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Restaurant of the Week


by Jan Edwards

Each week Jan presents her chosen Restaurant of the Week on her Saturday morning show TABLE TALK. Find out more about her featured restaurants here.

Basic Bar Restaurante, Palma

2019, Oct. 7th

A high-quality three-course lunch for under 15 € in Palma de Mallorca? Find it here, close to El Corte Inglés on the Avenidas.

You’re unlikely to stumble across Basic Bar Restaurante on a wander around Palma de Mallorca. This restaurant is tucked away in a side street, off Carrer Aragón, close to the rear of El Corte Inglés on the Avenidas.

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La Vieja de Jonay Hernández, Palma

2019, Sep 30th

‘New Canarian’ cuisine from chef/owner Jonay Hernández is on the menu at this cool eatery in Palma’s Sa Gerreria district…

Canarian cuisine with creative modern touches awaits you at La Vieja de Jonay Hernández – located in the increasingly trendy Plaça de Raimundo Clar, in the regenerated area of Sa Gerreria, in Palma.

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Avocado Club, Palma

2019, Sep 23rd

Fans of the avocado will be in their element when they see the choice of healthy avocado dishes at this recent addition to Palma’s Passeig de Mallorca…

Opened in July, Avocado Club is an independent restaurant in Palma’s Passeig de Mallorca. The clue that you’ve found the place is the large wicker peacock chair outside, adorned with artificial flowers. Your first Instagram moment.

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Cassai Beach House, Colonia de Sant Jordi

2019, Sep 16th

Stylish and situated right by the sea, Cassai Beach House is a relaxed place to enjoy tasty modern Mediterranean cuisine…

If you like to seize any opportunity to eat by the Mediterranean as summer slips into autumn, Cassai Beach House in Colònia de Sant Jordi is worth a visit. There’s an attractive nautical décor at this beachfront eatery at Cala Galiota. Three distinct dining areas are on different levels: the decked terrace is the lowest and closest to the beach.

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Restaurant Nama, Deià

2019, Sep 9th

Beautiful Tramuntana village of Deia is home to this stylish restaurant serving memorable Asian cuisine – with plenty of choice for vegan diners.

You’re spoilt for choice when eating out in the picturesque mountain village of Deià, but if it’s authentic Asian flavours you’re hungry for, then Restaurant Nama is the place to head for. Nama is in a townhouse on the main street through the village and has been a popular eatery since it opened in 2016.

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Restaurant Nama

C/ Arxiduc Lluis Salvador, 22

Deià

+34 971 636 102

www.restaurantnama.com

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12 h until late daily except Thursday. (Lunch menu available from 12 - 17 h)

La Pérgola, Colonia de Sant Jordi

2019, Sep 2nd

Wine enthusiasts will appreciate the remarkable choice at this Colonia de Sant Jordi restaurant…

A family-run hotel in a Mallorcan resort may seem an unlikely place to find a restaurant with a cellar of 400 different Mallorcan and Spanish wines, but it’s the reason that Hotel El Coto in Colonia de Sant Jordi is known as ‘the wine hotel’.

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Sa Llotja, Portocolom

2019, Aug 26th

Restaurant with memorable views, delicious cuisine, and affordable set menus – at lunch and dinner times.

Portocolom has plenty of eateries facing the picturesque harbour, but my favourite of them all is set apart from the others and may easily be missed because it’s above street level.

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Bistro Senzill, Capdepera

2019, Aug 19th

Chef Andreu Genestra serves dishes based on local produce in a rural setting near Capdepera.

Mallorcan chef Andreu Genestra has two restaurants at the Hotel Predi Son Jaumell, in the countryside outside the northeast-Mallorcan town of Capdepera. The restaurant in his name has one Michelin star but, if your budget won’t stretch to Michelin-star dining, his Bistro Senzill at the same hotel offers an opportunity to eat Andreu’s cuisine at a more accessible price, in a less formal ambience.

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Kairiku, Campos

2019, Aug 12th

Mallorca’s only omakase restaurant is in Campos and has a new master of Japanese haute cuisine

Kairiku restaurant in the town of Campos offers an omakase dining experience that’s unique on the island. Omakase translates as ‘I trust you’ and that means you trust the chef to choose what to serve. Every dish of the menu at Kairiku comes as a delicious surprise and an example of authentic Japanese cuisine.

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Cova Negra, Capdepera

2019, Aug 5th

Located in a former convent in the hilltop town of Capdepera, Cova Negra is chef Pablo Tamarit’s own restaurant – an exciting addition to the gastronomic offering of Mallorca’s northeast.

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Marc Fosh, Palma

 

2019, July 22nd

No self-respecting foodie should miss the opportunity to try the Michelin-starred cuisine at Marc Fosh restaurant in Palma de Mallorca – where an excellent-value lunch is on offer.

