Mallorca has become a real foodie destination, with chefs reviving traditional local dishes. Gastronomic experiences range from an authentic paella on the beach to rustic roasts in farmhouse restaurants in the interior and Michelin-standard cuisine in the smarter resorts.
British chef Marc Fosh creates superlative Mediterranean dishes using the best local produce. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2014. The menu here changes seasonally, but might include cherry gazpacho with marinated sardines and goat’s cheese or rice with lobster, rabbit fillets and parsley-liquorice chlorophyll. Try it out with the bargain set lunch for around €27.50 for three courses and you’ll definitely return for a push-the-boat-out dinner with tasting menus for €79 and €89 and an excellent eight-course vegetarian menu for €68.
Location: Hotel Convent de la Missió, La Missió 7
Contact: 00 34 971 720114;
Price: about £60 for two courses, with wine. Cards accepted
Opening times: lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat
Es Molí d’en Bou
Michelin-starred Tomeu Caldentey moved his restaurant from an old windmill to a swish location in the resort of Sa Coma south of Artà and Capdepera on the east coast. Slick minimalism has replaced rural charm, but the new setting is more appropriate for one of Spain’s top restaurants. This is creative Mallorcan cuisine at its best, with startling combinations of flavour and texture. A shorter version of the tasting menu is served on Wednesday evening and Saturday lunchtime.
Location: Protur Sa Coma Hotel, Calle Liles, Sa Coma
Contact: 00 34 971 569663
Price: Set menu £128; £66 for sample version, without drinks
Opening times: dinner, Tue-Sat, lunch Sat only
Fernando Pérez Arellano gained a Michelin star in 2010 just a few months after transferring his restaurant from Madrid to Mallorca. He is now based at the rather gorgeous Castell Son Claret hotel near Andratx, where dishes on the tasting menu might include cuttlefish carbonara or sea urchin with scallop ceviche and seaweed. For a less formal meal with the focus on local cuisine, you can also eat at La Olivera, also at the hotel.
Location: Hotel Castell Son Claret, Carretera Capdella-Galilea km 1,7, Capella
Contact: 00 34 971 138627
Price: tasting menus from €108 without drinks. Cards accepted
Opening times: dinner, Tues-Sat (also Sun in July & August); lunch Fri-Sun
This restaurant is almost hidden among the holm oaks in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains near the Lluc sanctuary – perfect for lunch after a visit. Shady terraces are set into the hillside overlooking a rock pool. The traditional Mallorcan menu includes arròs brut, a tasty rice dish made with chicken, rabbit and local sausages and there is a good range of Mallorcan wines. Kids can escape to the play area if they get restless while you linger over coffee.