Oriental food – Japanese, Chinese, and even the trendy Japanese/Peruvian fusion cuisine – has become highly popular on Mallorca and you’ll find it in some good restaurants on the island. The spices and culinary techniques of the East make for tasty cuisine that can be enjoyed as a snack or a full meal.
Become a sushi expert
Originally sushi was considered as a way of transporting raw fish from the seaside into the mountainous regions, as the rice helped to preserve the fish.
The two basic styles in which sushi can be prepared are Tokyo-style (salty), or Kyoto-style (sweet), with their names depending on their shape. Rolled pieces are called maki; thin rolls, hosomaki; thick rolls, futomaki; hand rolls, temaki. Sushi served on a plate is called chirashi; in a box, hakko; pressed with the rice in the middle, oshi; wrapped in sweet tofu bags, inari, boat-shaped and topped with vinegary mackerel, batera; dumplings topped with fish, nigiri; wrapped in nori, gunkan; rolled inside out, uramaki, and so on…
Shari is the rice, netta the fish or seafood topping, and gari is the pickled ginger root. Wasabi is the hot green paste (take with caution), and murasaki is the soy sauce. Sushi is eaten by hand and should be like kissing: your tongue should experience the fish not the rice, so make sure to turn your nigiri upside down next time you soak it into the soy sauce. Chopsticks are used exclusively for the wasabi and for the gari. The wet towel (oshibori) is used to clean your hands. Sushi is best accompanied by hot (kan) or cold (hya) sake, green tea (agari), or beer (biiru). Sushi chefs are called itamae (he who stands in front of the cutting board).
Of course you don’t have to know all of this to enjoy great sushi on Mallorca. Staff in the following restaurants – which offer sushi – are always happy to help explain the menu and how to eat your chosen dishes:
Mar de Nudos on Palma’s waterfront offers both Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine, with two separate menus, and a good choice of sushi.
This restaurant in the waterfront boulevard of bars and restaurants is known as the extension to the golden mile, at the end of Borne. Here’s their Valentine’s menu!
[…] Mar de Nudos Restaurant in Palma de Mallorca
Established central-Palma favourite Japonice has a sushi menu and a teppanyaki lounge (and offers a take-out service). For sushi-with-a-view, head for the 5-star Sant Francesc Hotel Singular in the old town; during summer (except Mondays and Tuesdays) they serve sushi and other Japanese snacks on the 200m2 roof terrace.
Japonice Restaurant in Palma offers authentic Japanese cuisine – sushi, sashimi, rolls and wok dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere. Very good value for money. […] Japonice Restaurant Palma
This 42-bedroom boutique hotel opened in 2015 and is now considered the best on Mallorca offering an impressive restaurant, rooftop pool, terrace and bar and is the perfect location in Palma de Mallorca. […] Hotel Sant Francesc Singular
Located in the smart superyacht marina Port Adriano in the southwest, coast by east offers Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, and their ‘sushi and sashimi variation’ is a superb treat to share.
The COAST Seafood, Grill & Bar boasts a dream location overlooking the Port Adriano marina in south-western Mallorca. Make your reservation NOW! […] coast by east Restaurant
Emilio Castrejón is Mexican but honed his Oriental culinary skills during time working in Japan. His Emilio Innobar restaurant in the narrow streets of old Palma offers fine fusion cuisine, including sushi.
Emilio Castrejón creates amazingly innovative cuisine with the highest-quality ingredients; book well ahead to eat at this popular restaurant. […] Emilio Innobar Restaurant
Daruma (named after a Japanese doll that’s a good-luck symbol) is a small Japanese restaurant located near the Mercat de l’Olivar in Palma and offering an excellent-value lunchtime set menu (with choices), and a wide choice of sushi. Daruma also has a stall at the San Juan Gastronomic Market at S’Escorxador. Obu Ceviche and Sashimi Bar is a smart and intimate place in which to enjoy Pacific flavours.
