me again after they had moved to the island and begun their search for suitable premises. In April 2018 they finally opened Smack Mallorca.
Hélène has created the recipes for the dishes on Smack Mallorca’s menu and their French chef Delphine (who has lived on the island for 15 years) is in the kitchen making them, whilst Hélène and Stéphan are front of house.
You can eat outside on the front terrace or indoors in the informal but stylish dining space. I think it will feel cosy in the winter, but for now we’re happy to eat and people-watch al fresco.
Eat, drink, Smack Mallorca
Smack Mallorca’s menu is short but seems to offer something for most tastes. Vegetables play the starring role in the Mediterranean cuisine here, with fish, meat, and cheese in supporting roles. If – like me on a virtuous day – you are trying to increase your intake of veg and cut down on fish and meat, several dishes will encourage you to do just that.
Roasted cauliflower with tahini and sauce vierge is one such dish, but check out the black tomato tart for something different (and delicious). Stuffed courgette flowers and the watermelon, feta, and olives salad are on our must-try-next-time list. This is a good place to choose several dishes to share.
The wine list isn’t extensive but includes Mallorcan, Spanish, and a few French wines – with none (apart from the three Champagne choices) costing more than 29€ a bottle. Four wines are also offered by the glass. More than half of the wines are organic (bravo!).
Read the menu in Spanish, English, or French and, of course, you can speak any of these languages here. The Boss enjoyed practising his French with the charming owners.
Make the dishes at home
If you understand French, you may wish to buy a copy of Hélène’s recipe book – on sale in Smack Mallorca. Entitled Une Terrasse du Soleil et des Copains, the book is full of appealing photography and 45 summer recipes – including several for dishes on the menu at Smack Mallorca.
Hélène Huret was one of my guests on ‘Table Talk’ on Mallorca Sunshine Radio in June 2018 and you can listen to the podcast of that show here (labelled ‘Table Talk’ 9). After eating (and paying the full bills) at Smack Mallorca twice, I chose this as my Restaurant of the Week for July 30th to August 4th, 2018.
By the way, if you’re wondering about the name, un smack is just one of the French words for a kiss!
©Jan Edwards 2018