Apolonia Restaurant, part of the Can Mostatxins Hotel and named after the flagship of the fleet of ships owned by The Oliver Family who lived in the house, is a simple, elegant restaurant in the newly refurbished second phase of the hotel. The restaurant has crisp, white tablecloths, delicate décor, and minimal furniture making it a blank canvas in order to allow the food to shine in its presentation and colour without distraction. Can this restaurant, located inside the walls of Alcúdia’s old town, live up to the reputation of its hotel home as the number one small hotel in Alcúdia according to its online TripAdvisor guest reviews?
Chef Cristina Lopez brings her Mediterranean gastronomic flair to the restaurant having worked in Michelin-star restaurants including with Mallorca’s own Marc Fosh. Cristina uses local, fresh produce from the markets in Alcúdia and changes her menu at least twice a week to accommodate what is available on her shopping trips.
Before we started our seven-course journey through the tasting menu, bread was served and, although bread does not normally warrant a special mention, the homemade butter infused with fresh sea-salt, black pepper and smoked paprika was so good that it got us excited to see what was next. First up was a vegetable Vermouth with tempura olives which was warm, earthy and surprisingly smooth. Our wine glasses were filled with the first of our wine pairings, a crisp rosé to wash down our fresh and flavourful salad that was placed in front of us at the same time.
Mushroom ragout with potato foam and truffle yolk was next up and proved to be as delicious as it sounded and very rich in flavour. We were lucky enough to get the first taste of the new wine from Mandia Vell, a local vineyard with a longstanding reputation of providing excellent wines. The light white wine perfectly complemented the mouth-watering caramelised salmon with Thai noodles which was crispy on the outside and delightfully soft inside and bursting with flavours of citrus and Thai spices.
Now starting to feel full but also curious about the remaining courses we waited for our next dish, an Iberian pork fillet with Mallorcan sauce which was tender, opulent in flavour and beautifully presented. Our dessert was a coffee cream with chocolate stones and Kahlua – fluffy and perfectly harmonised in its different strong tastes.
Hotel owner, Mark Worthington and his team at Apolonia have realised the perfect balance between delicious food and an unpretentious yet elegant setting. Flavour is top of the agenda and Cristina Lopez achieves this in every mouthful and dish and the friendly staff bring a jovial, professional attitude that creates a laidback and enjoyable atmosphere. As the number one small hotel in Alcúdia it is easy to predict that this hotel restaurant will also climb the ranks to be the number one restaurant in the town in no time at all – just make sure you go hungry!
Why eat here?
Dishes bursting with flavour, attentive service and a relaxing atmosphere in the beautifully restored hotel.
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