The island’s entrepreneurial vibe is alive and kicking, with a spate of fresh foodie movements springing up north, south, east and west. From a new wave of foragers searching the fields and mountains to microbreweries concocting craft ales, there’s a speciality to interest every gourmet.
Gone are the days when spice was a rarity and no plate was complete without flesh and bone. Zero-kilometre food sourcing, sophisticated veganism and international food trucks are all worldwide trends that have arrived on Mallorca, coinciding with a new initiative aimed at promoting the island as a year-round gourmet destination, La Fundación Turismo Palma de Mallorca 365.
Expand your culinary horizons by following up some of the tips. The flurry of new gourmet offerings capitalize on Mallorca’s privileged position, fusing the blessing of abundant produce with vibrant multicultural influence.
Food Truck Fever
The US-born food truck phenomenon continues to grow in countries across the globe, and Mallorca is no exception. Embracing the trend are a number of stylish eateries on wheels such as Variat for tapas, Mediterranean eco van El Xiribio, Manduka, who specialize in Angus hamburgers, and La Petit Caravan, for ‘green’ food.
Spot one on our roads and there’s no mistaking their witty signage, polished exteriors and tempting food descriptions.
The novel sight of colourful food trucks lined up opposite the yachts met visitors to Port Adriano in September, for the second Street Food Festival. A far cry from your basic budget hamburger stall, the glossy vans gave the millionaire yachts a run for their money in the style stakes.
The tempting aroma of succulent brochetas wafted from a shiny red London bus at Porto Adriano, while the Notenom Fusion food truck dished up plates of inventive fusion cuisine worthy of the best restaurant, at bargain prices. If you can’t wait until Street Food 2016, head to the Santa Catalina area of Palma, which regularly sees the trucks roll into town, and whose VanBig event originally brought the scene together.
Full of character, delightful shops and amazing eats, the Santa Catalina area of Palma deserves a special look. Here, we tell you all you need to know! […] Discover Santa Catalina!
A decade ago who would have considered Mallorca a ‘Leading Vegan Vacation Destination’? But after her 2015 visit, this was the opinion of Jasmijn de Boo, CEO of The Vegan Society. Credit for raising veganism’s profile on the island should go to Stephanie Prather and Manuel Lynch – founders of Mallorca Vegan. And Juanjo Ramírez, owner of Bon Lloc, was publicly championing vegetarianism back in the late ‘70s.
Those choosing a plant-based diet can now eat out well on the island. Our team’s favourites include Sa Pastanaga and La Golondrina in Palma, Bellaverde (Puerto Pollensa), Café Scholl (Sóller), Port Amor (Port d’Andratx), and Villa Vegana (vegan hotel in Esporles, also offering cookery classes).
A popular vegetarian restaurant in Palma which has been going for years. Now open for both lunch and dinner. Well worth trying. […] Bon Lloc vegetarian Restaurant
Considered one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Palma, Sa Pastanaga is a great insider’s tip for lunch in the capital. Four course delicious lunch at an amazing price! […] Sa Pastanaga Vegetarian Restaurant
Learn to create impressive vegan gastronomy at the high-tech Sabor Vegan Culinary Academy Mallorca, located above Palma’s Mercat de l’Olivar. Owned and operated by Mallorca Vegan, the Academy offers keen cooks and professional chefs a variety of vegan culinary training programmes, including molecular gastronomy, advanced pastries, and summer workshops.
Spend a whole morning wandering around Mercat de l’Olivar, browsing, buying, and soaking up the atmosphere over a snack or drink. […] A Morning at the Market
Green, the new black
If the word ‘vegan’ makes you think of bland lentils and beige cardigans, think again. With its chic premises and scrummy food, LoVegano in Santa Catalina is a vegan store for the modern herbivore. A new concept for pulling together the créme of consumables, Exquisito Gourmet Coffee & Shop in Alcúdia is also at the top of their game.
The new vegan shop in Palma de Mallorca to buy your organic fresh fruit and vegetables is Lo Vegano. Check it out now! […] Lo Vegano serving Mallorca’s vegans
A dedicated truffle hunter from Inca, Jaime Roselló supplies his finds to a select number of chefs on the island who are keen to inject the unmistakeable intensity of truffles to their signature dishes.
Equipped with unrivalled knowledge and his specially-trained dogs, the pioneering Roselló calls his delicacies ‘the black gold of Spain’. Sample them at Michelin-Star chef Andreu Genestra’s classic eaterie at The Predi Son Jaumell Country Hotel.
In this restaurant you will be able to enjoy dishes made with Ingredients Freshly Picked from Andreu Genestra’s own garden.
[…] Andreu Genestra Restaurant
Inspired by the habits of our ancestors, Restaurant Ca Na Toneta in Caimari has a 0km-produce-sourcing policy. This means getting its ingredients from as close to its doorstep as possible, for a carbon footprint that is truly tiny.
This quaint small restaurant is found in the charming village of Caimari, at the foot of the Sierra Tramuntana mountains. […] Rustic chic and organic produce at Ca Na Toneta
While the search for wild delicacies in Mallorca is nothing new, having existed as deeply-rooted tradition for centuries, foraging is attracting a fresh crowd. Born of this reinvigorated interest is the special Mercat Gastronòmic del Bolet at Sant Llorenç de Cardassar, a weekend celebrating mushroom picking, and featuring ingenious cooking demonstrations.
For the love of beer
The brainchild of two friends, German journalist Thomas Zapp and Spanish-Italian Michelangelo Mazzoccola, Cerveza Nau is a small microbrewery in Santa Maria. Fresh Mallorcan spring water is a key ingredient for crafting their prized beers Dama Blanca, Rubia Bohemia, and Perla Negra, which meet the standards of the Germany Beer Purity Law.
