Es Pati, Sant Llorenç
A cosy townhouse restaurant in the Llevant town of Sant Llorenç, offering a daily changing tasting menu.
2019, Apr 29th
A quirky painted sign of a sitting cat outside a residential-street townhouse in Sant Llorenç is your welcome to Es Pati, a cosy family-friendly restaurant that’s open only in the evenings and offers gourmet cuisine.
Chef Felix and his friendly wife Sarah Trappe, who runs front of house and is a knowledgeable sommelier, took over the place in 2011. They have made the tucked-away Es Pati the place to eat in the town.
In a townhouse that would once have been a home, the restaurant has several rooms, adding to the cosy and welcoming feel of the place. The front area retains its wooden-beamed ceilings and an old fireplace. Colourful contemporary art decorates the walls; wooden dining tables are painted, and the dining chairs are comfortable. Es Pati has the vibrant buzz of conversation heard when people are enjoying themselves.
In fine weather, the rustic rear courtyard garden is a popular place to eat.
Es Pati offers only a 5-course tasting menu (for 49€), which changes every night and is based on the ingredients and produce that Felix has bought in the morning.
Our dinner began with a complimentary glass of consommé, which was followed by five flavourful and attractively presented dishes. We enjoyed each one and found it hard to choose a favourite.
My own was probably the ceviche of swordfish and salmon with asparagus, a shellfish foam, and chilli paste, with yuzu mayonnaise. But the pumpkin soup and the red-wine jus accompanying the fillet of veal with cabbage and mushrooms were talking points for their incredible depth of flavour. Felix uses organic microgreens from nearby growers Els Ullastres Mallorca to good effect in his cuisine.
Sarah – who grew up in Tanzania – has a wealth of knowledge about Mallorcan wines and her selection includes some from Mallorca’s best bodegas and careful choices from the Peninsula.
Sarah also leads a team of friendly and efficient servers – locals who will make you feel valued. Although many of the diners are German speaking, there’s a welcome for all nationalities at Es Pati in Sant Llorenç. Just be sure to book a table in advance!
Photos: Es Pati
Prices were correct at time of writing
Jan began her broadcasting career in the UK’s Midlands, where she presented two weekend overnight radio shows, syndicated to five independent radio stations – whilst working in hotel PR during the week. She was headhunted to FOX FM in Oxfordshire for the breakfast show Phil & Jan in the Morning and, after five years, joined the BBC in Oxford – where she stayed until moving to Mallorca in 2004.
Jan has a passion for gastronomy and hotels and loves trying what Mallorca has to offer and meeting the interesting people in the hospitality sector.