It is never a hard thing to find something to eat in Mallorca, BUT it is always take some effort to find the hidden gems 🙂 Instead of going to the top#1 rated restaurants on tripadvisor (which i did personally), here are some of my personal picks that truly worth a visit.
Below restaurants are not ranked in any sequences (i think they are all pretty awesome in different ways), and I am a seafood lover so my taste might be a bit biased in some cases.
So, let’s get started!
#1 Le Parada del Mar – the seafood paradise Address : Avinguda de Joan Miró, 244, 07015 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Looking like the seafood market? yes that’s the authentic way to go for seafood, get it fresh from the market. Here at the entrance of the restaurant, you have to order from this mini “market” first, then get your seat and wait for the food to be served.
The price is very reasonable comparing to other seafood restaurant and it seems pretty popular among the locals (i.e. people barely speak english here). Here we ordered few things, mostly shrimps and shells, in which i believe the Spanish way of simple cooking mange to retain most of the original umami. And as an Asian, where you find tones of way to cook a fish, I prefer not to have any fish in Spanish style (just due to my personal preferences).
Alright, i might be wrong sometimes with the TripAdvisor recommendations, here is an semi-exception: it is a nice place offer the best seafood paella on the island AND it is a tourist place (i.e. menu, flavour, price all adjusted for the tourists).
Here you find the typical minimum two-person portion HUGE paella with mixed seafood at a price a bit expensive than local restaurants would offer. The size is so huge that its impossible for 2 person (without eating breakfast) to finish, so we have to order take aways for the leftovers (most ppl ordered this do so as well).
Why would i say the menu and flavour are adjusted? you will find it out in the next LOCAL restaurant im going to mentioned below.
Overall, it is still recommended to pay a visit here if you really into paella 🙂
If you living within the tourist bubble, you will never truly visit a place, so go somewhere local! Here in the Cellar restaurant, through it looks pretty fancy from the outside, it is indeed a very down to earth place offers nice food at super reasonable price.
We visited at lunchtime, and unfortunately its set menu (90% local’s choice) is only in Spanish. And it is only 13.75 euros (starter, main, dessert, drink)!!!
As you can see from the standard local menu, paella here is like a starter only, instead of a huge portion of main dish that normally served in tourist restaurants. When it served the starter, it is of coz not presented in that nice manner comparing to tourist restaurants, but the flavour arent bad at all.
Here are things we ordered + the wine is pretty nice too (sadly forget to take any pics)
#4 GIOIA – local handmade icecream #topicecreampalma
Unfortunately I could not locate the address of this ice cream shop on Google Map at the time im writing this post.
Like me know if you have tried any of these above, and feel free to leave msg and inbox me if you have some other tips for mallorca 🙂