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Lume & Co, Genova

2019, Oct. 21st

Close to Palma, this restaurant’s location feels a world away from the city – and has its own car park!

Lume & Co is in what were once the stables of the 15th-century Son Berga castle, just outside Genova. The restaurant is in gated premises, with a large private car park. With the convenience of only a short drive from the centre of Palma, it has a rural feel – and this is appreciated when eating al fresco on the terrace or having a drink in the outdoor chill-out area.

Our friendly server told me that Lume & Co has two Mallorcan and two Swedish owners, and has been open for a little under two years. Executive chef Carlos Hubert is originally from Madrid but has been working in Mallorca for some time; his cuisine is Mediterranean.

 
The décor has a Scandi-chic feel – both on the large terrace and in the spacious interior, where there are attractively lit exposed-stone walls and beamed ceilings.

 
Lume & Co has an à la carte menu for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant takes pride in the high quality of its beef – which is carefully sourced. The menu includes beef cuts to share, such as the 15-days-aged T-bone, from cattle raised in freedom with natural food, and the chateaubriand of beef sirloin cooked in a salt crust.

 
It’s not all about the beef: the menu’s other sections are dishes to share, starters, salads, mains of fish and other meats, and desserts.

 
We started by sharing tasty home-made shrimp rolls with tangerine and tamarind sweet chili sauce (12,75 €); main courses were Iberian pork ‘secreto’ with a ragout of peas (24,50 €), and roast corvina with citrus sauce and fresh chives salad (24,50 €). Both were tasty – although the pork dish’s attractive presentation on a slate was not very practical: the peas tended to roll off onto the placemat!

 
Desserts range in price from 6,50 € to 8 € and include some interesting sorbets and ice creams. My white chocolate ice-cream with caramelized walnuts (6,50 €) was a pleasant end to lunch at Lume & Co.

 
It’s worth mentioning that the bread here is sourdough and gluten-free bread is available. Son Mesquidassa extra virgin olive oil is on the table, but there’s a price supplement (90 cents) if you want butter instead.

 
The warm welcome for children at Lume & Co extends to a kids’ menu for children up to ten years of age, with a choice of four main courses and an ice cream scoop included in the price.

 
For lunch or dinner close to Palma, but without the bustle of the city, look out for the castellated tower near Genova and you’ve found Lume & Co.

 

Photos: Jan Edwards / Lume & Co

Prices correct at time of writing.