Our Online Marketing Executive Sabi just got back from Mallorca, where she spent a week eating, drinking and generally being merry. Here she shares her top dining destinations...
Mallorca has a reputation for two things: Magaluf, and less horrifyingly, the recent BBC series The Night Manager, much of which was set and shot on this Balearic island.
Mallorca is widely underestimated as a gastronomic destination. If you’re a fan of great food and even better vistas to gaze at whilst you graze, I’d highly recommend it. I spent a week eating my way around the island and can report back with these recommendations.
Ca’s Patro March
Featured in the aforementioned televisual hit The Night Manager, this small restaurant is found in a secluded cove, built into a rock face that dips into the crystal-clear turquoise sea. Unsurprisingly, Ca’s Patro March specialises in seafood, so after a starter of gazpacho, I got down and dirty with an extremely large plateful of grilled prawns. Freshly-caught in Soller, a neighbouring seaside town, these prawns were closer to lobster in taste, texture and pretty much size. If you can’t decide which under-the-sea delights to try, opt for the mixed grill, a selection of the best seafood Mallorca has to offer.
Es Mirador de Son Samà
Located in a 16th century mansion in the hills of Mallorca, the views from Es Mirador are sensational. If you can tear your eyes away long enough to check out the menu, you’ll find traditional Mallorcan dishes given a modern twist. A grilled prawn salad with mango and kiwi preceded roast suckling pig, a local delicacy, with the best crackling I’ve ever tasted.
Es Moli de Vent
A restored old mill, this restaurant wins for best décor. Cosy yet contemporary, with low ceilings, cast iron features and glowing candles, it’s the perfect spot for sophisticated meal. Run by a German family, Es Moli de Vent takes local produce to create a small but perfectly-formed menu. The monk fish in chorizo sauce with chilli-coated potatoes was light and dreamy, which I obviously had to balance out with a warm chocolate pudding, served with a strawberry salad (get that five-a-day in).
Es Reco de Randa
We watched the sun set over Mallorca from this restaurant. Super friendly staff introduced us to new magical dishes, like foie gras topped with goat’s cheese and caramalized apple and cod gratin with aioli. Mallorca is known for almonds; there are almonds everywhere and in everything. Almond cake (often accompanied with almond ice cream – you can never have too much almond) is served at every restaurant and café, so you have to try it at least once. Or every day.
Es 4 Vents
I started with a goat’s cheese and caramelized onion salad, which was wonderful, but nothing compared to the main that followed. I ordered slow-cooked goat kid in a balsamic and orange blossom honey glaze, which was 1) enormous, and 2) perfection. A corner of the restaurant is dedicated to a huge grill (don’t worry, you won’t come out reeking of smoke), where you can watch the chef cook sizeable cuts of beef and pork. The place to go if you love meat.
If you love food as much as we do, share your restaurant recommendations in the comments below.