The 5-star adults-only Gran Meliá del Mar (formerly Meliá del Mar) in Illetas is home to Arrels restaurant, which offers gourmet Mallorcan cuisine, made from the finest market and garden produce. Arrels is the local word for ‘roots’ – appropriate here, where the cuisine is based on traditional Mallorcan recipes, with a modern touch. The culinary concept has been shaped by well-known island chef/restaurateur Marga Coll.
Arrels by Marga Coll
English, Spanish, German
Open for dinner only, Tuesdays to Saturdays, Arrels offers tasting menus only: five courses and seven courses. Executive chef Marcos Carrero leads the kitchen; front of house is under the direction of restaurant manager Sergio Navascuez.
The restaurant’s interior is elegant and contemporary, and the terrace offers gorgeous bay views for alfresco diners. Those looking for a divine romantic experience can arrange to dine on the hotel’s private beach.
Valet parking is available for diners not staying in the hotel.
Our 2015 Restaurant Review of Arrels by Marga Coll
The concept has changed from last year, with tasting menus only now being offered. For this review in 2015 we tried dishes from the à la carte menu at the time.
The choice of bread includes salt-free Mallorcan ‘xeixa’ wheat rolls (recommended), served with Treuer olive oil. Our appetites were honed by an appetizer of mini ‘pa amb oli’, stuffed with tomato and topped with Menorcan cheese. A promising introduction.
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We started with a Mallorcan ‘frito’: fried seasonal vegetables with ‘camaiot’ (Mallorcan cured sausage), topped with potato foam and a poached egg, served in an attractive ceramic bowl.
Next was the fish of the day: perfectly cooked succulent hake with a marinade of vegetables and potato confit – our favourite dish of the night.
The tender roasted organic shoulder of lamb with spinach and Porreres apricots with thyme-flavoured red potato purée was also good. Hot food is served on heated plates (a bonus).
Our dinner ended with the chef’s take on typical Mallorcan ‘ensaïmada’ – served in small fried pieces, with almond ice cream and chocolate sauce. A lighter dessert would have been better after the dishes we’d had . . .
Wines are Spanish and Mallorcan; we enjoyed Ca’n Verdura’s Supernova Blanc and the red Galmés i Ferrer Es Pujol de Maria.
It also ticks boxes for live background music and lovely sea-view terrace. Prices reflect the quality and location, but note that a service charge of 5% is added to the bill.
Tuesday 19:30 - 22:30 h
Wednesday 19:30 - 22:30 h
Thursday 19:30 - 22:30 h
Friday 19:30 - 22:30 h
Note: Open all year.
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