Mallorca and Soller’s Culinary Heritage
Mallorca offers an incredible variety of good restaurants and tapas bars, even small takeaways that one can easily walk past offer breath-taking, fresh locally sourced food. But not everything that makes up the cuisine of Mallorca is typically Mallorca. Often the dishes or the inspiration for the dish has come from the mainland or been heavily influenced by it. Spanish cuisine is very varied, as each region has its own specialties and recipes. There are a host of talented chefs on the island who pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients and providing an experience that is closely connected to the culinary history of the Island and their local towns.
What really distinguishes Mallorcan cuisine? It is rural with lots of meat and hearty vegetables! Cabbage is one of them! Typical dishes are rabbit, lamb, kid or suckling pig, snails are also a Mallorcan delicacy. Of course there is also fish, deliciously prepared and freshly caught on the coast. Some traditional Mallorcan specialties are: “Tumbet”, a vegetable casserole made from aubergines, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini and garlic. A light summer dish that can be eaten warm or cold, as a main course, starter or as an accompaniment to meat, fish or eggs. And of course “Pa amb oli”, a typical Mallorcan starter. The “bread with oil” can be topped with ham, cheese, sobrasada, the Mallorcan sausage specialty and of course with vegetables. These little delicacies are based on unsalted country bread, mostly toasted on one side, drizzled with olive oil, rubbed with a halved clove of garlic and a halved Ramallet tomato and sprinkled with salt. Then of course there is the sobrasada, which is made from raw minced pork and pork bacon with plenty of paprika, salt and other spices. It can serve as a spread, but is also sliced in to other dishes and is a local favourite.
Mallorcan wine can be somewhat difficult to source when not on the island! It all started so well: it was the Romans who brought the Mallorcans the wine. Many Romans at the time have agreed on the fact that the Mallorcan wines can compete with the best Italian wines. There are long-established wineries, but also a very committed new generation. Now the focus is no longer on quantity, but on quality. And that has its price! The Port de Sollér has grown into a destination for tourists in recent years. Through the development of the promenade and it surroundings it has turned into a hotbed of exciting new restaurants. Locally grown chefs display their talents by using locally sourced ingredients like lemons, olive and freshly caught fish.
Kingfisher Restaurant and Bar (Calle San Ramon de Penyafort, Port de Soller)
The kingfisher is the emblem of this prestigious restaurant right on the harbor, overlooking Santa Catalina with its fishing boats and yachts. The golden and pink evening light on the mountains welcomes the guests who come for a leisurely dinner on the terrace. From here, the Soller valley presents itself as a golden bowl filled with shine. Due to its slightly elevated location with a wonderful view of the harbor, the Kingfisher is a quiet and somewhat reserved place, away from the tourist crowds. The menu has an emphasis on the freshest local fish and regional meat. In addition to freshly caught Soller Shrimp there is Cod Fillet served ala “Firo de Soller” style and for those with a sweet tooth there are a variety of local ice creams. Prices for appetizer start at 10EUR and signature dishes fall between 20 and 30EUR. The restaurant is open Tuesdays to Saturdays and is a must for people who enjoy seafood.
Can Boqueta (Gran Via, 43, 07100 Sóller, Illes Balears, Spain)
Can Boqueta prides itself on Mediterranean heritage inspiring their recipes. Located in a typical Mallorcan house with stone floors, high ceilings and an interior patio with views of the Sierra de la Tramuntana. What makes it a little different to other restaurants on this list is that it offers a tasting menu that is subject to Change fortnightly to surprise and discover new flavours and seasonal ingredients. It is served in the evenings, weekends and holidays.
They pride themselves on using Mallorcan suppliers and giving back to the local economy. The lunch menu although having a more informal touch is still heavily influenced by the character that shapes this restaurant. The tasting menu includes traditional meals such as suckling pick but is combined with caramelized pumpkin puree and brandy sauce. Locally sourced lobster and monkfish round up the tasting menu. The prices for the tasting menu start at 35EUR.
Ca’n Llimona (Carrer de la Victòria 11 Maig, 12, 07100 Sóller, Illes Balears, Spain)
Ca’n Llimona focuses on fresh artisan pasta and a combination of organic and healthy food. The chef has a passion for healthy locally produced and sourced food. The restaurant specializes in egg-free pasta, suitable for allergy sufferers, with a particular texture that is incredible. There are a range of organic and ethically sourced teas and coffees available for those looking for breakfast. The menu is seasonal and as a result is subject to change. There is an interesting combination of local and seasonal ingredients combined with high end Italian products that makes this place a must visit. It is much more vegetarian and vegan friendly than some of the other restaurants on this list with the starters being hummus, caramelized onion and olives.
The signature dishes include a vegan Bolognese to which truffle sauce can be added for those looking for something extra special. Other signature dishes include homemade lasagne with mozzarella and parmesan. This restaurant is the ideal destination for those on a plant-friendly diet, prices start at 12.5EUR for a start and signature dishes fall between 12.5 and 17.5EUR. A range of healthy iced teas and smoothies are available as well as a selection of locally sourced wines.
El Guia Restaurant
El Guia Restaurant is an elegant, classic Mallorca Restaurant. Established in 1880 and located in the heart of the old town, it retains all the character and charm of the island’s most traditional architecture. It has combined Soller gastronomy with exquisite service through a harmonious decor of authentic Mallorcan style. Enjoy a lovely atmosphere in the courtyard garden or inside, where you can select from various Mediterranean and international specialities.
El Guia retains all the traditional characteristics of the region’s architecture while offering a state-of-the-art adaptation to guests’ needs.
