Tannur Restaurant & Bar, Palma
2019, Nov. 11st | by Jan Edwards
One of the two restaurants in the hotel El Llorenç under the direction of chef Santi Taura, Tannur is open for lunch and dinner.
When Mallorcan chef Santi Taura closed his restaurants in Lloseta earlier this year, it was to move his gastronomic activities to Palma. Tannur is the bistro-style restaurant under his direction at the 33-room El Llorenç hotel, located in the La Calatrava district of Palma’s old town.
Tannur is at the front of the hotel, which is in a quiet location overlooking the park and seems a world away from the city’s hustle and bustle.
This restaurant offers the same à la carte menu for both lunch and dinner, seven days a week and serves brunch on Sundays. You can also come for breakfast but, like the brunch, I haven’t tried that.
The whole hotel has a gorgeous interior by Swedish designer Magnus Ehrland, which means plenty of eye-catching design elements to enjoy while you eat. Linen placemats and napkins sit on top of smart marble-top tables.
When I had lunch there last Monday, I was initially the only customer, but two couples came in to eat before I left. The hotel receptionist told me Monday was the quietest day for lunch in Tannur.
The gastronomic concept for Tannur has a slightly more international flavour than in DINS Santi Taura, but you’ll find enough Mallorcan dishes to please. The menu is split into dishes to share, vegetarian corner, rice and pasta, and grilled meat and fish (the latter includes fish of the day).
The sharing dishes are ideal starters – if you’re eating with others. They include hand-sliced Iberian ham, toasted butter brioche stuffed with squid rings (or the more indulgent lobster), Mallorcan coca, and Mallorcan-style stuffed aubergine. As I was lunching on my own, I opted for what I hoped wouldn’t be too filling for one person: a ration of six croquettes which, that day, were tuna.
Lunch is accompanied by delicious warm home-made xeixa-wheat bread and Santi’s own-label extra virgin olive oil, produced in Alcúdia.
The ‘Vegetarian Corner’ of five dishes (priced from 7 € to 14 €) includes two soups and a Caprese salad. The other dishes are grilled artichoke with Mediterranean picada sauce, and the Mallorcan classic, tumbet.
I chose pasta for my main course: gratinated mezzi rigatoni with vegetable ragú (12 €) which, pleasingly, came in a warm bowl. The portion was generous and, on this occasion – having eaten a sharing plate to start and a decent bowl of pasta – I had to say no to one of the home-made desserts (all at 6 € each).
Santi Taura’s own ice cream is served with three of the desserts. Next time I’ll choose different dishes to leave room for a sweet conclusion to lunch or dinner.
I didn’t drink wine with my lunch but glanced through what looked an impressive wine list; two white and two red (one of each is Mallorcan) and a rosé are available by the glass, priced from 5 € to 7 € a glass.
Photos: Jan Edwards / Tannur
Prices correct at time of writing.