Having eaten at this restaurant several times with my parents and extended family over the years and repeatedly told my fiancé how amazing the place was I was confident that taking him for his 21st birthday would be a success. (my ratings are for the food eaten on previous visits)
Sadly the plan went sour from the start. Knowing that the restaurant is popular we booked our table in person during that day. We asked for a table for 2 at 7.30pm, the waiter turned to the managed and asked in Spanish if there was anything free, he replied (in Spanish) 8.45pm (with a if-we-have-to intonation and a careless shrug) I assume it was because we were young and they assumed we wouldn't be spending much, so we weren't very high up their priority list..... Having just graduated from university with joint honours Spanish being able to listen to conversations is always a bonus.
Anyway, not wanting to ruin the day for my fiancé, I ignored the awkwardness and we returned in the evening for our meal. We waited at the edge of the table trying to catch someone's eye, we were completely ignored for about 10 mins, during which a middle aged couple pushed past us and loudly greeted the manager, air kissing and back slapping commenced. Again we ignored this and finally got shown to our table (which was next to the door and in the middle of everything- not the quiet romantic evening I had hoped for.) Pointing to a free table we asked if we could sit there instead, they refused so we gave up and sat down. 2 seconds later yet another of their 'old friends' arrived and the air kissing commenced again. Obviously they wanted our table as suddenly we were offered the option to move where I had suggested before and they promptly sat down at the table we had just vacated. I thanked the manager (who was busily moving us) saying that we were pleased with the table as we were celebrating. At which point he looked at me and said sarcastically 'What do you want me to do, sing?!'
By this point we felt completely out of place and generally not welcome, the atmosphere and evening in my opinion were spoilt. I felt like crying.
My fiancé pointed to a restaurant up the square that we had eaten at the night before, making the decision we got up and left (something I would never had usually dared to do) we got a table 10 mins later and had a lovely 4 course meal. Birthday and his first trip to Mallorca saved. Having worked as a waitress at a family run Italian restaurant in my home town, the thinly veiled politeness that most restaurants offer is usually easy to see through, but I have never been so low priority and unwelcome!!
The atmosphere lovely that previous revues mention is present in all parts of the square, having seen many restaurants come and go I can say it is the square as a whole not a certain restaurant that creates the atmosphere.
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