This Soller restaurant guarantees a memorable experience from the moment you walk in the door and experience the calm and elegance of its courtyard.
Here you will find the perfect ambience to enjoy the authentic Mallorcan cuisine prepared with exquisite attention to detail. It’s an excellent choice any day of the week and a great place to go with children (they have a large outdoor patio that accommodates families) or just sit at the bar and enjoy some tapas over a glass of wine.
A true piece of history, El Guia retains all the character and charm of an authentic Mallorcan eatery. The portions are generous, the food of excellent quality, and an atmosphere rare for the area. The staff is friendly and warm and provides service with a smile.
The cuisine is complemented by a selection of wines produced within a 25-mile radius to guarantee freshness and quality. The menu is varied and includes everything from typical Spanish cuisine like paella to fresh seafood and grilled meats. The prices of starters are from 9.8EUR.
The dishes at El Guia are fantastic, but you’ll really love their rabbit and lamb dishes and their grilled chicken with potatoes. You can also order tapas at the bar, and there are always plenty of people around to talk to, making it a great place to go when you’re alone.
If you’re looking for something different from traditional Spanish cuisine to eat in Soller, they also offer pizza that is made in their wood-fired oven. It’s one of the best pizzas we’ve had anywhere, and they make it exactly the way we want it: crispy, thin crust with lots of toppings! We usually get ours with mushrooms and onions (no tomato sauce), which might sound strange but tastes amazing! And from your table, you have views of the street and its special charm.
Miga de la Nube Cafe
If you love relaxing in a tranquil garden sipping your coffee slowly, Miga de Nube is your best option in Soller Mallorca. Venture into the small streets of Sóller, following a fragrant trail of orange blossom, until you reach Miga de Nude. It is an ideal palace to escape from the hustle and bustle of Solle as you look at the countryside.
Miga de Nube is an oasis of calm and relaxation that sits in the heart of Soller. This charming, rustic restaurant is a great choice for those looking to feel immersed in nature while enjoying some delicious Spanish cuisine.
As you step into their tranquil space, your eyes are drawn to the beautiful garden with trees and plants. Here you will find everything that plants have to offer -healthy food for your body, mind and soul. Their menu has something for everyone, whether you’re vegan or simply vegetarian.
Miga de la Nube has plenty of vegan options, including pastries and cakes. They offer daily fresh salads, soups and daily meals created with carefully selected fresh products from Sóller. If you just want a drink, they have excellent freshly-made organic teas and coffees. Try the vegan shakes, teas, and coffees with different flavours like almond and soybean, to mention a few. You can enjoy the tasty drinks alone or accompany them with a selection of sandwiches, salads and delicious specialities of the day.
If you’re bringing an animal friend along with you, don’t worry. They’re very dog friendly, and you’ll have relaxing moments without feeling out of place. You will enjoy your meal and the friendliness of the staff as they look after your canine friend.
What’s more, they have a creative workshop where you can see some amazing arts and learn about the local culture. So if you are passionate about art, you don’t want to miss this spectacular place. Feel the pleasure of enjoying the beauty of Soller surrounded by the charm of handicraft. And if you are just passing by in a hurry, there is an option to carry takeaways. Just order your favourite dish, and the friendly staff will pack it for you.
Patiki Beach Restaurant
Patiki Beach Restaurant is located right on the beach in Port de Soller. It is the place you have to go to eat in Port de Soller when you are with your family or friends, or even on a fancy date.
The restaurant offers a varied menu with simple dishes made with quality and freshest ingredients. They have vegetarian, fish, and meat dishes so that you will find something for everyone. From simple, seasonal dishes done with quality ingredients to sophisticated entrees and desserts, their menu offers it all: for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Topped off with an impressive cocktail selection and a beautiful environment that is literally on the sand, this restaurant is a must-visit in Mallorca.
They offer great cocktails like fresh Bloody Mary and Sangría Patiki. Their yummy salads are made from local products, like Circle Carbon’s mountain/ garden of green salad.
Patiki Beach Restaurant is a luxuriant place for a unique seaside dining experience. Greet the day with a sunshine smile at the Patiki Beach Restaurant. Nestled right on the beach, this restaurant gives you stunning waterfront views. Here, you will enjoy a relaxed lunch in the beach dining area, surrounded by the wind from the sea and framed by pine trees. It feels nice to take your favourite meal or cocktail in the cool sandy environment. Also, the restaurant has excellent service and kind staff. The prices at Patiki Beach Restaurant start at 5EUR.
If you want a fine dining experience with a touch of the exotic in a port de Soller restaurant, Agapanto is your place. Agapanto is a hidden gem in Soller with magnificent decor that is so welcoming. The restaurant offers good food and comfortable seating in an elegant setting.
The menu has a little something for everyone, offering Mediterranean and Mallorquin dishes that are sure to delight your taste buds. Better still, the food is local, and they prepare it using local and fresh ingredients. Accompany your delicious meal with excellent wines as you sit on the beautiful terrace.
What’s more, the service is very friendly, relaxed and efficient. The food presentation is exceptional, and the ambience creates a relaxing dining atmosphere. The service team is polite and serves you with etiquette. You will want to stay at the restaurant longer to enjoy the delightful experience. In fact, you feel that you’re paying for what you deserve.
Immerse yourself in a memorable experience as you enjoy your meal al fresco while watching the beautiful colours of sunset and taking in the beautiful Soller bay and Tramuntana Mountains. You can also chill out on a sandbed after your meal and enjoy sweet moments with your loved one. This restaurant is really a slice of heaven!
The amazing Agapanto is perfect for a romantic date with your better half. On some days of the week, there is a live music performance to entertain you so that you’ll have a memorable experience with your partner.
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