So much better than Amstel, in our opinion, artisan ale has landed on Mallorca. With some 4.5 million German visitors coming to the island each year, it was only a matter of time before truly worthy artisan ales arrived to cater to their tastes. Not only beloved of Germans and Oktoberfest, however, craft beer is rapidly gaining popularity amongst all nationalities, who are choosing to enjoy it throughout the seasons.
Fresh fish on your doorstep
Want to make the most of all the fresh fish available in Mallorca, but lacking inspiration for how to cook it? Convenient new service La Pescateca delivers the best catches from the market straight to your kitchen via their easy online ordering system.
To help you truly get the best from your order, they’ll even give you recipe suggestions. Truly live the Mediterranean lifestyle, without the hassle of shopping for it.
The raw deal
What could be better than handmade melt-in-the-mouth chocolate that is also good for your body and health? Bringing sustainably-sourced cacao from Bali to to Santa Catalina is talented chocolate maker Tino Wolter, of bconnected Holistic Food. The result is the most decadent raw chocolate, free of refined sugar and unnatural additives.
Street food storm
An exciting new draw for 2015 is Naan, cooking up a street-food storm in Santa Catalina. Most plates come in full and half-size portions, bursting with flavour, reasonably priced, and served by charming staff in a casual atmosphere.
If you love the freshness and flavour of international street food dishes, seek out this friendly restaurant in Palma’s trendy Santa Catalina district. […] Street-food feasting at Santa Catalina’s Naan
Just a few minutes’ walk away is Ziva To Go, presenting dreamy organic creations for the ultimate natural health and energy boost. This raw vegan café runs a number of interesting workshops.
Organic and local ingredients – and a lot of love – go into the healthy vegan raw food and drinks at the new tucked-away Ziva to Go in Palma. […] Vegan raw food at Ziva to Go in Palma
No longer conjuring images of cheap glasses coiffed on hotel resort balconies, rosé has finally won its place in the top-class wine category. Master sommelier Patrick Paulen, of Bodega Tianna Negre in Binissalem, reports stand-out performance of its Vélorosé wine, an attractive salmon-hued variety.
‘No-wineries were taking rosé really seriously until recently’, says Patrick. ‘There’s been a real change, and now people are constantly looking for light, quality varieties.’
Celler Tianna Negre in Binissalem is a new winery from the famous Morey-Garau family who also own the winery Túnel – on the island they now make fine wine with sommelier Patrick Paulen. […] Celler Tianna Negre
Easy eco – from farm to kitchen
A win-win for both busy islanders and local suppliers,Veritas has launched its island-wide home delivery service. Following the opening of its new store in Palma, the organic supermarket chain continues to involve itself with farmers and producers across the island.
The organic market revolution lands in Mallorca with Veritas’ new store – the first ever on the island. Check out the exclusive photographs of its opening! […] Veritas opens its first store in Palma de Mallorca
The age-old vermouth hour
Summer 2015 saw the opening of La Rosa Vermutería, a wonderful vermouth bar and restaurant close to Teatro Principal. Mixing modernity with a hit of old-world charm, La Rosa more than succeeds in bringing vermouth hour back into fashion. The perfect place to gather with friends for an afternoon apéritif.
When in spain
Bar hopping – stopping for a glass and a small tapa before moving on – is mandatory in Mallorca. Happily, the island is stuffed with wineries and tapas bars, but they can seem like a maze to navigate. Mallorca Wine Tours is busy proving they excel at holding small, bespoke tours in Palma city and beyond.
For wine lovers you can explore Mallorca’s best vineyards around the area of Binissalem DO region encompassing the island’s central towns of Santa Maria del Camí, Consell, Binissalem, Sencelles and Santa Eugenia. […] Follow the Wine route
Clever and colourful, Villa Wesco’s homeware products are set to add a splash of flair to kitchens island wide. The German manufacturer is opening its first outlet centre in Mallorca in 2016. Calle Bernat de Santa de Eugènia in Santa María del Camí is the location of the landmark shop, housed in a former historic mansion. A big hit with savvy German consumers, Wesco has won many devotees with its intelligent and practical kitchen solutions.
Great fun for foodies on Mallorca, Villa Wesco in Santa Maria del Camí is an experience centre fusing shopping with cooking classes and events from TV’s Top Chef. […] Villa Wesco Mallorca
Love to cook
The Galley Club Cookery School in Palma promises to make a skilled chef out of the most ham-handed cook with its lively and interesting gourmet classes. Spanish chef Katy Rosales sends workshop participants home with six to eight fresh recipes to treat family and friends to.
If you would like to improve your cooking skills then The Galley Club in Palma de Mallorca is a great place to learn. Regular cookery classes and indivdual workshops available. […] The Galley Club
Tonic for tired souls
A big draw for tired city types is Cal Reiet Holistic Retreat, in Santanyí. Stays at this restorative retreat, where guests can choose from a menu of powerful therapies, are gaining rave reviews, stripping away years of stress.
Get away from it all and enhance your health and well-being at the Cal Reiet Holistic Retreat Hotel set in the beautiful rural surroundings of Santanyi in the southeast Mallorca. Reserve now! […] Cal Reiet Holistic Retreat Hotel in Santanyi
More about the Best Restaurants in Mallorca
The guide to abcMallorca’s recommended restaurants for 2016 in each area of the island. Sea front, city, or countryside… Bon profit! […] Best Restaurants on Mallorca 2016
The 101 Best Restaurants of Mallorca 2016
You can now read the new abcMallorca 101 best restaurants guide for 2016 online.
Whatever your budget, taste, style or location, we have a superb option for you in our thoroughly-researched list of the best restaurants on Mallorca in 2016. Read Now! […] 101 Top Restaurant Guide 2016
See the full listing of the Best Restaurants on Mallorca.
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