A Carnivorous City: Mallorca Restaurant

We were looking for something different. Mallorca Restaurant in the South Side was suggested. My classmates in high school used to go there for a Spanish field trip every year, so I figured, anything you rent a bus for must be good.  I rallied the troops at work and off we went to Mallorca.

As we were approaching the restaurant, we realized a wonderful thing – it has a parking lot. What a rare occurrence in Pittsburgh.img_1138

Upon entering, you begin to realize the place is larger than it looks. The host guided us right, then left, then right until we were in a bright and cheerful room with many bright yellows and blues. The room gave a real  Mediterranean feel.

The restaurant has four dining rooms and on days when the sun is shining and the weather is warm guests can dine on the terrace patio. They’re open to serve you for lunch, dinner and Sundays. Need to book a private party? – they can help you with that.

img_1139-1Mallorca has been around for a long time, about 25 years actually. They specialize in Spanish dishes with a heavy focus on fresh seafood.

You’ll quickly learn that on slower days, you certainly don’t have just one waiter, more like four. Everyone wants to get involved in helping you and making sure you have a great dining experience.

We questioned the waiter the soup of the day and was informed it was a type of potato soup. We thought we would give it a try. Along with the potatoes swam chorizo, seasonings and spinach in chicken broth. With one spoonful, I could taste every flavor. It warmed by tummy and made my taste buds dance.

Two round pods of bread were brought to the table and we all dove in. Nothing wrong with a little bread as an appetizer. And once that bread ran out, they kept more coming.img_1140

I decided I was in the mood for a steak sandwich so I selected the sandwich de bistec – a sliced baguette filled with steak, peppers and onions and homemade chips on the side.  The baguette was really fresh and the chips crispy. I think the sandwich could have used some cheese or a sauce.

Next to me was the pollo siciliana. I kind of wished I would have ordered this. In a cast iron pan was a chicken breast encased in mozzarella and sitting in a cream mozzarella sauce, topped with chorizo. So much cheese. I loved it very much.

On the other side of me was a healthier option – ensalada de camarones, aka shrimp salad. It was fresh and lite with cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, and of course shrimp.

img_1141The food you order off the menu is not all of the food you’re going to receive. With each meal, a complimentary plate of rice and mixed vegetables is brought to the table. I made a nice rice stir fry for dessert. Even with five people there, we couldn’t finish the complimentary meal. Graciously, they packed up the whole lot for us in a serving tray sized take-out dish for us to take home.

Known for their Spanish cuisine, Mallorca has received numerous awards, including Best New Restaurant back in the day. I wasn’t there when Mallorca opened, but they certainly have kept up with their top service and great food.

Experience Pittsburgh, One Bite at a Time.

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