La Paloma was born in 2004, through the desire of one family to create a restaurant in harmony with the authentic beauty of the island.
When we first found the place, it was a run down finca. We started very small, not really knowing what it would become, but knowing that we wanted to offer fresh homemade food and a simple friendly atmosphere.
A dear friend gave us the idea to brighten up the dark finca using light blue and white as colours. And so we did. Another dear friend and artist, offered her help by painting flowers and birds on the walls….And so little by little, with the help of friends, locals and a bit of magic the place started to create itself.
Located in the middle of the island, in the small village of San Lorenzo, where there is only a church, a school, and one local bar, the restaurant sits in the midst of citrus orchards laden in winter with oranges, tangerines & lemons, and delighting us in spring with the fragrance of their flowers...
The food at La Paloma is created by Chef Prasuna, who developed her passion for cooking as a child, learning from her mother in Tuscany and then by traveling in different countries refining her expertise in fusing Italian recipes with spices and flavours of other cuisines. Her creativity and passion along with the great team in the kitchen always manage to bring to the table unique dishes.
At La Paloma, we choose to keep the menu small so we can concentrate on offering fresh dishes rather than a larger choice. We change our main courses and some of our starters every week. There are always 8 or 9 starters, including our famous mixed salad from our vegetable garden or a mixed Tuscan antipasti with charcuterie and cheeses flown in specially from a small farm in Tuscany. We try to use organic or local products as much as possible, like our mozzarella made by an Italian in Ibiza. When we cannot find products that we need locally we source them from small farms with quality products, like our Spanish olive oil that has won awards in Cataluña for its excellence.
Many of our ingredients come directly from Italy, like the Parmesan cheese (made in the original traditional way), the capers from Pantelleria, in Sicily or the Bresaola that is home made in Tuscany.
Our main courses always include 2 types of pasta (once a week is homemade pasta day), one choice of risotto, two meat dishes - one of them being our famous Solomillo (steak fillet) with balsamic vinegar and thyme sauce, one fish dish (always fresh) and one Bio Plate that is totally organic and vegan, and very tasty! All of these change weekly or even more often depending on what’s available in the market and in season.
All of the bread we serve at La Paloma is baked daily at our own bakery.
We also have our own vegetable garden, where we grow veggies, flowers and aromatic herbs. We like to keep the dishes simple, but at the same time behind every plate there is a long preparation and research for only the best ingredients.
We are a big family, so naturally this is the air you breathe here in La Paloma and children are always welcome!
Sometimes we organize music evenings in the garden.
We try to create new tastes and a unique atmosphere making it a special experience for our guests, not just a meal.
We like to be happy and to see people having a good time is a great blessing for us!!!