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Arume, Palma

Brush up your skills with chopsticks* at this Palma restaurant serving Asian-meets-Mediterranean cuisine from the talented chef/owner Tomeu Martí.

2019, July 15th

Arume restaurant in Palma is still my favourite place to eat Asian cuisine – with some Mediterranean touches. The amiable Mallorcan chef and owner Tomeu Martí honed his Asian culinary skills during his travels to that part of the world. He opened Arume in 2006, five years after winning the title of Spain’s best young chef, aged 21.

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Quince, Porto Cristo

A super-friendly and relaxed restaurant in Porto Cristo with fine views down over the marina, serving ‘soul food’. Be sure to book ahead for a table.

2019, July 8th

When Martín L. Segura bought the existing Quince Restaurante & Cantina in September 2015, his venture into restaurant ownership began. Today, the Argentinian owns four successful eateries in Porto Cristo and Porto Cristo Novo. Of them all, Quince is still our favourite, for its location, tasty international food, relaxed atmosphere, and super-friendly staff.

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Oliu, Andratx

No parking problems at this stylish roadside restaurant with terrace and garden near Andratx.

2019, July 1st

A restaurant owned by its chef is usually a reliable choice when looking for a place to eat good food. That’s certainly the case with Oliu restaurant – on the road between Andratx and Port d’Andratx – where Mallorcan chef and owner Joan Porcel Balaguer has been offering his creative dishes since 2013.

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VORO, Canyamel

A choice of two tasting menus of chef Álvaro Salazar’s signature cuisine make this fine-dining restaurant a reason to visit Canyamel.

2019, June 24th

When the smart restaurant VORO opened this year at the 5-star Park Hyatt Mallorca, in Mallorca’s northeast resort of Canyamel, there was no doubt that the cuisine would be exceptional. This fine-dining restaurant has a talented young team in the kitchen, led by chef Álvaro Salazar. He previously worked in Puerto Pollensa at Argos, which was still in its debut year when Michelin first awarded it a coveted star.

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Rosetó, Palma

A hideaway restaurant in the heart of Palma, with a courtyard for alfresco eating and a great-value menu.

2019, June 17th

Everyone should know a place to eat in Palma de Mallorca where they can escape the summer crowds and enjoy a well-priced lunch or dinner.

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Sebastian, Deià

Making diners happy for 25 years, this seasonal restaurant in the mountain village of Deià is a favourite for a special occasion.

2019, June 10th

Restaurante Sebastian in the picturesque village of Deià is owned by the amiable German chef Sebastian Pasch and his delightful Irish wife Patricia, who runs front of house. Twenty-five years after they first opened their restaurant, they still appear to be enjoying what they do: cooking and serving delicious Mediterranean cuisine, based on fresh local produce.

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Sa Punta, Son Servera

A popular Mediterranean restaurant on a promontory at Port Verd, near Cala Bona.

2019, June 3rd

If you knew Sa Punta a few years ago, you’ll find it’s changed quite a bit since then. Although still under the same ownership (a member of Rafa Nadal’s family), the restaurant was given a stylish new look in 2017 and positive changes were made to personnel and the menu. We visited after a few years’ absence and found a much-improved Sa Punta.

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Tess de Mar, Campos

Mediterranean fine dining in an elegant setting at the heart of Campos.

2019, May 27th

At first glance, Campos seems an unlikely setting for a fine-dining experience but, in the heart of this agricultural town, Tess de Mar is one of two excellent restaurants at the 5-star Sa Creu Nova Art Hotel and Spa – a sympathetic conversion of three townhouses.

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Ponderosa Beach, Playa de Muro

Memorable eating experience by the Mediterranean, with dreamy Bay of Alcúdia views

2019, May 20th

Ponderosa Beach is not a typical ‘chiringuito’, although you’ll find it on the long sandy Playa de Muro. This family-run beach eatery – which has its roots back in 1967 – offers an unexpected level of gastronomy for a place where there’s sand beneath your table.

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Santosha, Palma

Friendly service, cool décor, and delicious healthy food await you in this brunch/lunch eatery in a quiet lane in central Palma

2019, May 13rd

Santosha restaurant is in a quiet lane in the heart of Palma, offering sanctuary from the bustle of the more tourist-populated areas. Owners Ruth and Eran previously worked in the yachting sector as chef and captain respectively and put their roots down in Mallorca to open this restaurant in 2016.

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Bodeguita Picador, Palma

A smart new tapas bar with tasty food, cool music soundtrack, and designer interior, in the heart of Palma

2019, May 6th

Palma’s newest tapas bar is alongside, and belongs to, Hotel Mamá in Palma’s iconic Plaza de Cort. As with the adjoining hotel, the look of the place was created by the famous French interior designer Jacques Grange.

