Review on Restaurante Jardín
Restaurante Jardín in Alcudia is the showcase for one of Mallorca's rising stars, chef Macarena de Castro, she dazzles diners with her original and rejuvenated creations by taking traditional dishes and reworking them for the 21st century. Our early predictions were correct as Macarena recently scooped a Michelin Star and our current impression is that she is not satisfied with just one. However, the soul of this restaurant has changed with its new found fame and front of house is perhaps a little too stuffy while many guests remain comfortable wearing flip flops. At this level there should not be mistakes with the reservation as was in our case. Likewise, the sommelier shouldn't really look down his nose when being asked for a Mallorcian wine and certainly not, when pressed for his suggestion, simply point to the most expensive on the list. That said, Macarena's cooking simply becomes more ingenious and retains without doubt that wow factor even if the overall enjoyment factor needs to be checked at this point.
It's a suitably chic and swanky setting for dishes which are meticulously prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients. Flamboyant new culinary ideas are surfacing all the time as the menu works its way through the likes of almond creamy soup, crispy Mahon cheese straws, Soller prawn with avocado or Jiggling squid with its jus. Elsewhere on the menu you might find skins of black pork with grouper, strawberries with tomatoes and olive oil or fennel with rice pudding. The wine list is a majestic tome knowledgeably garnered from all corners of the world.
Your menu will be presented at the end of the meal tucked inside a souvenir booklet and placed in a brown paper bag with a little gift, a nice touch to offset the price of the menu at 85 Euros plus tax. Don't get too excited because we were each presented with a beautifully wrapped tomato. A sense of humour, or perhaps Jardín's nod to austerity!
Mediterranean / Majorcan
Macarena de Castro
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 1.30 - 3.30pm Tue-Sun
Dinner: 7.00 - 11.00pm Tue-Sun
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express