Restaurants

NEW GARDEN & RESTAURANT IN BUZZING EL TERRENO

For decades the world has been expecting the El Terreno area in Palma to pop. And now it's finally happening! Check out the laid back lounge vibe at the new Hostal Corona & Japas Garden.

TRANSFORMATIONAL TAPAS – COME FOR JAPAS!

Palma’s new boho chic hangout is a charming restaurant oasis in El Terreno.

Hostal Corona & Japas Garden is where Scandi flair meets Mediterrasian vibes.

”We just knew this was our place”, say the co-owners Ida W Rådsten and Camilla Broman.

It is hidden away on a narrow street in Palma’s most iconic tourist area El Terreno.

The neighbourhood is a bit like a beautiful sleeping princess waiting for a prince to show up. Now the suitor is literally on his way to deliver the kiss. The old party area at Plaza Gomila is about to come to life again as seven new quality hotels are being built.

The entire area is expected to explode.

A few streets higher up on the hill, passers by catch a glimpse of palm trees, greenery and an alluring new chill out space on the rambling hillside through stylish iron gates. The place literally oozes of Art Déco and has lots of charming little nooks and crannies.

Here, near the woods of Castillo de Bellver, the young Swedish entrepreneurs Camilla Broman and Ida W Rådsten, are launching a project in a house from the year 1910, bursting with hippy vibes and recently infused with shabby chic innovation.

Gingerbread house

”Lots of people say they used to play table tennis here in the old days. We love the relaxed garden ambiance – but the table tennis just had to go!”, says Ida W Rådsten, as she explains the philosophy behind the changes they have made at Hostal Corona.

Cultivating the soul of the gingerbread house is key. The signature oxidized red colours have been spruced up with black and gold details, giving the laid back ambiance a plush vibe, but the relaxed ambiance and the fabric garden lamps remain the same.

Despite their youth, Ida W Rådsten and Camilla Broman have impressive backgrounds in the restaurant business in Scandinavia.

”I was planning on starting a restaurant in Stockholm”, says Camilla Broman.

”When Ida told me about her restaurant and lounge idea at Hostal Corona, I got excited at the thought of embarking on an adventure together in Palma instead.”

Tapas and Japas!

For the two co-owners it was the most natural thing in the world to import chefs from Sweden to give their restaurant project in Mallorca a cutting edge.

Two top creative forces are working among the pots and pans in the open kitchen on the first floor. Chefs Bettina Petersen and Samuel Lewén used to work at culinary hot spots such as EastBerns and Vedholms Fisk in Stockholm, specializing in Asian delicacies.

”We have Japas here instead of tapas”, says Ida W Rådsten, with a smile.

”Sushi and other Asian tapas are such delicious summer foods.”

”It is going to be totally possible to have Spanish cold cuts and great wines too in my wine cellar. All ten members of our staff have attended a wine course too”. says Camilla Broman, who is launching Broman’s Bodega in a picturesque part of the garden entrance, where a growing old olive tree supports a beautiful bar made of olive wood. Camilla Broman’s extensive knowledge of international wines, and her recent in depth studies of Spanish and Mallorcan wines, give the restaurant a cultured viticultural backbone.

Private dining

One of the top attractions is just to sit in the garden enjoying a drink from the generously supplied bar, while sampling exciting Asian snacks from the Bar Menu.

Another is the cosy option of dining near the garden entrance in a chambre separée. Upstairs, where the main restaurant is located, there is yet another room for guests who wish to enjoy their food and drinks in a more private ambiance. If you climb higher up still in the lovely villa, you reach the hostel rooms and a balcony with sea views.

”We are opening the restaurant Japas Garden first and the hostel will happen later”, says Ida W Rådsten.

All over the premises there is an abundance of decorative little gold crowns – all part of the heritage. The former owner Tófol Navarro took over the hostel 34 years ago.

Hostal Corona

”I was born in the Calle Santa Rita right next door to the hostel. and have experienced the height of El Terreno’s existence, as well as it’s lowest points. And now it’s about to get back to its former glory days again”, says Cristóbal ”Tófol” Navarro.

”When my former wife and I took over, the hostel had been running since 1952, and prior to that it was a private house. When we bought it the garden was a parking lot. We made everything grow there and brought a lot of ideas to the garden from all our travels.”

A crown in Spanish is ”una corona”. Tófol believes the name of the hostel comes from the association with the nearby Bellver Castle.

”Kings live in castles, and they used to wear crowns in the old days”, he says.

Hostal Corona’s name will remain the same, despite any possible controversy that could be linked with the health condition by the same name.

”We feel the name will spark interest”, say Ida W Rådsten and Camilla Broman. And lots of the islands’ well positioned influencers, invited by Hostal Corona & Japas Garden’s COO Eric Franco, came to the opening parties in December 2021. People gathered to check out the new space and sample the yummy food. All eagerness and anticipation!

And with delicious food such as sublime sushi and sashimi, tuna tataki salad & chapche sweet potato noodles with mixed vegetables, all paired with top wines, a great atmosphere and a fun crowd, who can resist to visit this new watering hole in Palma?

