16 Apr 2019
Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago flung seaward from Valencia’s hooked coast. With a laid-back atmosphere and rugged coastlines topped with rustic restaurants and cafes, there’s no better place to give audience to the slow waters of the Mediterranean. The island is scattered with white-sand beaches, hill towns, vineyards, monasteries and country estates. Popular amongst hikers and cyclists throughout the year, the countryside rolls under the limestone sculptures of the Serra de Tramuntana and carries the low thrum of wing-strumming crickets and songful cicadas – the perfect backdrop for time spent tasting the local wine and traditional Mallorcan food.
Set in the main building of Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, far above the glistening ocean, this water-facing Brasserie restaurant specialises in locally-sourced and authentic Mediterranean food served al fresco. Cap Roig Brasserie uses only local produce, catering for a variety of diets, whilst serving-up a stunning view from their lookout atop the cliffs of Mallorca. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed, and the slow Spanish sunsets never disappoint.
The Kingfisher restaurant cooks up honest and original dishes using recipes sourced from around the world, as well as a few traditional Mallorcan offerings. Try beautifully presented and prepared seafood, caught that same day by Krisztian and his team – the Kingfisher family. It’s the perfect menu for dinner and wine beside the sunlit waters of Port de Soller, overlooking the Spanish yachts as they rock and bob in unison.
Ca’s Patro March
You might recognise this little sea-facing restaurant from the BBC’s The Night Manager. There’s a reason they chose this location – it’s a wonderfully distinct waterside lookout on the Cala Deia, shouldered by chalky bluffs, stone jetties and sea-worn coves. It’s not far from the Tramuntana mountains and only a short stroll from the quiet village of Deia. The furnishings are simple, with wooden fencing, a terrace strung with hangings salvaged from the sea and a narrow corridor of seating beside the clear waters. They offer a seasonal menu with Mallorcan wines and freshly caught and grilled fish and shellfish.
So, it’s not exactly a sea-view restaurant, but it’s only a very short walk to the water and we just had to include this restaurant. With family roots in Mallorca, head chef Adrian Quetglas spent a decade training throughout London, Moscow and Paris. His passion for the island is manifest in the specificity of his menu. His ambition has been to democratise haute cuisine – to use simple, natural products to great effect, through avant-garde techniques. Expect casual and affordable fine dining and a fresh European cuisine spread across a five-course menu that will surely justify hiking, driving, swimming… to the Passeig de Mallorca.
For the best seafood paella in Mallorca, head to Sa Foradada and see the catch cooked before your eyes on a wood-fired grill. This bucket-list favourite sits perched on a clifftop in a location you might expect to serve a Bond villain’s hideout. Rest assured there’s no funny business going on inside. Created in 1972 by Emilio Fernandez, this restaurant combines a simple rustic aesthetic with a truly unforgettable setting and far-reaching views across the Mediterranean. Look out upon huddled boats swaying close to the shore and the far-out deep where the waters darken. Keep in mind that you’ll have to arrive either by boat or mountain hike – the restaurant isn’t reachable by car.
Relaxed and understated, Agapanto is an effortless evocation of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Nothing moves to fast and nobody seems to be in a rush. They are proponents of the philosophy that ‘food is medicine’, serving a delicious Mediterranean/Mallorquin cuisine, with views over the turquoise cove of the Port de Soller. Combined with the sun-covered Tramuntana Mountains, it really is an unbeatable vista to eat beside. There’s also a flower-wrapped terrace and herbal gardens close by, providing a lovely natural aroma that blends with the traces of salt on the ocean breeze.
Stay in a luxury Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa at Mallorca to be close to the best sea-view restaurants.