Where traditional Mallorquin cuisine has a modern twist.
Last night we joined the talented Juan Porcel Balaguer (Head Chef) and Marcos Terlevich (Front of House) as they celebrated their 5th anniversary of their fine dining restaurant Oliu Cuina Mediterrania. Located on the road between Andratx town and the port of Andratx, we discover this jewel amongst arches of Olive tree's and home to an old Mallorquin olive press factory. "Oliu" means Olive oil in old Mallorquin and this is the perfect name here as this building has been lovingly restored to feature all the traditional walls, beams and character of the old while at the same time offering a modern & contemporary atmosphere to welcome the new.
These boy's do nothing by halves and this is evident by the care and detail put into everything you see, touch, taste and yes even hear, Marcos Terlevich not only welcomes you with a warm and friendly composure, he bedazzles you through the evening with his operatic voice, his musical instrument skills and his many years of performance dance. For their 5th anniversary, Marcos and his team put on a show complete with areal-acrobatics, belly dancing, gymnastics, contemporary dance, guest vocalists and performers.
The fine dining experience at Oliu Cuina elevates your senses even further by the incredible cuisine Chef Juan Porcel Balaguer masterfully pieces together. With his many years of experience and travels around the world he has successfully blended the traditional and homely Mallorquin cuisine with styles from around the world to offer the lucky diner a feast to satisfy all nationalities. However the Buck doesn't stop there, Joan brings his own flair for the performing arts with a traditional Menorcan San Joan, horse show culminating in a spectacular firework display that he himself set up and lit the fuse on.
When we went there was no choosing from the Menu, and we weren't complaining because the astounding 8 course menu was an evolution of flavours and textures. Furthermore our hearts were warmed as well to see that even the youngest of guests were thought of, with homemade mini burgers and hand cut chunky fries served with their signature olive oil.... and ketchup and mayonnaise ofcourse.
Words fail to give justice to our enjoyment but luckily for us we were dining with one of Mallorca's great photographers Emma Fenton who took pictures.
Gazpacho of strawberries, mozzarella and pesto foam
Summer "Coca" with apricots and iberico ham
Courgette flowers stuffed with fresh cheese, nuts served with a Romescu sauce.
Strips of salmon with coconut and guacamole
Prawn and scallop tortellini with sea fennel sauce.
A version of Corvina fish served with Mallorquin"Tumbet".
Cannelloni of ox stew.
Textures of chocolate and passion fruit sorbet.
There is an incredible sense of family and community here at Oliu Cuina. From their Auntie working in the kitchen making sure Joan stays true to his roots to his brother Carlos making sure Marcos doesn't forget to pair the right wine with the next course while he's serenading us. The staff are extremely friendly, attentive and make up the final piece of this masterful performance. No matter where you are on the island we urge you to spend an evening you won't forget with this Mallorquin Family at Oliu Cuina.
Contact & Reservations
Open: from 13.00 to midnight
Lunch: from 13.00 to 15.30
Dinner: from 18.00 to 22.30