This place is like none of the other ‘chiringuitos’ – beach bars – along Muro beach. People travel to the north of Mallorca just for the Ponderosa Beach experience, so booking a table well in advance is essential in high season.
If you drive to Ponderosa Beach, follow the sign off a roundabout for Ses Casetes des Capellans. Pass through this cluster of small holiday and weekend homes and leave your car in the parking area – which can be very busy over high-season weekends. You’re almost there. At the end of Ponderosa’s boardwalk, Alcúdia bay and glittering Mediterranean views greet you.
The simple but cool décor of Ponderosa Beach includes colourful old slatted shutters and white tables and chairs. Kick off those shoes and sink your toes into the sand beneath you. The menu offers a variety of accomplished dishes, including vegetarian, fusion, market-fresh fish and seafood – as well as daily suggestions.
Love paella? The rice creations include new recipes inspired by Mallorca, like the rabbit stew ’Reventat’ with onion and pumpkin, a creamy rice with octopus and Ramallet tomato, as well as with presa ibérica (special spanish pork cut), cod and sobrassada from black pork.
Ponderosa Beach sticks to an eco-friendly concept. This means that they buy the majority of their products direct from local producers, using high-quality ingredients (organic where possible). The delicious and well-presented Mediterranean food has some tasty Asian touches. The à la carte menu offers starters, the highly recommended paellas, salads, pastas, fish, meat, and the superb homemade desserts.
All of this is only part of the Ponderosa experience. What makes Ponderosa Beach even more special is the people who work here. The servers may look cool and laidback, but they’re super-efficient as well as friendly. Their smiles are everywhere … but they are, after all, working in one of Mallorca’s best beach eateries.