Where We EAT: The Kitchen, Palma de Mallorca.
You might be thinking to yourself, wait, you have already written about this Restaurant near Plaza del Mercat. It's true, I have, and now it's back with a whole new concept this year. I'm not 100% sure of the marketing strategy around this place as it changes face more often than I'd like, but I'm hoping this one will stick around for awhile, or my website will have a lot of "sorry, we're closed" signs!
So, here is my Honest Restaurant Review, because we want you to know the whole scoop and not just a taste! #honestrestaurantreviews (which you can follow along on instagram, don't forget to tag us, so we see what you're eating)
The interior is less sophisticated than before, those bright orange walls are loud, and the bar stools less comfortable but the fast, casual Asian fusion concept is what sells, so it's see how The Kitchen stacks up.
The menu has a lot of options, including many raw dishes, and one for the trend book is The Kitchen's Poke Bowl. Usually made with raw tuna, this dish originates from Hawaii and literally translates " to section, or to cut" which usually refers to the raw seafood ingredient. The Kitchen decided to use salmon as their show stopper and although it was fresh as can be the pieces were small and sparse. The flavors did all work together, and the rice was perfectly cooked, which is such a vital component to this dish. For 12.90€ it was on the pricier side for a portion this size.
Another dish that seemed to really stand out on the menu for me was the Bao of Roastbeef. Confused, yes... I was too! The only real "Asian" element in this dish was the Bao bun, it felt like a pretty good street food interpretation of German meets Taiwan. A lot of creamy mustard sauce spilled over the side, and the char on the bun made for a nice snack.
Overall I would recommend The Kitchen, for a quick and causal lunch spot with friends or colleagues. The menu has a lot of fun and new flavors that are trending in a lot of cities, and it's nice to see some creativity that won't break the wallet in Palma. Wash it all down with a Japanese Asahi Beer and your tab will run you about 20€.
I do have to mention Johan, the manager, who is an absolute star and the heartbeat of this place. Genuine and taking care of you with a smile, which for me is a refreshing change in the dining scene.
4, Carrer d'Orfila, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears
Open Lunch & Dinner everyday, except Sundays.
+34 971 72 13 54 (advised to make reservations if you are a larger party, or if you'd like seats outside)