The Spanish expression ‘Buen provecho’ translates to ‘enjoy your meal’ in English, and you’ll have no reason not to in foodie hotspot Palma de Mallorca. You’ll find all sorts of quintessential Spanish delicacies here, but the food in Majorca has its own identity and a few dishes you’d do well to try in the one place you’ll find them at their best...
Sobrasada is a Balearic speciality – a soft, pâté-esque sausage, often spread on crispy bread. It’s a staple of Mallorcan tapas ensembles.
Vegan? Look no further than Tombet, a veggie-friendly dish that is commonly found all over the island. Sliced layers of potato, aubergine and bell peppers make up this versatile casserole, served often as an accompaniment to meat or fish dishes but just as delicious when it’s the main event. Due to its similarities with ratatouille, courgette has wormed its way into many a recipe, and you may find Tombet with a fried egg or two perched atop.
While we’re still on savoury specialities, let’s talk about Coca de Trampó. This common snack is essentially pizza without the cheese, so your desire to try it may vary depending on how important you think cheese is to a good pizza. These strips of crispy, vegetable-topped pastry make for the perfect on-the-go meal.
On a sweeter note is ensaïmada. Start your day right and pair this spiral-shaped pastry with your morning café con leche. Most versions of this icing-sugar-dusted treat come as just a shell of impossibly light pastry, but filled variations are out there – keep an eye out for cream, chocolate and even pumpkin-filled ensaïmada.
Has your appetite been suitably whetted by all that? Watch our video guide to find out where you can try some of these Mallorcan classics first-hand:
Exploring this city will work up an appetite, so read on for a few more of the best restaurants in Palma de Mallorca.
La Paloma For a spot of fine dining in Palma, head for La Paloma in the city’s lively La Lonja district. A multinational team of young chefs work here, serving up Mediterranean classics in the form of fresh meatballs, garlic prawns, cheese-coated asparagus, and mushroom and spinach-stuffed salmon. But the food is just part of the story – dining in the 15th-century building that the restaurant occupies is an experience, with three distinct dining spaces allowing for different perspectives on this striking setting.
If you’re after more in the way of fancy food, head to Clandestí Taller Gastronòmic (Carrer de Guillem Massot, 45) in Palma’s Bon Aires area for boundary-pushing tasting menus, or tuck into inventive Balearic dishes at the impossibly stylish Sadrassana (15 Plaça de la Drassana, Palma de Mallorca, Spain) in the Old Town.
You’ll find this buzzy, characterful restaurant on the northern edge of Palma’s Old Town and a diverse, mouthwatering menu awaits anyone who makes the trip. Popular with the locals (so you know its good), this quirky eatery specialises in everything from tapas-esque pintxos bar food to expertly cooked steaks, with some more left field options (mini burgers and tiny fries, anyone?) thrown in for good measure.
Tapas is a ubiquitous part of Spanish culinary culture and can be found all over the country, and Mallorca is no exception. ‘Saint Joan’s Oven’ is indicative of the forward-thinking nature of Palma’s food scene and is committed to a particularly progressive type of tapas. Visit this family-run establishment for four individually themed floors of cocktails, a generous wine list and creative dishes that often have a hint of Asian fusion about them.
Want your tapas a little more on the traditional side of things? No-frills Bar Dia (Carrer dels Apuntadors, 18, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain) is responsible for some of the best tapas in Palma, trading innovation for time-honoured recipes and more-than-generous portions. Mercat 1930 (Avinguda de Gabriel Roca, 33, 07014 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain) is a food market where you’ll be able to find tapas bars tucked away among sushi stalls and burger joints.
The Spanish love their vermouth, and if you want to revel in the newfound popularity of this old-school drink, then head to La Rosa Vermuteria in the centre of town. Traditional Mallorcan takes on tapas classics are on the menu here, alongside a dizzying selection of vermouth brands. It might also be the most Instagram-worthy spot in the city. Arrive early or book ahead (for large groups) if you want to avoid a lengthy wait.
Last, but by no means least, is Marc Fosh. The eponymous restaurant of British (yes, British) chef Marc Fosh - the first Brit to earn a Michelin star in Spain – opened this restaurant in 2009 and has consistently earned rave reviews ever since. Décor is minimalist here, because Fosh leaves the food to do the talking. Tasting menus are brimming with bold Mediterranean flavours – the Mallorquin suckling pig is a highlight – and carefully constructed using local produce. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, you can’t go wrong with the imaginative veggie-friendly ‘Menu Natural’. Whatever you order, leave room for one of Fosh’s famed desserts – the preserved lemon ice cream with cherry-rosewater sorbet is to die for.
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