Chic, modern and edgy, Simply Fosh is a far cry from Mallorca’s tourist traps. Serving a menu of contemporary Mediterranean specials, the restaurant makes use of ingredients sourced from local markets and molds them into tantalizing culinary creations. The smoked eel tortellini accompanied by salsify, orange and caviar, and warm foie gras soup with marinated pigeon, wild mushroom confit and beetroot make Simply Fosh an unforgettable fine dining experience. Its location in the 17th-century Hotel Convent de la Missi in the heart of historic Palma only adds to its unique ambience.
As its name suggests, Celler Sa Premsa sits in an old wine cellar where the original wooden barrels still double as decoration. The venue’s low ceilings and sober furnishings, dotted with dominant, dark motifs, are quite unlike Mallorca’s standard dining establishments that tend to make the most of the island’s sun. Part of Palma’s dining scene since 1958, Celler Sa Premsa’s one of a kind atmosphere makes it a real cultural gem. The menu veers towards traditional local fare, with specials such as roast suckling pig or sobrassada (cured pork sausage) featuring as staunch favorites on the menu. The food is invariably tasty and reasonably priced, but the real attraction at Celler Sa Premsa is its unique ambiance.
With lush greenery and abundant grapevines climbing down the walls of the courtyard at the rear, Café Parisien is a picturesque little gem in Artà, a town on the eastern cape of the island that’s a short, 10 mile drive from Cala Millor. Known for its eclectic jazz evenings and artsy atmosphere, the café has been serving casual cuisine sprinkled with culture for 20 years. The fare here is simple, inspired by the owners’ childhoods, and draws on French classics for inspiration, making it a welcome escape from the Spanish cuisine that dominates the island. The restaurant’s name could not be more fitting, the pastel décor and chic nonchalance give it the cafe the air of a cozy, Parisian coffeehouse.
Restaurant Santi Taura, run by a chef of the same name, occupies an unassuming location in the heart of the island, in the town of Lloseta. Chef Santi’s food is creative while retaining strong links to traditional Mallorquín cuisine. It’s an example of fusion cuisine that celebrates simplicity and solid flavors, where the kitchen serves world class food without the hefty price tag. Tasting menus are the norm here, accompanied by a bottle selected by the restaurant’s own sommelier. Santi Taura is so popular that weekend reservations need to be made a few months in advance.
Frequently voted as one of the best dining spots on the eastern side of the island, Clivia is located in the town of Pollença, and sits at the foot of the ancient Calvari steps. Its ancient exterior, a centuries-old townhouse, contrasts with the spotless white interior décor, and wooden modernist lamps which spread out across the ceiling like tree branches in Clivia’s cozy, elegant courtyard. Expect a solid array of fish and meat options with a local touch, where fresh ingredients combine to create classy, beautifully displayed culinary concoctions, such as white tuna tartare or the ubiquitous, yet very special, paella with lobster.
A recent addition to Soller’s quiet food scene, Casa Álvaro is the brainchild of chef Álvaro, who hails from Barcelona. Tucked away in a tiny side street near Soller’s Plaça Constitució, the restaurant brings a touch of trendy inspiration to this historic city with gourmet tapas, and mouth-watering paellas. From chorizo sausages to patatas bravas and garlic prawns cooked in white wine sauce, the flavorful tapas are a constant reminder of their creator’s provenance and are hailed as the best in town. Casa Álvaro’s interior is simple, almost bare, a huge blackboard, which also serves as a menu, dominates the white walls, and high wooden tables emphasize the venue’s chic nonchalance. A must-try while visiting the quaint, rural town of Soller.