[by Tanja] Earlier this year we spent a lovely week in beautiful Mallorca. Dividing our time between hiking and dining. Great nature and great food, two things the Spanish island is well-known for. Unfortunately we did not manage to book a table at Canela. This popular restaurant, think Parisian bistro style interior with fusion food, in the historic center of Palma was fully booked.
So, when the invite to enjoy dinner at the new Amsterdam restaurant Teng Janssen stated that the famous chef Fabian Fuster of Canela would be in charge of the kitchen, we were more than happy to join! Our chance to enjoy Mallorca’s finest food in Amsterdam. Who says there is no such thing as a coincidence?
Restaurant Teng Janssen in Amsterdam
Restaurant Teng Janssen opened its doors in Amsterdam about six months ago. A popular place for local residents since. Open from 08.30 till late, this is a place with options. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails. Inside or out, weather permitted.
Owner Olivier Janssen – the name of the restaurant is an ode to Olivier’s grandfather Teng – is proud of this collaboration with chef Fabian Fuster of Canela. The first time he visited Canela was a rare culinary experience for him. All seemed to be right. The flavors unique and in balance, the combinations of food completely innovative and the presentation was art without being pretentious.
” With the development of the concept for my new restaurant, I want to continue the spirit of my grandfather Teng. By following his philosophy: innovate, connect, create and, above all, enjoy! ”
__ Oliver Janssen
The menu proudly states Teng Janssen Kitchen by Canela. On it are, alongside special developed dishes for Teng, the most popular signature dishes from Canela. This is where Asia meets Mallorca meets Amsterdam in an easy-going atmosphere. Do try the Cambodian springrolls.
Hiking (and dining) in Mallorca
During our tasteful Teng dinner, my hubby and I were reminiscing about our recent trip to Mallorca. Our 18-year-old daughter was traveling to Cape Town by herself for the very first time that week. A big step for her but perhaps an even bigger one for the parents…
We love to go hiking in Serra de Tramuntana, so we took our chances this time. Hiking is not something 18-year-olds generally have in mind when they think of Mallorca.
This mountain range in the northwest of Mallorca is an Unesco World Heritage site and stunningly beautiful. The path under our feet is steep and rocky, well-worn by those that came before me. These ancient footpaths can be heavy on your ankles – be sure you wear the right hiking boots! Reward is that they cut through some of the most beautiful scenery you can imagine.
Although surrounded by all this beauty, there was me, huffing and puffing underneath the weight of my oversized backpack. This was our first multi-day hike ever. And yes, I made the beginners mistake: packed too many things. What on earth was I thinking? Hiking light up next!
Dining and (Hiking) in Mallorca
Our hiking trip starts and finishes in pitoresque rural village Valldemossa, favourite place of Chopin and Georges Sand. To name two. Located in the midst of the Tramuntana mountains it really feels like the time stood still.
During our hike most of the restaurants were still closed, only to open in March. The food in the mountain refuges is basic but tasteful. Even for a flexi-tarian like me.
For a real dining experience besides Canela, Palma is the place with many great places to choose from. Our favourites:
- Amaya – only open for two years with great, stylish interior – wall with restored old shutters – and ditto fusion cuisine. Vegetarians very welcome!
- Tast Club – one of our new discovered favorites. For Mallorca’s signature tapas dishes like croquetas and pan de cristal, this is the place to be. Literally a hidden gem, no signs look for the outside candles. Oh, don’t forget the tomato salad with burrata..
- La Paloma – Former Michelin * Chef Carlos move from Barcelona to Mallorca. Famous for his grilled meat with still enough options to satisfy the vegetarians amongst us.
Reservation recommended applies to all of the above, even in low season. A secured culinary delight is the perfect hiking goal after a day in the great outdoors. Hiking and dining, we’ve found the perfect pairing.
Our dinner at Teng Janssen was by invitation on behalf of Chapter Fifty. We only accept invites that answer positive to the question: “does it match our lifestyle?”. We will not write about anything that we would not wear, eat, sleep or see ourselves. Authenticity is very important to Chapter Fifty.