Oriental food – Japanese, Chinese, and even the trendy Japanese/Peruvian fusion cuisine – has become highly popular on Mallorca and you’ll find it in some good restaurants on the island. The spices and culinary techniques of the East make for tasty cuisine that can be enjoyed as a snack or a full meal.
Become a sushi expert
Originally sushi was considered as a way of transporting raw fish from the seaside into the mountainous regions, as the rice helped to preserve the fish.
The two basic styles in which sushi can be prepared are Tokyo-style (salty), or Kyoto-style (sweet), with their names depending on their shape. Rolled pieces are called maki; thin rolls, hosomaki; thick rolls, futomaki; hand rolls, temaki. Sushi served on a plate is called chirashi; in a box, hakko; pressed with the rice in the middle, oshi; wrapped in sweet tofu bags, inari, boat-shaped and topped with vinegary mackerel, batera; dumplings topped with fish, nigiri; wrapped in nori, gunkan; rolled inside out, uramaki, and so on…
Shari is the rice, netta the fish or seafood topping, and gari is the pickled ginger root. Wasabi is the hot green paste (take with caution), and murasaki is the soy sauce. Sushi is eaten by hand and should be like kissing: your tongue should experience the fish not the rice, so make sure to turn your nigiri upside down next time you soak it into the soy sauce. Chopsticks are used exclusively for the wasabi and for the gari. The wet towel (oshibori) is used to clean your hands. Sushi is best accompanied by hot (kan) or cold (hya) sake, green tea (agari), or beer (biiru). Sushi chefs are called itamae (he who stands in front of the cutting board).
Of course you don’t have to know all of this to enjoy great sushi on Mallorca. Staff in the following restaurants – which offer sushi – are always happy to help explain the menu and how to eat your chosen dishes:
Mar de Nudos on Palma’s waterfront offers both Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine, with two separate menus, and a good choice of sushi.
Located in the smart superyacht marina Port Adriano in the southwest, coast by east offers Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, and their ‘sushi and sashimi variation’ is a superb treat to share.
The COAST Seafood, Grill & Bar boasts a dream location overlooking the Port Adriano marina in south-western Mallorca. Make your reservation NOW! […] coast by east Restaurant
Also featuring a swanky marina setting, this time in upscale Port Portals, is Lucy Wang. This popular waterfront restaurant offers a creative menu that covers sushi and sashimi favourites, together with some more innovative Japanese dishes.
At Lucy Wang diners can enjoy contemporary Japanese cuisine with the finest sashimi and creative sushi rolls that are a must for lovers of Japanese food. […] Creative Japanese cuisine in Lucy Wang
Emilio Castrejón is Mexican but honed his Oriental culinary skills during time working in Japan. His Emilio Innobar restaurant in the narrow streets of old Palma offers fine fusion cuisine, including sushi.
Daruma (named after a Japanese doll that’s a good-luck symbol) is a small Japanese restaurant located near the Mercat de l’Olivar in Palma and offering an excellent-value lunchtime set menu (with choices), and a wide choice of sushi. Daruma also has a stall at the San Juan Gastronomic Market at S’Escorxador.
For tasty tempura and superb sushi, head for the small Japanese restaurant Daruma in Palma – where an excellent-value-for-money set lunch is on offer. […] Japanese cuisine at Palma’s Daruma restaurant
Opened in 2015, the gastro-market is a big success for Palma attracting a strong local audience as well as international residence and tourists. It is well worth a visit! […] San Juan Gastronomic Market Palma
Enjoy sushi and one of the most amazing sunsets on Mallorca at Sunset Sushi Lounge at Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Port de Sóller.
Chef Tomeu Marti’s Restaurante Arume, in Palma’s C/ San Miguel is very popular with locals. Watch Tomeu at work as he prepares sushi at the counter.
Try excellent sushi at Japo in Santa Catalina for a combination of beautifully presented sushi, poke and fusion gastronomy.
Restaurants offering other Oriental cuisine
Offering wonderful views over all of Palma Bay, Katagi Blau is the perfect place to enjoy Asian fusion-style dishes in Playa de Palma.
Located on the top floor of the Llaut Palace Hotel in El Arenal, chef Gunnar Blischke of Katagi Blau creates fresh and flavourful Asian inspired cuisine. […] Asian delights at KATAGI Blau
Bi Bap, in Palma’s Placa de Mercat, is a lunchtime hotspot, offering great value and flavourful dishes from the cuisines of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Try the sister establishment Bimil Lounge for Asian cocktails and tasty bites.
Enjoy the cuisine of several Asian countries in this fresh and contemporary small restaurant in Palma de Mallorca. […] Restaurant Bi-Bap
Find fresh-tasting Japanese/Peruvian cuisine – and a view over Palma’s emblematic Borne – at De Tokio a Lima, located in the Boutique Hotel Can Alomar in Palma.
Peruvian chef Irene Gutierrez is at the helm of Sumaq in Santa Catalina, offering creative Peruvian/Japanese cuisine. For Japanese/Peruvian cuisine with the added benefit of a great sea view, head for Sumailla in Port d’Andratx – where one of Mallorca’s best sushi chefs uses his skills in the kitchen.
Peruvian fusion cuisine is one of the hottest gastronomic trends on the planet – and Sumaq in Santa Catalina is a great place to experience it. […] Sumaq Restaurant in Palma
The best Chinese restaurant on Mallorca is, not surprisingly, in Palma. Made in China offers excellent cuisine and an attractive décor in which to have lunch or dinner.
When only the best Chinese food will do, visit Made in China. Whether for lunch, á la carte or tasting, a meal in this hospitable Palma restaurant is a real treat for Chinese enthusiasts. […] Made in China Restaurant
You’ll even find Asian fusion cuisine in the beautiful mountain village of Deià, where the cosy restaurant Nama – owned by Namali Schleberger (who is half Sri Lankan) – serves delicious Eastern cuisine, prepared by chef Bonnie.
Namali Schleberger’s appealing restaurant in the heart of Deià serves delicious healthy food – including vegan dishes – full of Asian flavours. […] Eastern Asian flavours at Nama in Deià
The southeast market town of Campos may seem an unlikely place to find a restaurant serving high-end Japanese cuisine, but it’s the home of Kairiku – which offers the concept of ‘omakase’, where diners leave the choice of dishes to the chef.