The 5-star Hotel Glòria de Sant Jaume in Palma de Mallorca’s old town has been open for just over a year – during which time we’ve visited its intimate and comfortable bar several times for drinks with various friends. It’s a super little bar with a cosy ambience. The impressive old cash register on the bar counter is always a talking point – although I wouldn’t want to have to polish it!
We hadn’t tried the hotel’s restaurant El Patio de Glòria. Frankly, Palma de Mallorca has quite a few good eateries and this one wasn’t yet on our restaurant radar when eating out in Mallorca’s capital. And then, last month, we heard that a new chef had been appointed. That new chef is Javier Gardonio, who worked for Fernando P Arellano at his Michelin-starred Zaranda, initially when the restaurant was in Madrid. When Fernando moved Zaranda to Mallorca, he brought Javier (and others) with him. Javier’s years of Michelin-star restaurant experience with Arellano made him a shoo-in when El Patio de Glòria was appointing a new chef.
Like the rest of the boutique Hotel Glòria de Sant Jaume, the restaurant is elegant in a classical way. You don’t need to access it through the hotel foyer (although it’s worth seeing), as El Patio de Glòria also has a separate entrance direct from the street. Entering from the bar, you notice the handsome fireplace surround – which wouldn’t look out of place in the dining room of a grand private home. Attractive lighting, old paintings on the walls, and comfortable chairs add to this homely feeling. Sparkling glassware and cutlery adorn the tables and the artisan-made tableware (from Mallorca’s Ceramica Terra Cuita) is patterned in the style of the Mallorcan traditional ‘cloth of tongues’ fabric.
Our dinner at El Patio de Glòria
We were greeted warmly by Miguel Hermida, whom I instantly recognised. He too previously worked at Zaranda and now oversees front of house at El Patio de Glòria. Miguel is welcoming, helpful and has a good sense of humour. We watched him during the evening as he dealt with diners of different nationalities and were impressed by his ability to switch from Spanish to English to German. He’s highly professional.
Chef Javier Gardonio created the new El Patio de Glòria à la carte menu, which includes dishes cooked in a Kamado oven. For meat eaters, the roast shoulder of lamb (for two people) is highly recommended; it comes with home-made hummus, yogurt, bulgar, and pistachio and almond dukka. Miguel gently teased the succulent meat from the bone using only a pair of spoons. The Boss and I agreed it was up there with some of the best lamb dishes we’d had on the island.
Our dinner was a thoroughly enjoyable experience in terms of cuisine, ambience, and service. Interestingly, the well-known Mallorcan chef Santi Taura (who owns Santi Taura and Dins Santi Taura restaurants in Lloseta) was also there for dinner that night and, when we spoke to him before we left, he seemed to have enjoyed his meal too.
Menú del día
From February 4th, the restaurant is now offering a weekday three-course lunchtime menú del día, with a choice of two dishes for each course, for 21,50€ (including a glass of wine or beer). We haven’t tried it yet but, with El Patio de Glòria now on our restaurant radar, it’s only a matter of time.
El Patio de Glòria is open daily for lunch 13:00-15:30h and dinner 19:30-22:30h. I recommend making a *reservation. With Javier and Miguel now here, this restaurant seems set to become very popular.
*Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel +34 971 717 997
Jan Edwards© 2019