As we approach Pipper’s restaurant, there is nothing that particularly distinguishes it from the rest of the beach bars that line Puerto de Alcúdia‘s sandy coastline. However, as you move closer one thing does instantly draw attention: its fish market. Everything from oysters, clams, prawns, lobster and mussels fill the ice-bed which – where possible – is all sourced locally. After a good browsing of the variety of seafood displayed, we are seated opposite on a table directly facing the sea. Wicker chairs, wooden floors and rattan placemats all contribute to a rustic beach-hut ambience, which against Alcúdia’s sweeping bay makes for an excellent spot to relax.
For starters, two plates of oysters are placed, one fresh, the other fried in a batter of tempura. Both arrive well-presented on a bed of sea salt, which against a speckled plate of turquoise and grey, is a cool coming-together of sea colours. Next, a plate of fried octopus comes on a slice of lemon, encircled by swathes of smooth guacamole. The octopus is kept fresh and simple, which when given a light showering of lemon juice, is given a sweet kick.
Now we wait for our mains, and there really is no rush, as we happily sit back and take in the views. Our gaze turns to a trail of sandy footsteps which moves from the tranquil shoreline to a pathway covered by palm tree shade. It is a picturesque spot where families and friends of all ages relax on the sand and cool-off in the water.
Plates of sushi soon arrive and are accompanied by the classic trio of fresh ginger, soy sauce and wasabi. Their fillings – from tuna, salmon to chicken and vegetable – are precisely wrapped and neatly arranged. Even after a light bathe in soya sauce, each roll keeps its form perfectly, a telling sign that Pipper’s takes time and care in preparing its sushi.
We now anticipate the star plate which is a huge pan of sizzling turbot paella. Our waiter places it on a table next to us, and happily prepares us a generous serving each. It is well-cooked with the rice slightly al dente, which is folded into chunks of fresh fish and finely-chopped green beans.
As we finish with a homemade apple pie with cherry sauce on a warm October afternoon, we confirm that there is nowhere else we’d rather be. What makes Pipper’s worth a visit is its simplicity. It offers good, honest home-cooking in a comfortable beach setting.
Why eat here? A table that edges the sand will promise the best views of the beach.