For tasty tempura and superb sushi, head for the small Japanese restaurant Daruma in Palma – where an excellent-value-for-money set lunch is on offer. […] Japanese cuisine at Palma’s Daruma restaurant
Opened in 2015, the gastro-market is a big success for Palma attracting a strong local audience as well as international residence and tourists. It is well worth a visit! […] San Juan Gastronomic Market Palma
Enjoy sushi and one of the most amazing sunsets on Mallorca at Sunset Sushi Lounge at Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Port de Sóller.
This season you can enjoy sushi at the Sunset Lounge Bar of Jumeirah Hotel Port Sóller while experiencing one of the best sunset locations on Mallorca. Book now! […] Sushi at Jumeirah’s Sunset Lounge Bar
Chef Tomeu Marti’s Restaurante Arume, in Palma’s C/ San Miguel is very popular with locals. Watch Tomeu at work as he prepares sushi at the counter.
Arume Sushi Bar in Palma Mallorca is a Japanese-Mediterranean restaurant. […] Arume Sushi Bar and Restaurant
Restaurants offering other Oriental cuisine
Bi Bap, in Palma’s Placa de Mercat, is a lunchtime hotspot, offering great value and flavourful dishes from the cuisines of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Try the sister establishment Bimil Lounge for Asian cocktails and tasty bites.
Enjoy the cuisine of several Asian countries in this fresh and contemporary small restaurant in Palma de Mallorca. […] Restaurant Bi-Bap
A chef who was born in Singapore and grew up in Australia owns Appetite Cafe & Bistro in Palma’s Santa Catalina district. Here you can sip a traditional Thai Singha beer along with tasty Pan-Asian street food.
Treat your palate and give your body a nutritious boost at Appetite, a creative restaurant dishing up exciting and healthy Pan-Asian cuisine in Santa Catalina. […] Appetite Restaurant
Located in Puro Hotel on the edge of Palma’s La Lonja district, Opio serves Asian and Mediterranean cuisine for dinner and is also known for its great music and ambience at night.
As to be expected from the people who brought us Puro Hotel, Opio Restaurant is fun, flavoursome and undeniably chic. […] Opio Restaurant
Find fresh-tasting Japanese/Peruvian cuisine – and a view over Palma’s emblematic Borne – at De Tokio a Lima, located in the Boutique Hotel Can Alomar in Palma.
Enliven your palate with a trip to De Tokio a Lima, which promises Asian fusion food in a prestigious setting within Can Alomar Luxury Boutique Hotel, above Palma’s thriving Borne avenue. […] De Tokio a Lima Restaurant Palma
Peruvian chef Irene Gutierrez is at the helm of Sumaq in Santa Catalina, offering creative Peruvian/Japanese cuisine. For Japanese/Peruvian cuisine with the added benefit of a great sea view, head for Sumailla in Port d’Andratx – where one of Mallorca’s best sushi chefs uses his skills in the kitchen.
Peruvian fusion cuisine is one of the hottest gastronomic trends on the planet – and Sumaq in Santa Catalina is a great place to experience it. […] Sumaq Restaurant in Palma de Mallorca
One of Mallorca’s renowned sushi chefs is creating Japanese Peruvian cuisine at this waterfront restaurant, opened summer 2016, in Port d’Andratx. […] Sumailla Restaurant
The best Chinese restaurant on Mallorca is, not surprisingly, in Palma. Made in China offers excellent cuisine and an attractive décor in which to have lunch or dinner.
When only the best Chinese food will do, visit Made in China. Whether for lunch, á la carte or tasting, a meal in this hospitable Palma restaurant is a real treat for Chinese enthusiasts. […] Made in China Restaurant
You’ll even find Asian fusion cuisine in the beautiful mountain village of Deià, where the cosy restaurant Nama – owned by Namali Schleberger (who is half Sri Lankan) – serves delicious Eastern cuisine, prepared by chef Bonnie (who owns Appetite in Palma and Thairrific in Portals Nous).
Namali Schleberger’s appealing restaurant in the heart of Deià serves delicious healthy food – including vegan dishes – full of Asian flavours. […] Eastern Asian flavours at Nama in Deià
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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