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Chef on the move

Santi Taura to Palma

There's bad news, good news and better news on the Mallorca gastronomic scene today. Chef Santi Taura will close his two restaurants in Lloseta, one of which has the second longest waiting list for reservations in all Spain after the famous Celler de Can Roca. Dins will shut its doors for the final time on 20th April and Restaurant Santi Taura on 30th June.

Sad for Lloseta which has been put firmly on Mallorca's culinary map, but good news for Palma where Taura will create a fusion of the two called Dins Santa Taura located in the swish boutique hotel, El Llorenç Parc de la Mar in the Plaça Llorenç Villalonga 4, overlooking the sea front in the Calatrava neighbourhood.

For the chef it's a progression to the next stage of his career, as he explained, “We have been in Lloseta for 16 years and I wanted to take this step. People want to see Santi Taura, cook for them and interact, it will be like going back to the origins of the restaurant, but with 16 years of experience."

Famous for his use of traditional recipes with a modern twist, fresh from the garden and farm products, and care and attention to detail, Taura's menus don't come cheap with a meal at Dins and his new place coming in at around €100 per person!

That's wedding anniversary or significant birthday celebration prices for me, but as I said above there is even better news afoot. The super chef will also be opening an informal version of his restaurant in the street close to Palma's big Mercat de l'Olivar.

Called Cor Barra i Taula (Heart bar and table) it'll be like the many typical Spanish neighbourhood bars in the area; informal, bodega style with a bar serving tapas, 'raciones' (double tapas) and daily specials from early morning until night where you can eat contemporary Mallorcan cusine and eat well for €12 or less!

Due to open for the summer season, it's certainly the one I'll be heading to for a snackette and glass of wine.