Eating out in Mallorca is, on the whole, an inexpensive
and enjoyable experience with hundreds of restaurants to choose
These range from the usual fast food outlets in
the big tourist resorts, to all manner of international cuisine
including Japanese Sushi, Mexican, Indian, Thai, French and Chinese.
Genuine Balearic food also deserves a mention and
there are numerous tapas
bars and restaurants
serving the local sopas mallorquines (a hearty broth containing
port and vegetables), asados de lechona (roast suckling pig) or
lomo con col (pork with cabbage) to name but a few.
Other Spanish dishes including paella and gazpacho
are also widely available.
One can usually find local restaurants that serve
a traditional Spanish working mans lunch, the menu
of the day or Menu Del Dia over a thousand bars and
cafes can be found on Mallorca, many of which stay open throughout
the day and very late into the night. These normally serve all types
of drinks from Coca Cola to beer, wine and spirits. Many also provide
various snacks and pastries, including Ensaimadas a traditional
Mallorquin pastry filled with cream.
Wine and dine Mallorca style
With over 1.200 restaurants in Mallorca and lots of locally
produced wine you cannot go far wrong. You will be able to enjoy
Mediterranean style of cooking at its best based largely on locally
produced meat, fruit, fish and vegetables. Go to any Mallorcan style
restaurant and you will be offered age-old recipes mainly comprised
of pig, fish and lamb.
Sopas mallorquines (a hearty
broth containing slices of bread and vegetables)
Asados de lechona (roast suckling pig)
Palatilla de cordero (roast shoulder of lamb)
Conejo (rabbit with onions)
Lomo con col (pork with cabbage)
Tumbet (Baked mediterranean vegetables)
The quality of local wine has improved
greatly over the last ten years. Besides going to visit one or more
of the local wine estates to activate your taste buds consider stocking
up with Binisalem, Felanitx, and Porreras wine both white and red.
To finish off a good meal try out a well-known local digestive "Hierbas",
a herb liquor. It comes dry, semi-sweet or sweet and can be found
in most restaurants and liquor outlets across the island.
Local deserts are wonderful. There
are Mallorca cakes such as "Coca de Almendras", and the famous "ensaimada".
Since there are lots of almonds on the islands you can even finish
off your meal in true Mallorcan style and order some roast almonds