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“pretty awul, considering what they charge!”
Review of Hanaita

Ranked #296 of 2,182 Restaurants in Palma de Mallorca
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Santa Catalina
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“pretty awul, considering what they charge!”
Reviewed 16 January 2014

short version:

-bad/slow service
- very expensive for what you are getting (8.50 euros for a small miso soup)..and its far from high end japanese
- not authentic

i gave it two stars because the fish in itself was not bad.

long version:

ok, first of i have to admit that i'm a foodie. i knew from the get go that there is no such thing as a real authentic japanese restaurant in mallorca. i'm lucky to travel the world on a regular basis which includes regular visits to tokyo, nyc, la, (good places for japanese food) etc. anyways, enough about me. i decided to give this place a try as a friend recommended it and its located right next to a good fish market.

the place has 1 waiter for the entire restaurant which was fully booked during lunch. maybe he had a bad day, but he was rather impersonal and said that nothing on menu be altered or exchanged. everything has to be the way it was pictured on the menu. ok fine, so we had a look and i saw that their regular miso soup is 8.50 euros (ps this is not a fancy place!). while ordering i kindly asked what was so special about their miso soup as i was curious. the waiter said it was special because it was made freshly rather than with powder…i would sure hope so! at any rate, after ordering i finally received my sushi order 50min later…50min during lunch time is a very long wait!

i have been to around 100 japanese restaurants in my lifetime and consider myself fairly knowledgeable about its food. i have never been served the sushi the way this chef did. he basically made one big piece and cut it in half so that he can present two pieces rather than do them individually. which obviously results in uneven rice on each piece of sushi. the quality of the fish was not bad, but also not amazing either. the tuna was very low end quality you would expect at a conveyer belt sushi place in london.

overall the service was poor (i just found out from a friend that this waiter is always in a bad mood and is rather infamous..haha), food expensive, average decor, and i would not recommend this place to anyone.

if you go on holiday to mallorca, my advice would be to stick to spanish restaurants. but still do your research!

  • Visited January 2014
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3 Thank tronicmusic
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not so difficult to be the best Japanese”
Reviewed 9 January 2014

Of course this restaurant doesn't have any rival in Mallorca, but if we consider that most of them are actually Chinese restaurants recycled in Japanese or "fusionists" is not so difficult.
Is an excellent restaurant (sushi, sashimi, and the nice aperitif they serve before dishes). Maybe wine's carte could be improved. The waiter is an special one but very friendly. Prize is not it best characteristic.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Sebastià V
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Beijing, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Simply LOVE it!”
Reviewed 6 June 2013

Hanaita is without a doubt the best Japanese restaurant I have even been to. If you are on a tight budget, forget about it. However, if you really appreciate Japanese food and don't really mind the money - even if it's only for one day -, you should definitely go.
The fish is always fresh, bought in the morning at the market square. In fact, you might come across slight changes on the menu depending on the availability of a specific type of fish at the market, and they close on Sundays - same as the marketplace - because they want to provide customers with the best quality.
Moreover, the way the sushi is cut and presented is extremely caring and professional. Excellent rice; excellent wasabi.
On top of that, the service is also great. I go there every once in a while with my family and we are really fond of their modest, funny waiter. The dishes are served properly and their appetizer is a piece of heaven. The rest of the dishes are just as amazing as their sushi, and no matter how many times you go, it will never disappoint you. There hasn't been a single time where I haven't left Hanaita full(y) satisfied.
Drawbacks? The place is tiny (reservations are essential), and some would say a bit shabby. But who cares, what matters is food!

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank MariondeKanterville
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“Good value Japanese food in Mallorca”
Reviewed 2 September 2008

The Hanaita restaurant in Palma gives great traditional Japanese food in good comfortable surrondings.

Thank monoyam
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