When we visited Purobeach Illetas for lunch on a Monday at the end of May the new beach club had been open for only a few weeks. Word spreads though and the large terrace restaurant was already busy; the power of the Puro name.
From street level, steps take you down the cliff to reach the beach club and its restaurant but, if you prefer, a lift can take you most of the way.
The area for eating is huge and, in true Puro fashion, everything is über-cool and white. The tables are well spaced, there’s comfortable seating and serious amounts of shade for escaping the sun for a while.
Mediterranean views and the menu vie for attention at Purobeach Illetas and the four of us took some time to choose our dishes, as we were taking in the style and surroundings of Puro’s second beach club on Mallorca.
The menu here is the same as at Purobeach Palma, with a good choice of starters and salads, meat, fish, and vegetarian main courses and grills. There are also ‘Organic Side’ and ‘Puro Classics’ sections.
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We began by sharing three delicious dishes: salmon and avocado tiradito, prawns piri piri, and – from the organic section – courgettes carpaccio with feta cheese (beautifully presented with walnuts, honey, tapenade, rocket, cherry tomatoes, and a Jerez vinaigrette).
Four different main-course dishes were chosen: I had grilled corvina fish – decently cooked – with chopped tomatoes and tomato vinaigrette, sautéed green asparagus, and baby potatoes that may have benefited from one more minute of cooking. Our male companions opted for beef: a grilled beef sirloin topped with Café de Paris butter and served with salad and Pont-Neuf potatoes (fat French fries), and Asian beef salad – slices of marinated ribeye on a bed of vegetables, sprouts, and nuts, served in a bowl. The other dish was chicken Thai red curry with rice (also offered with prawns or vegetables).
From the desserts, we shared the Puro brownie – which won’t disappoint. Portions at Purobeach Illetas are quite generous, so sweet-toothed customers may want to save some space for a pud.
The drinks section of the menu includes white, red, and rose wines (including Puro’s own label and some Mallorcan wines), cavas and champagnes. We tried a cocktail: the intriguingly named ‘Heartbreaker’ – a reinvention of Aperol Spritz.
At the top of the drinks page in the menu is a quote from the famous 20th-century American wild hiker and traveller Christopher McCandless: “Happiness is only real when shared.” We certainly shared some happiness at Purobeach Illetas…