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BAIBEN, Calviá

Informal dining in a fabulous waterside location

2018, Dic 17th

Fernando Pérez Arellano – renowned chef of the two-Michelin-starred Zaranda at Castell Son Claret hotel – opened his second, more informal, restaurant Baiben in the glamorous Puerto Portals marina in October 2016. Unlike Zaranda, Baiben is open all year round – only closing on Christmas Eve night.

Baiben is a contemporary-style restaurant filled with natural light and colours of the Mediterranean. You could sit here dreaming about which of the glitzy boats moored right in front of the building that you’d like to own. You’re more likely to be concentrating on enjoying the delicious Mediterranean and Latin-American cuisine – touched by world travel culinary experiences. The cellar offers a choice of around 700 wines.

The Baiben by Arellano menu offers a wide and tempting choice, including tapas, with several dishes designed for sharing. Choosing can be difficult so my recommendation is to go with a few friends and select some dishes to share. Meats here are high quality and won’t disappoint meat lovers. There’s always a paella of the day too.

Lunch at Baiben is excellent value: a three-course lunch with dish choices for 22€ – including water, glass of wine or beer, and coffee – is a real bargain when you consider the stunning location and high standard of cuisine. Over the festive period, Baiben has set menus for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and the New Year’s Day brunch menu could be the perfect reward for a morning walk on January the 1st.

Between lunch and dinner times, the Baiben cocktail bar is open all day from midday and offers tapas and other light bites, as well as drinks.


Photos: Baiben / Jan Edwards