Culinary stops in Mallorca: what awaits you in 2020?
The island of Mallorca offers enormous culinary diversity in a small space which delights both gastronomes and fine diners! Journalist and food expert Martina Zender reveals what culinary trends await you this year in Mallorca. In recent years, he has tried around 1,500 bars and restaurants in Mallorca and his restaurant reviews appear in newspapers, magazines and books.
Which restaurants will the connoisseurs love in 2020?
The two markets Olivar and Santa Catalina in Palma are always perfect for a lunch stop. The food stalls offer a variety of freshly prepared local products, such as seafood, elaborate tapas or typical dishes such as crispy pork ribs roasted in the oven. Right next to the Olivar market, the well-known Mallorcan chef Santi Taura runs his new restaurant - Cor Barra i Taula - which has attracted a colourful mix of visitors since it opened in summer. At night, foodies flock to Clandesti in Palma and Brut in Llubí. For those who prefer things to be even more exclusive, book a table at the Sa Fortaleza Restaurant at Hotel Cap Rocat in Cala Blava (photos), an old fortress by the sea. There you can enjoy Michelin-star level food and dine like Mallorcan nobility - in summer, you can also eat on the terrace overlooking the bay of Palma.
What food trends are people talking about in Mallorca?
Demand for organic products has increased greatly, although there is still much room for improvement. The number of organic farmers in Mallorca has also increased, chefs are even creating their own gardens and growing their own vegetables, herbs and fruit. The second magic word is fermentation. The Brut restaurant in Llubí is a pioneer in this regard, working with self-fermented vegetables and kombucha. The new Totally Gutted store in Palma specialises in kimchi, kombucha, kefir and fermented cheese. Another growing trend in Mallorca is vegan cuisine. It is beautifully executed, for example, in the traditional Bon Lloc restaurant in Palma and in Bellaverde in Port de Pollença.
What interesting news is there in Mallorca’s restaurant scene?
My current favourites are Shaka and Maleva. Both opened in 2019, belong to the same owner Matias Provvidenti and are located in the modern Plaça Raimundo Clar. Several other restaurants have been established in the square, for example, La Vieja serves Canarian specialties, award-winning hamburgers are on the menu at Raimundo's hamburger and the Japanese skewers of the Robata grill in the Kasui restaurant. Shaka offers Hawaiian cuisine in an attractive and exotic environment, which includes the popular poke bowls that Provvidenti was the first to bring to the island: vegetables and fruit served in a bowl, along with marinated fish or meat. The Maleva is known for its excellent grilled dishes with high-quality organic meat from the island.
Which chefs will make a mark in 2020?
After the Argos restaurant in Port de Pollença moved, Chef Álvaro Salazar returned to cook up a Michelin star in his new restaurant, the Voro, at the Hyatt Park Hotel in Canyamel. Alvaro cooks very creatively, uses many organic products and his finely composed dishes also look great. A culinary experience that you will not forget soon.
And for an unforgettable meal by the sea ...
Many restaurants by the sea are often a culinary disappointment because they attract many customers due to their excellent location, even without sophisticated cuisine. Exceptions: The Mar de Nudos in the marina of Palma that serves excellent Japanese sushi cuisine, but also pasta specialties, Mediterranean dishes and seafood in all of its variations. An ocean view for a breakfast/brunch with a difference is available at the Maricel Hotel in Cas Català. Here too, customers who do not reside at the hotel can start their day at the hotel restaurant with this excellent and award-winning breakfast menu. This is also possible at the Arrels restaurant at the Gran Melià de Mar Hotel in Illetes, which also offers an exclusive multi-course breakfast menu, exclusively with the best organic products from the Balearic Islands. In both restaurants, of course, you can also enjoy excellent lunch and dinner. To enjoy excellent sea views, including creative cuisine, it is worth the trip to Port de Sóller. The Neni restaurant offers Israeli-Mediterranean dishes in a wonderful atmosphere.