Passió Mediterrània - A Taste of Menorca
We admittedly have a soft spot for the Balearic Islands, and our week long visit to Mallorca's little sister Menorca (Minorca), reinforced once again how attached we are to the Mediterranean's slow pace of life. This time, our venture took us to a week long exploration for some of the island's best hot spots for handmade crafts, local design clothes, boutique hotels and food galore. Upmarket fusion dishes is a trend to stay in Menorca, and the city of Mahón is on the cusp to becoming the next foodie town in Spain.
Chef Teresa Montesinos and Aleix the restaurateur are partners in life and the restaurant business. Their desire to open Passió Mediterrània has been partly due to many friends and families who wholeheartedly encouraged them to turn their passion for food into a vocation. Passió Mediterrània translates to Mediterranean passion, as their genuine devotion to the craft translates to exactly how it is called. Their gastronomic proposal is based on tastings and dishes to share...or maybe not! A much varied wine list is carefully selected mainly from small producers in both Menorca and the region of Catalunya.
We had a seat inside, facing the harbour. A relaxed musical playlist of jazz, soul, chillout and acoustic music was playing in the background as we had a thorough introduction from the restaurateur. A few dishes on the menu immediately caught our eyes, in particular the octopus with guacamole and wasabi, rice sea dish with squid and seaweeds, wakame, nori and ulva lactuca! Despite ordering the month's tasting menu consisting of 8 dishes with wine pairings, we promised ourselves we had to go back again!
Dishes in the March tasting menu such as the cappuccino of pumpkin cream with basil foam are not to be overlooked. We could see some of the Michelin starred chefs Adriá brothers and Roca inspirations in Teresa's cooking, such is the case of the vermouth with mussels, stuffed olive and dried tomato. The 'Aubergines mmm' consisted of eggplant textures with miso, honey and mint. A nice and preppy 'Navarin lamb at low temperature' was just so good, it is a Menorcan lamb cooked in its own juice at low temperature with carrots and glazed turnips.
If in the mood for creative Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with local ingredients, as well as some oriental touches, this is the place for you. The primary essence of the product is kept intact, with a farm to table concept. The best thing to do is give it a go and try the delicious food, you'll fall in love with the place!
Passió Mediterrània | The pleasure of tasting a different cuisine, in a Mediterranean environment and informal service | Prices: Tasting Menu (8 plates) with wine from 36€ | Address: Moll de Llevant nº298, 07701 Mahón, Menorca (Balearic Island) Spain | Spring / Summer Daily 12:00 - 16:00 & 19:00 - 00:00 Autumn / Winter Thursday - Saturday 12:00 - 16:00 & 18:00 - 23:00 (Sunday only Brunch)| Wednesday 19:00 - 00:00 | Tlf. +0034 971 35 47 04 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.passiomed.com |