A TASTE OF SUNSHINE
By Sara Darling
If you need some winter sun, Mallorca might be just what the doctor ordered. The atmospheric island in the Balearics is regarded as a perfect destination all year round. With the temperature dipping to the teens, you may not be swimming in the sea in December but the surroundings, walks and nature are a welcome break during the unpredictable weather in the UK.
Bringing a ray of sunshine to brighten our long dark days, the Mallorcan tourist board celebrated everything Mallorca at the stunning Spanish eaterie Hispania- which is also the largest and most accomplished and ambitious project devoted to Spanish gastronomy in Europe. Located over two floors in the iconic inside-out Lloyds Bank building on Lombard Street, it offers inventive cuisine from some of London’s top chefs. With a range of tapas, fine dining, private dining and a takeaway available, the atmosphere is buzzy- whether you want to enjoy a lazy lunch or after work drinks and snacks.
Guests at the Mallorca event enjoyed the Michelin-star restaurant experience, with a menu designed by Michelin-starred chef Marcos Mora. Using typical Spanish ingredients, the tapas included Jamón ibérico, Ensaladilla, Asparagus with Hispania mayonnaise, Padrón peppers, Croquetas and a selection of cheeses, washed down with typical wine or beer.
Masterchef Spain winner, Vicky Pulgarín did a live demonstration of some of her easy to follow recipes, which went down a treat with the eager crowd who got to taste them.
And Mallorcan based novelist, Anna Nicholas was on hand to talk about her fictional novel, ‘The Devil’s Horn’ - a debut crime caper featuring detective Isabel Flores Montserrat- which is bound to make you chuckle.
With plentiful wine, music and tropical scented air, guests mingled at communal seating and for one night only got transported to the sunny isle of Mallorca, with its citrus orchards, Roman and Moorish remains and laid back vibe, the largest island in the Balearic Islands is tempting at any time of year.