With an impressive collection of Michelin stars and the presence of a number of celebrated chefs, Mallorca has gained a glowing reputation for its exemplary fine dining scene. We take a look at the five best restaurants in Mallorca to seek out on a trip to the Balearic island.
Tucked inside the lavish five-star hotel Castell Son Claret, Zaranda comprises an atmospheric dining room with an open kitchen and an adjoining outdoor terrace. With chef Fernando Perez Arellano behind the food here, Zaranda has been awarded two Michelin stars, making it the only restaurant with this status on the island. Drawing on his experience of working in the kitchens of revered restaurants around the world and by sourcing the best local produce, the chef creates beautifully presented dishes such as confit pigeon with black olive and pig, accompanied by roasted pigeon breast and prune reduction with sage fritters; diners can choose between the ‘memories’, ‘experiences’ and ‘dreams’ tasting menus. The wine list includes an extensive selection of cava, champagne and Spanish wines, with some labels coming from the island.
Taking its name from the chef behind it, the Michelin star restaurant Mark Fosh is celebrated for its Mediterranean fine dining plates, which are served in a contemporary dining room within the 17th-century surroundings of Palma de Mallorca’s Hotel Convent de la Missio. Seasonal degustation menus comprise a series of inventive plates that represent the time of year through their premium ingredients. Try dishes such as marinated tuna with rosehip, textures of watermelon, samphire and green tomatoes, or smoke rice with eel, mango and lovage chlorophyll. Each dish plays with textures and presentation.
Buenos Aires-born chef Adrian Quetlas set his restaurant up in Palma owing to his Mallorcan family roots. Showing his passion for the island and its cuisine, Quetlas fuses traditional Mallorcan recipes and the best fresh ingredients with contemporary cooking techniques and creative presentation, drawing on his experience of training to be a chef in Mallorca, London, Paris and Moscow. This accomplished cuisine has earned the restaurant a Michelin star. Diners can go for the five-course lunch menu or seven-course dinner menu—each with suggested wine pairings—encompassing dishes such as veal cheeks with corn and mushroom, pumpkin pesto and bitter orange oil, or turbot with slightly smoked ratte potato and roasted tomatoes consommé.
Showcasing the cuisine of chef Miguel Navarro, this restaurant at the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca lays claim to a Michelin star. The refined plates served here pay tribute to the quality of their ingredients as the chefs endeavor to source the season’s best local produce. In the elegant dining room or out on the romantic terrace with a view over the hotel’s lush gardens and the Mediterranean Sea, diners can tuck into dishes like foie gras ravioli with duck consommé and spring vegetables, beef tenderloin with eggplant caviar, candied tomatoes and tarragon agliata, and mussel mosaic on seaweed salad and fennel sorbet.
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This Michelin star restaurant in Deia is run by chef Josef Sauerschell and his wife Leonor ‘Nori’ Payeras. Sauerschnell came to the island after working in the kitchens of luxury hotels around Europe, and now his restaurant here is a celebrated fixture on Mallorca’s culinary map. Out on the terrace with a view of the mountains or in the restaurant’s elegant dining room try a la carte dishes like Iberian loin of pork and foie gras in port wine sauce with pear, and pigeon breast with pig trotters and sweet peas cream, or opt for the indulgent degustation menu. The wine list then places much of the focus on Mallorcan and mainland Spanish wines.