Text Charlotte von Proschwitz Photo Thomas Engström

TRANSFORMATIONAL TAPAS – COME FOR JAPAS!

Palma’s new boho chic hangout is a charming restaurant oasis in El Terreno.

Hostal Corona & Japas Garden is where Scandi flair meets Mediterrasian vibes.

”We just knew this was our place”, say the co-owners Ida W Rådsten and Camilla Broman.

It is hidden away on a narrow street in Palma’s most iconic tourist area El Terreno.

The neighbourhood is a bit like a beautiful sleeping princess waiting for a prince to show up. Now the suitor is literally on his way to deliver the kiss. The old party area at Plaza Gomila is about to come to life again as seven new quality hotels are being built.

The entire area is expected to explode.

A few streets higher up on the hill, passers by catch a glimpse of palm trees, greenery and an alluring new chill out space on the rambling hillside through stylish iron gates. The place literally oozes of Art Déco and has lots of charming little nooks and crannies.

Here, near the woods of Castillo de Bellver, the young Swedish entrepreneurs Camilla Broman and Ida W Rådsten, are launching a project in a house from the year 1910, bursting with hippy vibes and recently infused with shabby chic innovation.

Gingerbread house

”Lots of people say they used to play table tennis here in the old days. We love the relaxed garden ambiance – but the table tennis just had to go!”, says Ida W Rådsten, as she explains the philosophy behind the changes they have made at Hostal Corona.

Cultivating the soul of the gingerbread house is key. The signature oxidized red colours have been spruced up with black and gold details, giving the laid back ambiance a plush vibe, but the relaxed ambiance and the fabric garden lamps remain the same.

Despite their youth, Ida W Rådsten and Camilla Broman have impressive backgrounds in the restaurant business in Scandinavia.

”I was planning on starting a restaurant in Stockholm”, says Camilla Broman.

”When Ida told me about her restaurant and lounge idea at Hostal Corona, I got excited at the thought of embarking on an adventure together in Palma instead.”

Tapas and Japas!

For the two co-owners it was the most natural thing in the world to import chefs from Sweden to give their restaurant project in Mallorca a cutting edge.

Two top creative forces are working among the pots and pans in the open kitchen on the first floor. Chefs Bettina Petersen and Samuel Lewén used to work at culinary hot spots such as EastBerns and Vedholms Fisk in Stockholm, specializing in Asian delicacies.

”We have Japas here instead of tapas”, says Ida W Rådsten, with a smile.

”Sushi and other Asian tapas are such delicious summer foods.”

”It is going to be totally possible to have Spanish cold cuts and great wines too in my wine cellar. All ten members of our staff have attended a wine course too”. says Camilla Broman, who is launching Broman’s Bodega in a picturesque part of the garden entrance, where a growing old olive tree supports a beautiful bar made of olive wood. Camilla Broman’s extensive knowledge of international wines, and her recent in depth studies of Spanish and Mallorcan wines, give the restaurant a cultured viticultural backbone.

Private dining
One of the top attractions is just to sit in the garden enjoying a drink from the generously supplied bar, while sampling exciting Asian snacks from the Bar Menu.

Another is the cosy option of dining near the garden entrance in a chambre separée. Upstairs, where the main restaurant is located, there is yet another room for guests who wish to enjoy their food and drinks in a more private ambiance. If you climb higher up still in the lovely villa, you reach the hostel rooms and a balcony with sea views.

”We are opening the restaurant Japas Garden first and the hostel will happen later”, says Ida W Rådsten.

All over the premises there is an abundance of decorative little gold crowns – all part of the heritage. The former owner Tófol Navarro took over the hostel 34 years ago.

Hostal Corona

”I was born in the Calle Santa Rita right next door to the hostel. and have experienced the height of El Terreno’s existence, as well as it’s lowest points. And now it’s about to get back to its former glory days again”, says Cristóbal ”Tófol” Navarro.

”When my former wife and I took over, the hostel had been running since 1952, and prior to that it was a private house. When we bought it the garden was a parking lot. We made everything grow there and brought a lot of ideas to the garden from all our travels.”

A crown in Spanish is ”una corona”. Tófol believes the name of the hostel comes from the association with the nearby Bellver Castle.

”Kings live in castles, and they used to wear crowns in the old days”, he says.

Hostal Corona’s name will remain the same, despite any possible controversy that could be linked with the health condition by the same name.

”We feel the name will spark interest”, say Ida W Rådsten and Camilla Broman. And lots of the islands’ well positioned influencers, invited by Hostal Corona & Japas Garden’s COO Eric Franco, came to the opening parties in December 2021. People gathered to check out the new space and sample the yummy food. All eagerness and anticipation!

And with delicious food such as sublime sushi and sashimi, tuna tataki salad & chapche sweet potato noodles with mixed vegetables, all paired with top wines, a great atmosphere and a fun crowd, who can resist to visit this new watering hole in Palma?

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

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