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Michelin star restaurants on Mallorca

Michelin star restaurants on Mallorca

Mallorca is home to seven chefs whose cuisine has been awarded a Michelin star and, in the case of Fernando P Arellano at Zaranda, two stars for 2016. Wherever you are on the island, you are never far away from Michelin-starred cuisine!

The French automobile tyre producer Michelin has been publishing guides for motorists since 1900. The red-covered restaurant “Guide Rouge” is updated every year. It´s considered the most influential advisor in worldwide top-level gastronomy.

The rating instruments and criteria are kept top secret. A restaurant can be rated with a maximum of three Michelin stars. There are guides on the market for different countries: France, USA, Germany, UK and Ireland, Italy, Spain & Portugal, Austria and Switzerland. Furthermore, there´s a series for capital cities like New York, Tokyo, Paris, and London.

Here’s a look at the chefs and restaurants whose Michelin-starred cuisine has helped contribute to Mallorca’s growing reputation as a gastronomic destination.

Fernando P Arellano first opened his restaurant Zaranda in Madrid in 2005, where it gained one Michelin star a year later. He moved his restaurant and entire team to Mallorca, where he is passionate about the ingredients sourced from the land and sea. He also values the artisan crafts of the island and has commissioned unique plates and bowls on which to serve his innovative and superbly executed dishes. Zaranda, located within the 5-star hotel Castell Son Claret, was one of only two restaurants in Spain to be newly awarded a second star for 2016.

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In 2012 Macarena de Castro became the first female chef on Mallorca to have her cuisine awarded a Michelin star at Restaurante Jardín in Alcúdia. The star has been awarded annually since then. Initially this chef studied Fine Arts, and her artistic eye is evident in the styling of her cuisine. She takes local recipes and makes them her own with creative twists and manipulations. During her early career, she spent winter months (when her family’s restaurant on Mallorca is closed) honing her culinary skills alongside some top chefs. In recent years she has travelled south to Uruguay, where she has a restaurant open in the winter.

Rafael Sánchez of Es Fum at the St. Regis Mardavall previously held a star at the former Plat d´Or restaurant at the Arabella Sheraton in Son Vida, before moving to Es Fum in 2013.  Although the restaurant had previously held a star under its previous chef, Thomas Kahl, Rafael’s cuisine has continued to impress the secretive inspectors, and one Michelin star has been awarded there annually ever since he took over the stoves.

“The Michelin star will always be an important prestige award,” the native-born Catalan believes. To ensure ongoing progression, he does lots of off-the-job training, in Spain and abroad. Authentic taste and flavour is his theme. To be able to offer guests the biggest variety of dishes, he doesn’t see an alternative to the tasting menu (menu de degustación). Sánchez: “Less is more. The menu should be kept short in order to avoid overloading the guest.”

Restaurant Es Fum, Costa d’en Blanes

Restaurant Es Fum, Costa d’en Blanes

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The out-and-out Mallorcan version of top gastronomy is that of Tomeu Caldentey of Bou restaurant in the five-star Protur Sa Coma Playa Hotel & Spa in Sa Coma. The Mallorcan chef runs the gourmet jewel case at the place where he lives, grew up, and graduated as a cooking master. The supposedly best Mallorcan restaurant on the island is housed in a modern setting. It was opened in 2000 and celebrated its 15th anniversary with a change of dining format and name (from Es Moli d’en Bou).

Four years after opening his restaurant Tomeu obtained his first Michelin star. “Since then we’ve defended it successfully every year,” he proudly remarks. In spite of this he’s not obsessed with the award: “The real star is the customer. He should leave with the desire to come back. Thus every dish is a challenge for me.”

Restaurant Bou, Sa Coma

Restaurant Bou, Sa Coma

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Chef Marc Fosh of Simply Fosh in Palma was the first British chef in Spain to be recognized with a Michelin star, when he was working at rural Reads Hotel on Mallorca. He left to open his own restaurant Simply Fosh, serving healthy Mediterranean cuisine, and it was only a matter of time before the Michelin inspectors would be tucking their napkins under their chins and savouring his new style of cuisine. Simply Fosh was first awarded a Michelin star in 2015 and has retained it for 2016.

Marc once read in a magazine how the average Michelin inspector behaves: “He’s about 42 years old, books normally for two people and then arrives alone. From the menu he chooses the cheapest dish.” If this reflects reality, Marc can’t confirm: “None of them introduced himself to me.”

Restaurant Simply Fosh Palma

Restaurant Simply Fosh Palma

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Gaining a Michelin star, losing it and recovering it later is the special experience of Josef Sauerschell of Es Racó des Teix in Deià. Before the 53-year-old German had opened his own restaurant, he worked as chef at the luxury hotel Belmond La Residencia in Deià. For his creations there he obtained the Michelin star in 1991.

In 1999 the Michelin committee took it away from him. Sauerschell: “It hurts and it’s a professional damage. I pondered the reasons for a long time.” It wasn’t all down to him though. The new hotel owner applied a tough savings strategy, and the chef became overstrained: “Our service deteriorated and some mistakes happened.”

In 2000 he and wife Leonor opened their restaurant in Deià, which was awarded a star in 2002 and has retained it annual since.

Restaurant Es Racó d’es Teix, Deià

Restaurant Es Racó d’es Teix, Deià

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Inca-born chef Andreu Genestra has his eponymous restaurant on the outskirts of Capdepera (with fine views of the castle from the terrace). He grows much of the produce he uses in his cuisine in the grounds of the hotel in which the restaurant is located. Like Macarena de Castro, he uses the off-season to travel and enjoy new culinary experiences, such as working as a guest chef in a luxury hotel in India. Andreu Genestra was awarded its first star for 2015 and retains it for 2016.

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We hope you have found this article about the Michelin star restaurants on Mallorca useful and that you have many memorable meals as a result of our recommendations.

Bon Profit as the locals say!!

About Jan Edwards

Jan Edwards
An ex-BBC radio presenter/journalist living on the cosmopolitan island of Mallorca, who is assistant editor for the luxury lifestyle publication abcMallorca. Her main writing interests are in travel, food and interviewing interesting people and well-known celebrities. Jan blogs about her finca lifestyle and contributes articles to some well-known publications in the UK.