Majorca, a Mediterranean tapas restaurant and bar, opened in January in Hartford's Parkville neighborhood in the previous O'Porto location. Brought to you by Richard Perez, formerly of the Hartford Restaurant Group, and Executive Chef Bernie Gorski, Majorca brings lively and innovative cuisine to Parkville. In addition to dining they host Paint Nite's on Tuesday's, Salsa dancing on Wednesday evenings and have Latin Jazz music every Sunday as well as space to host private events. The restaurant has a great patio space overlooking Park Street (which is perfect for happy hour!), a beautiful bar with exposed brick which features an array of craft beers, wines and signature cocktails, and a unique vintage bank vault wine cellar.
Executive Chef Bernie Gorski has cooked all over the world, from San Francisco to France and Brazil and his worldly outlook really shows in his cuisine. This last time we stopped by Majorca one of the specials was Grilled Swordfish Skewers over Lebanese Spiced Carrot Salad with Fava Beans (pictured above). Definitely not a traditional tapas dish, but WHO CARES IT WAS SO GOOD. Honestly our favorite dish of the night. While their regular menu has a lot of great items, don't sleep on the specials. They are unique and highlight seasonal ingredients, like the soft shell crab we had, that was crusted in cornmeal and served with spring asparagus, sherried onions, smoked prosciutto, arugula and shaved manchego.
Traditional tapas, such as their Pan Catalan, Datiles Rellenos, Pulpo y Frijoles, and Abondingas were all flavorful and light and left us wanting more. Their signature drinks were a great compliment to our meal. They're made with fresh fruit and juices and perfectly are balanced. The Chili Mango Margarita, made with house infused jalapeno tequila and fresh mango puree, was a stand out, as was the Pineapple Mule and 1942 Fresca Margarita.
Chili Mango Margarita