La Goleta Hotel de Mar is a boutique hotel looking over the mountains of Formentor and the Bay of Pollença in the North of Mallorca‘s seaside resort, Port de Pollença. Argos is far and away one of the best eateries in the North, located on the ground floor of the hotel.
Argo’s chef Álvaro Salazar, has had an astounding few years. Salazar was awarded a Michelin star in 2017 and this year he won Chef of the Year for Spain and the Balearics.
Floor-to-ceiling windows afford natural light and views past the front terrace tables, across the road to the bay. The décor is minimalist contemporary, but the food is the reason to visit.
In Salazar´s kitchen the gastronomy is focused on Mediterranean cuisine and top-quality ingredients. Salazar’s interest is in conscious cooking – he describes his own style as “free”. What is it and where does it come? These questions are important to him, and he keeps his cuisine local and ingredients traceable.
Open for dinner only, Argos offers a fantastic gastronomy, with three degustation menus – Argos, Travesia and Marridaje. Presentation is superb and the execution and flavour of dishes will impress gourmets, if not those who prefer quantity over quality.
Front of house is run by Mario Wolgast offering friendly and efficient service; wines are Spanish – including some Mallorcan. Stand-out dishes? Of the 10 courses, the crescendo was a take on Andalusia´s traditional mazamorra with sea urchin and foie of monkfish. A duck pepitoria – a nod to Mallorca´s Moorish history – is prepared with almonds, egg yolk and jus was assertive and, in hindsight, a significant moment.
The intention of the chef is to create a culinary journey that becomes not only part of your Mallorca experience, but lasts as a gustatory memory, and he achieves this. You could return again and again to Argos and have a new aha moment and flavourful insight at each stage of the tasting menu.
After dinner, we recommend a stroll along the pine walk, watching the moonlight on the water – the Tramuntana´s crown Formentor falling away into the sea is the perfect ending a memorable meal.