What could be more relaxing than shedding your shoes and wriggling your toes deep into soft cool sand, while you eat lunch? A ‘chiringuito’ (the Spanish name for a beach bar) is the perfect place to do this, and there is one on Playa de Muro that is rather special.
The popular Playa de Muro beach faces the Caribbean turquoise-blue sea, and a large stretch of it is backed by a boardwalk featuring several places to eat and drink during a beach day. But for a lunch to remember, head to Ponderosa Beach – with its fluttering pennants, white tables and hip, surf-shack vibes. Lose the shoes, sink your feet into the sand, and study the tempting menu.
Ponderosa Beach has adopted the ‘0-km cuisine’ slow-food concept, which aims to use only high-quality ingredients – mostly organic – bought directly from their nearest producers on the island. It is farm or sea-to-table cooking with innovative flavours. The menu includes creative Mediterranean and fusion cuisine, with dishes suitable for vegetarians and diners avoiding gluten. But you can also come for just a coffee or drink.
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Signature dishes include, razor shells and seaweed, Majorcan shrimp carpaccio, slow cooked Majorcan lamb, yellow curry octopus, and of course a extensive list of rice dishes including a black rice with seafood and an Aristocrat and Baroque rice with lobster. For dessert, temptations such as strawberries and pink pepper, pear crumble, and the intriguing, chocolate, beer and coffee cake. Of course the menu has a host of local wines, beers and creative cocktails.
The service is friendly and informal, as wells as efficient, and there’s no pressure to rush your lunch – even though others may be waiting for a table. Furthermore, the kitchen is open all day non-stop from 12:00hrs to 22:00hrs, so you can enjoy it for lunch, cocktail hour, or dinner.
The laid back vibes are enhanced by great background music and, on weekends, they bring in internationally known guest DJ’s who create an amazing atmosphere until the early hours of the morning. Ponderosa Beach presents special events all summer long including ‘Ponderosa Nights,’ which feature live music that could be anything from classic Flamenco to world music to disco fever.
Reservations are recommended during the summertime!