Es Torrent de Son Carrió, Sant Llorenç
2019, Oct. 14th
The village restaurant Es Torrent de Son Carrió was one of the businesses affected by the devastating floods of last October in Sant Llorenç and nearby Son Carrió.
Floodwater from the restaurant’s adjacent ‘torrrente’ caused serious damage to the whole property. Es Torrent de Son Carrió’s owners had to close their restaurant indefinitely.
In March this year, Es Torrent de Son Carrió reopened, after extensive work to repair, redecorate, and refit the dining room and kitchen. If you visited before the floods, you won’t recognize the place now: it’s contemporary and stylish, with black walls and ceiling, parquet flooring, varnished-wood tables, and smart yellow upholstered chairs (some of the most comfortable restaurant chairs I’ve sat in).
The kitchen is led by chef Joan Galmés Miquel, who is from Manacor but trained and worked in Barcelona. His friendly wife Clara Ferrer runs front of house with a smile and quiet efficiency. Joan and Clara share the task of delivering dishes to the table.
Joan and his team use seasonal produce and employ new culinary techniques – including molecular gastronomy – to produce a standard of Mediterranean cuisine that you may not expect to find in a Mallorcan village restaurant.
Es Torrent de Son Carrió is open for dinner only, offering a weekly changing tasting menu, from which you can choose five (costing 35€) or the full eight plates (50€). An optional wine pairing is offered for an additional 20€, which is very good value. The restaurant’s printed wine list comprises Mallorcan wines, but the cellar is also stocked with a large choice of Spanish and international wines.
We began with olives (marinated by the restaurant), their home-made curry bread and Quely-style crackers, extra virgin olive oil, and flavoured salt. My 5-plate menu started with a dish of quail and crab – an unusual but successful combination. There followed foie rice with truffle and red fruits; charcoal-tempura cod with aubergine, pepper and black garlic, and oxtail with mushrooms, leeks and romesco sauce. My dessert was named chocolate Torrent – and did not disappoint. I’d recommend the wine pairing, if you’re not driving.
If you like to be surprised and delighted by tasting menus, set your GPS for Es Torrent de Son Carrió; a warm welcome awaits you.
Photos: Jan Edwards / Es Torrent
Prices correct at time of writing.