Muelle 327 Gastrodock
Situated in the newly renovated Port of Calanova is the delightful gem of a restaurant, Muelle 327 Gastrodock. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a healthy lunch, hearty dinner or sip a cocktail as the sun sets behind the boats moored up in the marina.
The new Port Calanova offers everything a lover of the sea could want for. There are berths for mooring up, a shipyard for refits, a 24-hour automated fuelling station, a water sports centre offering everything from SUPs, to kayaks, to hobie cats and for the more adventurous, fly boards. Along with the water sport centre there are 21 double rooms to rent as part of the water sports packages that includes access to a swimming pool with the most glorious views over the bay of Palma or the marina. Coming soon is the more relaxed upstairs terrace that will be serving up drinks in a chilled atmosphere, where you can soak up the rays of the day, whilst reclining on sofas.
Since the refurbishment, and under the new management of Felipe and Alvaro, the restaurant has gone from strength to strength. It offers an interesting array of dishes from fish and seafood, to incredible meats and divine rice dishes. The portions are definitely on the generous side and are great for individuals or for sharing. They also offer meat and fish by the kilo and have a fresh catch of the day.
We started off with the amuse bouche of the house: two incredible deep-fried mango and chicken sticks, served with a spicy sauce. Alongside this we ordered the bread and aioli. This is no ordinary aioli however as it comes in four different flavours: Garlic, Black Garlic, Saffron and Lime. Lime was definitely the table favourite as it disappeared without a trace, it’s zinginess resonating on our tongues.
The first dish we ordered was the delicious 12 Grilled White Shrimp from Huelva, served on a bed of rock salt which were delicate and sweet and cooked to absolute perfection. I could have ordered this time and time again and probably will over the coming months. To compliment the shrimp, we also ordered the Confitted natural artichoke with slices of fresh foie, chippings of Bellota prosciutto and white truffle oil. The flavours worked so well together, and we certainly were not left hungry as we were served four large artichokes.
By now we were getting excited to see what our main courses were going to deliver. We had both gone for a lighter option of tartar, but I had ordered the Three mustard steak tartar with pan soplado, and Anouska, my ever trusty photographer and restaurant reviewer, went for the Red Tuna tartar with creamed avocado, wakame; slightly smoked. Both dishes were excellent, and the three mustards was a new and interesting way of achieving just the right level of spiciness, without killing the flavour of the meat. The smokiness of the tuna was absolutely to die for and again it was fabulously spiced. By this point we were full to bursting, though we couldn’t resist just a little more of the lime aioli.
I truly wish I had had more space left when the table next to ours were presented with the Sumum Galician beef from cattle aged approximately 8 – 10 years and matured for 45 days, served on the bone. Chatting to them afterwards they said that it was one of the best pieces of meat they had had on the island and they would be returning the following night with different friends to order exactly the same. A fine endorsement indeed!
There is a real feel-good essence to this restaurant. I’m not sure if it’s the proximity to the water, the colourful water sports equipment dotting the quayside or just the general feeling of goodness and well-being. Whatever the formula is I feel they have got it spot on. The location, though close to the road is tranquil and serene with no traffic noise, but all of the convenience of the transport links. It can be reached on the number 3 and 20 buses from Palma central or if you are driving there is secure parking available. If you choose to come by boat, call ahead to see if there is any berthing space available.
This is definitely going to be one of the picks of Summer 2018!
Muelle 327 Gastrodock
+34 971 599 577
By Victoria Pearce
Photos Credit: Anouska Foss