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Ca'n Pintxo Restaurant Review, Soller

A trendy restaurant in the heart of Sóller

Jose Rains | Mallorca Reporter | Published: 15 Feb 2019

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Ca'n Pintxo Restaurant Review, Soller

Last summer, I came across Ca'n Pintxo whilst strolling around the charming streets of Sóller. An energetic vibe came from this particular establishment which was tucked away down a pretty side street, less than a hundred metres from the main square. Having just had dinner elsewhere that evening, I made a promise to myself to return to check it out.

At the weekend, I managed to retrace my steps to find the restaurant for lunch and, although the outdoor seating had been packed away for winter, I peeked inside and could see that it had that same spark of energy even in the off-season – always a good sign.

The staff are attentive and make you feel at home as soon as you walk in. The first thing you notice is people eating from tables made from wine barrels. Without the food, one could mistake this place for a trendy wine bar. But, fortunately, we soon discovered that this place loves its food as much as its drinks.

The drinks' menu was extensive, from a whole variety of Spanish wines and local Mallorcan wines, through to cocktails and a selection of gins – we were spoilt for choice. On this occasion, I was tempted by the gin and tonic menu. ‘The Botanist’ was my poison of choice, it came in a large tumbler and they weren’t shy on the measure of gin.

The waitress then explained the way the dining experience works. Diners can order hot tapas from the menu and/or take a plate and help themselves to pintxos. She explained how each of the pintxos over at the window are skewered with a cocktail stick which is colour-coded and carries the price of it, and pointed to the board which explained the prices ranging from €1 to €4.50 a piece. 

To start, I grabbed my plate and went up to the window displaying a wide range of tapas. There were things like mini chicken burgers through to more traditional looking pintxos with ham, cheese and fishy-looking toppings. I opted for the Morcilla Queso Cabra which was a cheese festival of goat's cheese. A naughty but delicious treat, full of pungent flavours that you would expect from this goat’s cheese sensation.

From the (hot) menu we ordered the ‘Won-Ton’, a Chinese dumpling filled with chicken, shrimp, and ginger with sweet and sour sauce. A bit of an adventure for the mouth owing to the part chew, part crunch aromatic experience.

Next up, the ‘Gambón Pirata’ or king prawn wrapped in kataifi dough with wasabi foam and oil from the leaf of the kaffir lime was a miniature masterpiece and definitely the dish I was most excited about – I couldn’t wait to dive in. Prawn lovers will be pleased to know that the prawn was meaty and the other components only complimented the juicy taste of the prawn.

The ‘Pin-xot’ came next – a lamb rack with rosemary earth and confited spring onions. Once again brilliantly presented and the meat was tender and scrumptious. The mountain of patatas bravas were the perfect accompaniment and were good quality, hand-cut jumbo sized wedges with a sauce to make you salivate.

Mid-feast we saw a massive plate being delivered to a neighbouring table. 'Chuletoncio' is this restaurant’s signature dish. A juicy dry-aged T-bone steak served with luxury potatoes and Padrón peppers – something I would love to try on a return to the restaurant.

The cocktail stick formula carries on all the way through to dessert, where we could help ourselves to the fridge. Dangerous territory! From things like lemon meringue and the ultimate chocolate experience to homemade cheesecake. You really were spoilt for choice. I opted for the latter as it was a great size after a big meal and it was cooked to perfection.

I would recommend this place if you are looking for a fun, laid-back gourmet tapas experience. It appeared to be a popular spot for friends to gather but, in our experience, was also family-friendly as we had our three-month-old in tow.

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