Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann
Palma de Mallorca, a beautiful vibrant city with a wealth of architectural gems, superb art collectios and a exquisite gastronomy.
A press trip brought me to Mallorca. On my research list was the saline “Flor de Sa d’Es Trenc” and the restaurant FERA by Chef Simon Petutschnig. Both produce joyful amazing culimary fine dining compositions.
In the center of the city, hidden down cobbled streets, in a Old Town palace you will find the FERA restaurant.
Three partners, Ivan and Sheela Levy and Chef Simon Petutschnig, created a exciting fine dining option.
Chef de Cuisine is Austrian Chef Simon Petutschnig who has worked in some of Spain’s best kitchens including two Michelin starred Miramar restaurant. In Mallorca, Simon was the founding chef at the award-winning Quadrat restaurant at hotel Sant Francesc and created what was then known to be one of Palma’s best restaurants. Simon met Ivan and Sheela Levy with whom he joined forces to launch FERA which attracts a flow of both locals and global nomads who appreciate the distinct culinary vision that he brings to his kitchen.
They serves innovative interpreted food inspirations from both Mediterranean and Asian flavors to create a ‘Borderless Mediterranean’ cuisine. Wow.
My gourmet lunch focused on the primary produce sourced locally from the region. He incorporates ingredients and techniques that best complement each product. Simon introduces lighter Asian flavors such as ginger, nori and yuzu injecting these highlights into traditional Mediterranean ingredients.
Classic examples are Petutschnig’s shitake dim sum, or the Simmentaler beef and olive oil.
The chef prides himself in sourcing only the finest quality ingredients from Mallorca like the Folr de Sal butter.
He takes an entirely ingredient-focused approach which is elegantly displayed in his 4 tasting menus, and à la carte options paired with lovely local wines.
The tasting menus at FERA allow one to select from a variety of choices: the FERA Classic, Art, and Gourmet, a Vegetarian Menu is also offered.
Let#s say FERA is a feast for all of the senses.
With an impressive art collection including sculptures, photography, paintings and large-scale site-specific installations by AbaArt lab. The art pieces were all carefully curated by co-owner and interior designer Sheela Levy, who also designed the restaurant’s interiors.
Featuring neutral tones, and minimalistic furniture sourced from the world over, the restaurant’s design allows the art to take center stage whilst maintaining the charm of the old building.
On entering FERA through the typical Mallorcan courtyard with sculptures and greenery, diners can opt to eat in the warmly lit main dining room, or for those that prefer a more intimate experience, the exclusive charcoal and white library room. With space for only 16 people, the library is the ideal spot for a private dinner party or quiet date night. The bar with its old stone arches, spectacular Balinese chandeliers and view overlooking the charming garden provides a perfect retreat for lunch, dinner or just a drink.
1) Address: Carrer de la Concepció, 4, Palma de Mallorca, 07012, For reservations: T.+34 971 595 301 or email: email@example.com
2) Flor de Sal d’es Trenc
Mallorca, me gusta.
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