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Es Pati, Sant Llorenç

A cosy townhouse restaurant in the Llevant town of Sant Llorenç, offering a daily changing tasting menu.

2019, Apr 29th

A quirky painted sign of a sitting cat outside a residential-street townhouse in Sant Llorenç is your welcome to Es Pati, a cosy family-friendly restaurant that’s open only in the evenings and offers gourmet cuisine.

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Forn, Palma

A family-run restaurant offering creative cuisine in a former old bakery in La Lonja

2019, Apr 22nd

Forn in Palma is in a former 19th-century bakery in La Lonja that was converted into a restaurant in 1992. The founder’s sons Carlos and Christian are now responsible for Forn restaurant, which has recently undergone a stylish makeover.

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Botànic Restaurant, Palma

A new concept of healthy all-day eating in Palma’s largest private garden

2019, Apr 15th

Botànic is the restaurant of the stunning 5-star hotel Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden in Palma’s La Lonja – but you don’t have to be staying overnight to eat here. Botànic opened late December 2018, offering all-day dining and a refreshing culinary concept for Palma: nourishing gourmet cuisine that’s largely plant-based, using organic local produce.

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L’Atrio by Sascha, Artà

Hotspot for steak fans in the North East

2019, Apr 8th

This restaurant is one of two in Artà owned by German chef Sascha – and a hotspot for steak fans.

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L’Atrio by Sascha

C/ de la Ciutat, 54

Artà

+34 971 15 29 27

www.nacreu.com

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday
12:30 - 15:30 h & 18:30 - 22:30 h

Café Rialto, Palma

Scandi chic and all-day home-cooked international cuisine

2019, Apr 1st

This week’s Restaurant of the Week is, in fact, a café, but it’s one with oodles of style, delicious international food, and friendly table service. Café Rialto is within the Swedish-owned lifestyle store Rialto Living, offering a comfortable and super-stylish place to eat and drink at any time during the day.

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BINDI, Palma

The spirit of Asian food in Santa Catalina

2019, Mar 25th

Bindi is a popular restaurant in the bohemian Palma district of Santa Catalina. It offers delicious authentic Indian cuisine, based on fresh products and traditional spices. British woman Bindu Shah and Patryk Kusiak own this restaurant, which has been pleasing fans of Indian food since 2014 and attracts an international clientele.

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Restaurant Apolonia, Alcúdia

Tasting-menu restaurant in an Alcúdia boutique hotel

2019, Mar 18th

The warren-like walled town of Alcúdia is the location of the new Restaurant Apolonia – part of the British-owned boutique hotel Can Mostatxins Frare. Park your car outside the old walls and a few minutes’ walk takes you into this historic town’s maze of appealing streets. The chic 11-room Can Mostatxins Frare is in a tranquil lane just off Alcúdia’s main square.

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Sa Fàbrica, Inca

Creative Mediterranean cuisine from a former TV ‘Top Chef’

2019, Mar 11st

Like several chefs with their own restaurants on Mallorca, Marcel Ress previously worked with the renowned British chef Marc Fosh at the Michelin-starred former Bacchus restaurant in Santa Maria and, later, at the starred Simply Fosh in Palma de Mallorca.

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Santapi, Sineu

An authentic taste of southern Italy in the centre of Sineu

2019, Mar 4th

A friendly Italian couple opened this popular Italian pizzeria/restaurant in the heart of Sineu in 2015. Chiara (front of house) is from Turin and her partner Ciro (the chef) from Naples – hence the Neapolitan influence in his cuisine.

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Lila Portals, Portals Nous

Restaurant and bar with beautiful Mediterranean views

2019, Feb 11st

Even if you didn’t know that the Spanish word for lilac was ‘lila’, you could probably guess: the décor of the waterfront restaurant Lila in Portals Nous features plenty of this colour. Lila Portals is at the end of a small road that leads to the seafront. Parking may be difficult during the summer but out of the main season you shouldn’t have any problems.

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EL PATIO DE GLÒRIA, Palma

Michelin-star experience shows at this Palma hotel restaurant

2019, Feb 4th

The 5-star Hotel Glòria de Sant Jaume in Palma’s Old Town is home to this restaurant, which has its own entrance from the street. A year after opening, El Patio de Glòria now has a new chef, à la carte menu, and maître.

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Temple, Palma

Healthy vegetarian food in a peaceful city oasis

2019, Jan 28th

Palma’s Santa Catalina district has yet another eatery to please vegetarians and flexitarians. Temple is owned and run by charming Parisians in a beautifully restored townhouse, with exposed stone walls, slim iron pillars, and stunning photographic artwork on the walls.

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CAN MARCH, Manacor

Modern Mallorcan cuisine in Manacor

2019, Jan 21st

The family-run restaurant Can March in Manacor originally opened as Fonda Can March in 1925 and ownership is still in the same family. In the year 2000, the restaurant was given a new look and concept, offering New Mallorcan cuisine – modern interpretations of traditional island recipes with international culinary touches.

