Given the melting pot of cultures and cuisines that make up Mallorca, it’s hardly surprising that it’s home to a world-class dining scene – and one that is being added to all the time. Here are a selection of the hottest – and tastiest – openings across the island over the last year.
Part of the swanky, new five-star Hotel Llaut Palace, this Japanese restaurant is located in the part of the island not known for upmarket dining – El Arenal. While mostly leaning towards Japanese cuisine, the dishes are broadly Asian-fusion, with a choice of set or à la carte menus. The restaurant is divided into three different zones: a lounge bar, late dinner bar, and the main dining area that showcases three teppanyaki grills – naturally with some theatrical cooking from the resident chefs. A rooftop terrace also provides some superb panoramic views over Palma Bay.
Located in the relatively remote and lightly trafficked town of Llubí, Brut is certainly one of the more out-of-the-way options, but it’s certainly worth the trip. Awash with exposed brick and industrial lines, the setting leans towards brutalist-chic, while contrasting with the beautifully presented dishes their delicate fusion of flavours. There’s also a micro-brewery on-site, so you can pair your meal with the perfect craft beer.
While Colombian cooking is yet to make a splash on the culinary scene, if the food at Millo Cocina Mestiza is anything to go by, it could well be the next big thing. With a distinctly Caribbean influence, dishes combine the likes of pork rib with tropical fruits, and goatling in beer sauce for one of the more unique dining experiences you’re likely to have on the island. An open kitchen also allows guest to watch Cartagena-born chef and own Michel Guzmán perform his magic.
The chef behind two other of Mallorca’s landsmark restaurants – The Kitchen and Quadrat – Simon Petutschning has brought his ample skills to this high-end dining experience. Fera restaurant is housed in a stylishly restored old mansion in Palma’s city centre, with a gallery-curated contemporary art collection adding to the cultured, arty vibe. There’s a choice of set meals or à la carte menus, all following a theme of Mediterranean-Asian flavours. An impressive list of over 60 wines completes an impressive opening.
Despite opening only last year (May 2017), La Nueva Burguesa has just topped the list of best restaurants in Palma on TripAdvisor. The formula is simple, using super fresh locally sourced ingredients and homemade sauces to create a delicious menu of burgers – each named after the owner’s friends and family, and there are even two vegan options. Located in Palma’s trendy Santa Catalina neighbourhood, the vibe is relaxed, friendly, and unpretentious, and to top it all they have a great range of gins. Ultimately, it’s a strong contender for the best burger on the island (Badal Burger take note!).
Led by Tomeu Caldentey – the first Majorcan Chef to be awarded a Michelin star – this 2017 opening is already wowing the critics with its innovative, high-end interpretations of Balearic island cuisine. Dishes are beautifully presented, and with a dash of theatre, though it’s the traditional flavours behind it all that really make this experience one of a kind. Both set and à la carte menus are on the expensive side, but the quality more than matches the price tag. Find it in the luxe surroundings of the five-star boutique Hotel Sant Jaume, in Palma’s Old Town.
Getting its name from the old textile factory it occupies, Sa Fàbrica offers unpretentious menus inspired by traditional cooking, with high-quality, 100% local produce. Though originally from Bavaria, the chef behind the restaurant, Marcel Ress, earned a Michelin star (at the renowned Simply Fosh) as well as winning Spanish TV’s show Top Chef in 2015. Regularly changing, and outstandingly good set menus of three or five courses are on offer – and at surprisingly affordable prices for this level of gastronomy.