Long favored by tourists for its pristine beaches and a spectacular coastline, the Balearic island of Mallorca is also known on the gastronomic scene for its exciting flavors. Here we discover where to savor the best tapas that Mallorca has to offer.
Tapas Y Punto
Said to offer the most varied and delectable selection of tapas in the northern city of Port de Pollença, Tapas Y Punto is a family-friendly restaurant known for its excellent service and elegant, modern style. The tapas tend towards the experimental, ranging from classics with a twist such as Serrano ham croquettes to mini burgers (a sure-fire hit with kids) to culinary indulgences such as truffled foie gras ravioli. Located near the port, this is the perfect place to enjoy tapas with a twist.
Forn de Sant Joan
A top venue in Palma for innovative tapas, family-run Forn de Sant Joan is also one of the city’s best known and most popular restaurants. Located in a disused bakery in one of Palma’s old neighburhoods, the restaurant has maintained distinctive features such as bread ovens and original tiling. It has four differently themed floors and an open kitchen which prepares main meals and tapas with a touch of Asian fusion. An extensive wine list and convivial atmosphere completes the dining experience.
Bar Día is widely acclaimed as one of the top tapas bars in Palma. Don’t come here looking for fine dining; what you’ll get instead is a cozy, informal atmosphere and down-to-earth, no-frills traditional tapas such as the tortilla and garlic prawns. What it lacks in innovation, it more than makes up for in quality, generous portion sizes and all round value for money. Come for a quick lunch or snack and enjoy the lively atmosphere. But be prepared to queue; this is a popular bar and draws in both local and tourist crowds.
La Casa Gallega
A relative newcomer to the Palma tapas scene, La Casa Gallega is already established as a firm favorite among locals. The menu is inspired by the cuisine of Galicia, native province of the restaurant’s founder and chef. A variety of distinctive tapas can be enjoyed in its colorful, casual interior. Most notable are the seafood tapas such as the grilled Galician octopus, the grilled razor fish and the Galician style oysters. Also worth trying are the pintxos, small skewered bites of fresh bread with a variety of toppings.
Taberna de la Boveda
Located in Palma’s historic quarter near the old fish market and cathedral, Taberna de la Boveda offers well-prepared authentic tapas fare such as escargot, pa amb oli (bread and olive oil) and choricillos (mini chorizos). The interior has a real tavern atmosphere complete with big wine barrels and sturdy wooden tables while the outdoor terrace is ideal for whiling away the warm evenings over a glass of cava. It gets crowded here, so reserve in advance or be prepared to queue.
Stay Restaurant offers some of the best tapas in Port de Pollença alongside its other menu choices. Opened in 1972, the restaurant underwent full renovation in 2006 and now features a sleek, luminous interior and a sizable outdoor terrace overlooking the bay. It offers a good value daily menu including wine, dessert and coffee plus a la carte and afternoon menus, snacks and of course tapas. The tapas range from traditional fish and seafood concoctions to Asian-inspired wontons.
Restaurante la Boveda
Sister restaurant of Taberna de la Boveda, Restaurante la Boveda is located around the corner in the same historic neighborhood and offers much of the same classic, hearty tapas in addition to more substantial dishes. The interior resembles a vaulted wine cellar, complete with stone floors, Iberian hams and leather wine flasks and live guitar music in the evenings.
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