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FERA RESTAURANT & BAR, Palma

Artistry in both cuisine and décor

2019, Jan 14th

Tucked away around the corner from Palma de Mallorca’s Jaime III, Fera Restaurant and Bar first opened in the autumn of 2017 and quickly gained a loyal following. The restaurant is in a tastefully restored old palacio and you enter through a small courtyard. Even before you pass through the automatic glass doors, you can see that the experience of eating here is something different.

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TOMEU CALDENTEY CUINER, Sant Llorenç

A unique but affordable gourmet experience on Mallorca’s east coast

2019, Jan 7th

Tomeu Caldentey was the first Mallorcan chef to have his cuisine recognised with a Michelin star, which was awarded for 14 successive years. Last summer, Tomeu said goodbye to the star – releasing himself from its ‘golden shackles’ – and closed the doors of Bou restaurant in Sa Coma. He reopened the premises with a new simpler concept and name: Tomeu Caldentey Cuiner. Tomeu’s flavourful food – honest, seasonal, and based on top-quality local produce – is offered in an exclusive dining experience that’s affordable and therefore more accessible.

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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.

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Restaurante mÁxime, S’Horta

All-day eatery with panoramic Med views

2018, Dic 10th

On a sunny winter day, if you’ve a yearning for sea views when you eat out, Restaurante mÁxime is the perfect spot. Find this independently run restaurant and café on the top floor of the clubhouse of Vall d’Or Golf – but you don’t have to be a club member or even play golf to eat here.

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Restaurante Quadrat, Palma

Modern Med cuisine in a former stable block

2018, Dic 3rd

The old town of Palma de Mallorca is home to Quadrat, within the 5-star Sant Francesc Hotel Singular. It’s an elegant restaurant located in this former palacio’s original stables and you’ll see hints of the space’s original use in the interior décor.

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Oleum, Puigpunyent

Romantic dining in Puigpunyent

2018, Nov 26th

The 5-star Gran Hotel Son Net is at the heart of a 17th-century country estate. This stunning hilltop mansion looks over the village of Puigpunyent and is backed by the rugged Serra de Tramuntana mountains. The hotel is a haven of rural tranquillity but is around only 15 minutes’ drive from Palma. And you don’t have to be staying in the hotel to have dinner in Oleum, its gourmet restaurant.

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Vandal, Palma

Deliciously different

2018, Nov 19th

Offering one of Palma’s most diverse and innovative menus, Vandal is the product of its two creative owners’ international careers. Executive chef Bernabé Caravotta worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in France and Denmark – Mirazur and with René Redzepi at the renowned Noma, respectively – and at the Blue Elephant Thai cooking school in Thailand, before moving to Mallorca in 2007.

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Restaurante Katarsis, Algaida

Mediterranean & signature cuisine

2018, Nov 12nd

Driving towards Algaida along the Palma to Manacor highway (Ma15), you could be forgiven for thinking that Katarsis was just another traditional roadside eatery. But you’d be wrong: the chef and owner, Raúl García, worked for Marc Fosh for several years and was Marc’s head chef at the former Fosh Lab in Palma. Raúl has also worked at Zaranda and Flanigan in Mallorca and, in the Basque country, at Zuberoa and Mugaritz.

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Restaurante Katarsis

Crta. Palma - Manacor (Ma15), km 16,8

Algaida

(+34) 971 18 42 10

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MOSS, Palma

The new restaurant of Meliá Palma Marina

2018, Nov 05th

The former Meliá Palas Atenea is now known as the Meliá Palma Marina Hotel and, in giving the hotel a brand-new look and facilities, Meliá opened the hotel’s ground-floor all-day eatery, Moss.

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Portixol Hotel & Restaurante, Palma

Scandi-cool eating by the sea

2018, Oct 29th

If you like to eat out in Palma but close to the Mediterranean Sea, the restaurant at the Hotel Portixol is well worth a visit. The Swedish-owned hotel has bags of Scandi style and a prime position in the picturesque Portixol harbour – a pleasant walk from the city centre.

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Rafa Nadal Sport Café & Restaurant, Manacor

Great-value lunch in sporty surroundings

2018, Oct. 8th

If you’re in the Manacor area around lunchtime, the Rafa Nadal Sport Café & Restaurant offers a great-value set menu, with a choice of dishes for each course. It’s in the Rafa Nadal Sports Centre and Museum Xperience building, but you don’t have to be visiting either of these to eat and drink here.

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Smack Mallorca, Palma

Vive la France in Santa Catalina

2018, July 30th

The Santa Catalina restaurant Smack Mallorca opened in April this year, as the realisation of a dream for a foodie couple – who moved from Paris to open their own restaurant here.

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