Deià’s only restaurant with Michelin-starred cuisine, prepared by German chef/patron Josef Sauerschell. With his love of local ingredients and the traditional cuisine of the island, he could be an honorary Mallorcan. Authenticity, gastronomic innovation, and respect for the produce he uses are evident in his cooking.
Restaurant Es Racó des Teix
English, Spanish & German
Sauerschell’s Deià-born wife Leonor is the charming maître d’ here, and leads a professional service team (for example, staff wear white gloves to bring fresh cutlery).
The substantial wine list – more of a book really – has references from around the world, as well as great Mallorcan labels. One tasting menu offers matched wines.
Racó is the Mallorcan word for corner or nook – fitting for this restaurant’s privileged position. The romantic interior has comfortable wicker chairs, colourful local art, and a cosy mezzanine floor. In summer, soak up spectacular views of the village and the Teix mountain from the large terrace, as you indulge in Mallorcan/Mediterranean cuisine and wine (Mallorcan, national, and international) from a thumping long list.
As well as the à la carte menu, there’s a three-course set lunch and, at night, an excellent tasting menu. Amuse bouches are miniature works of art; good bread comes with butter and a choice of five ‘Oli de Mallorca’-designated olive oils.
À la carte dish examples from 2016 included lobster cocktail with melon and basil, beans with Jabugo ham, almonds and suckling pig, and Tramuntana lamb with capers and couscous. Every dish is elegantly presented on the plate.
Desserts are irresistible. Professional service includes the wearing of white gloves to bring fresh cutlery. Top notch for a special occasion.
Although this restaurant is not easy to get to, it is well worth the effort.