Excellent Restaurants in Mallorca
Marc Fosh, Palma
In a charming 17th century building, located in the picturesque heart of Palma’s old town, renowned chef Marc Fosh runs his Michelin-starred Mediterranean brasserie. Here, guests can enjoy a three-course lunch menu that includes yellow gazpacho with marinated salmon and squid with seafood rice – all at an affordable price of 23.50 euros.
La Boveda, Palma
Palma offers a wealth of tapas restaurants, but La Bóveda stands out. It is the sister restaurant of the well-known Taberna de la Bóveda and offers guests an easier reservation option. Despite the extensive menu, the experienced, silver-haired waiters always know which delicacies to recommend. In an inviting setting, guests are treated to sumptuous garlic prawns, fish croquettes, stuffed peppers, bacon-wrapped dates and pa amb oli (Mallorca’s answer to bruschetta).
Anticeller Son Toreó, Sineu
The oldest restaurant in Sineu, in an early 12th century building, Son Toreó is worth the trip to the center of the island. The family-run restaurant closed 37 years ago because of the ban on gas cooking, but was reopened ten years ago by the fourth generation of the Fuster family. She now cooks the Mallorcan meat specialties – steaks, chicken and rabbit – on a wood fire and gives them a lovely taste. Portions are generous, but save some hunger for the almond nougat mousse.
Es Verger, Alaro
The locals were a bit upset when Rick Stein came here and told the world that he had the best lamb he had ever eaten here. Since then, many more people have ventured along the thin dirt road to this rustic farm restaurant halfway to the top of the mountain. It is known to British expats simply as “The Lamb Restaurant”. It serves simple Mallorcan fare, but it’s best to follow Rick’s lead and order the paletilla de cordero, shoulder of lamb slow-cooked in its no-longer-so-secret ingredient, San Miguel beer. Booking is essential.
Reserve a table on the popular restaurant’s grape-covered terrace, overlooking the village and the lush valley towards the Tramuntana Mountains. Of the many restaurants in Fornalutx, this one stands out for its filling Mallorcan dishes, including roast suckling pig and roast lamb. If you can’t get a table on the terrace, just visit Es Turo on the same street for a similar experience.
Café C’ at Moixet, Pollensa
Don’t be put off by the rather shabby exterior of this tapas bar in Pollensa’s main square. It may not look as attractive as the other restaurants in this prime spot, but the atmosphere is lush, the tapas are excellent and the prices are low. It is a popular place for morning coffees and pastries, especially on Sunday (market day). It also makes a very good mojito.
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