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Mallorca on South St. - Two Tries Two Hits!!!

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Mallorca on South St. - Two Tries Two Hits!!!

Steve | Apr 25, 2003 09:14 PM

Back in December I went to Mallorca, the Spanish restaurant in the 100 block of South St., had a delightful meal and posted a report here. Tonight I went back to see if it was a fluke and, no it wasn’t. It was fabulous, and a bargain to boot!

For years I’ve complained that Philly did not have a Spanish Restaurant (no not Portuguese, Cuban or Colombian). I was looking for a plethora of them like Newark. Just one, hopefully in Center City. I heard mixed reviews about Mallorca – that it was part of a chain; that it was very pricey So I never went.

When I read all the mixed reviews about Mixto and places like Tartine – whose entrees are small and in the $15.00 range – I wonder how folks are missing out on Mallorca.

The place was pretty full – it was Friday but they seated me - I was alone – at a table which holds 4. The wait staff are very personable and professional and the room is actually one where you can talk. The waiters rattle off the long list of “specials”, mostly fish in every kind of sauce. I only hear one price. The Chilean Sea Bass was $24.95.

The menu contains meat dishes like Chicken and Veal in the $13.95 to $16.95 range. And the Paella is $19.95. Last time I had the veal. This time I went for the traditional Spanish dish of mixed seafood in Garlic Sauce. It was $19.95. I wasn’t drinking tonight so I settled on Ice Tea. I also requested “no mussels” in my seafood.

We folks, here is what I received for my $19.95: First the included Salad that even included Hearts of Palm! Then a HUGE Pot containing the seafood which included: a half of a baby lobster, over 12 baby clams, over 15 large scallops and I stopped counting the shrimp when I got past 25!. That was just the pot. I also received a large plate of Saffron Rice, ANOTHER plate of those great fried potato chips, and a large serving of steamed vegetables including Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Snow Peas and green beans! A heck of a lot of food.

Every face I saw was smiling! The waiters were professional and constantly asked if everything was okay. At the next table were people who had been to the chain’s restaurant in Pittsburgh and remembered the waiter. (Many of the staff moved here from the Pittsburgh operation when the restaurant opened here.)

So, let me say “I’ll be back”. With the prices, quality of service and quality of the food – the sauce was perfect and the seasoning can be adjusted in the kitchen, it’s surprising that folks don’t eat here more often and continue with some of the hit-or-miss places which are the “darlings” of the moderate priced restaurants that everyone talks about. Again, it’s just my opinion but there’s great value, great food and nice atmosphere at this place.

I just wanted to share.

Steve

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