Much depends on dinner, it is true, but what about the meal’s much younger, overlooked sister, breakfast?
Hotels on the island are wising up to the fact that breakfast is a meal begging for a makeover, and 5-star Hospes Maricel in Cas Catalá is trailblazing with their ‘Desayuno Maricel’.
The Catalan ‘Chef de cuisine’ Didac has given the hotel’s breakfast the attention it needed, and with his pastry chef Mariló Escobar (the brains behind the beauty) they have launched an intricately prepared breakfast. ‘Desayuno Maricel’ begins as breakfast and transitions into brunch. It takes two hours (at least) so give your first meal of the day the time it deserves; you will not be disappointed.
The setting could not be more beautiful, with the sparkling sea laid out before you, and a chance to just watch it, what more could you wish for? The dining furnishings may lack character but the cuisine is full of personality.
A seasonal menu is designed to refresh the palate and starts with three small juices: detoxifying and delicious. A quenelle of basil ice cream is presented at the table, where it is immersed by our server in a red peach gazpacho. Summer in a bowl.
Next, a cylinder of creamy Idiazábal cheese, coated with smoked salt, pumpkin sorbet, and caramelised pumpkin seeds; citric notes countered the cheese’s richness. Next: sardine fillets scattered with chopped toasted hazelnuts atop smoked paprika coca with a royale of roasted peppers and sherry vinaigrette.
An indulgent dish followed: carpaccio of foie, layered with thin slices of crunchy nutty bread, violet jam, passionfruit pulp, and a powdered ice cream (yes, it’s a thing) made from Italian Scamorza cheese. This was followed by a refreshing Sóller orange and champagne sorbet on chocolate sand with tiny shreds of dried rose petals. After a show-stopping dessert described on the menu as ‘dark chocolate’, we ended with superb petits fours – more of Mariló’s precise culinary art.
Although breakfast has long been overlooked, it is coming into its own here on the island, and perhaps, soon it will catch up with the ever-popular date, lunch.