It’s no secret that some of the world’s finest restaurants can be found in high-end hotels, and the Mediterranean island of Mallorca is no exception. Whether you are staying for a few nights or just there for the food, we’ve made a selection of the best hotel restaurants on this gastronomically rich Balearic isle.
Tomeu Restaurant amb Arrels
Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
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, 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.
The first and only British chef to be awarded a Michelin star in Spain, Marc Fosh opened his eponymous restaurant in 2009 (originally called Simply Fosh) to rave reviews. Set in the swish contemporary Hotel Convent de la Missió – a renovated 17th-century convent tucked away in Palma’s old town – the impressive setting matches the outstanding cooking. Food is Mediterranean-inspired with plenty of local ingredients – like Mallorquin suckling pig and Sóller prawns – and comes in the form of set menus for lunch, and tasting menus (with optional wine pairings) for dinner.
Housed in the swanky new five-star Hotel Llaut Palace in Mallorca’s Playa de Palma neighbourhood, Katagi Blau has instantly become one of the hottest restaurants in the area. The menu is expertly prepared Asian-Mallorca fusion that offers an impressive range of innovative Japanese-style cooking, including three teppankaki stations. With a rooftop terrace affording spectacular panoramic views along the bay, the setting is also almost as impressive as the cuisine.
The only restaurant on the island to have two Michelin stars, Zaranda is set in the stunning surroundings of the five-star Castell Son Claret Hotel. The restaurant’s first home was Madrid where it achieved its first star, but after moving to Mallorca a second star was awarded in 2016 – a full ten years later. Chef Fernando Pérez Arellano’s astoundingly creative menu includes his signature dish of a ‘black egg’ – a poached egg blackened with cuttlefish and served on a bed of onion puree and crispy rice with calamari caviar. Unsurprisingly, none of the three tasting menus comes cheap (particularly when paired with wine), but for a meal to remember in a beautiful setting, it’s certainly worth the splurge.
Despite only opening this year, Tahini Japanese has hit the ground running. It’s housed in the gorgeous surrounds of newly opened Hotel Mama and offers a pared-back menu of traditional Japanese cuisine, including temaki, sashimi, and gyoza. The soft shell crab roll is a stand-out dish, but some of the prices are admittedly eye-watering so it’s not the place to pop in for a casual bite. But if you fancy splashing out on a treat this is the finest sushi joint in Palma’s historic centre.
Chef Andreu Genestra is Mallorquin by birth and his eponymous restaurant serves cuina de la terra (cuisine of the land). Set in at the Hotel Predí Son Jaumell, much of the food prepared using produce grown in the hotel’s own gardens. Michelin-starred since 2015, the restaurant offers two tasting menus of five or eight courses, or a full ten-course degustation menu with wine pairing. Defined by the seasons and locally sourced produce, the food highlights the best of traditional island cuisine, but with innovative modern flavour combinations and exquisite presentation.
Housed in the five-star St Regis Mardavall Hotel, Es Fum was first awarded a Michelin Star in 2011, and chef José Miguel Navarro has continued his culinary wizardry to cling on to it ever since. There are no à la carte options, only an impressive tasting menu or a six-course seasonal menu, with innovative combinations of textures and flavours, created using locally sourced produce. The Bloody Mary Oyster on the tasting menu is particularly outstanding, and the wine list is fantastic. Serving only dinner, the restaurant’s terrace overlooking the hotel’s lush gardens and out to sea, is the perfect spot for a romantic sunset date.