We’ve picked out six mouth-watering places to eat in the Balearics. Whether you love a formal or only a few after dinner drinks these are definitely worth a visit.
Zaranda (Es Capdella, Mallorca)
Zaranda is located away from the crowd, in the countryside close to Port Andratx. This 2 Michelin starred restaurant welcomes diners to the magnificent Castell de Son Claret. Joan Miro i Ferra, Zaranda’s famous Chef, treats guests to the very finest natural Spanish products yet with a pinch of sophistication. His motto says it all ‘Para ser univeral hay que ser local‘ (to be universal you also have to be local). After a day at sea, dining at Zaranda is an experience that words just cannot describe.
Flanigan (Puerto Portals, Mallorca)
Whether heading there for a coffee or the ‘Pata Negra’ traditional plate, you will always enjoy a relaxed and professional service. Established for more than 30 years, Flanigan is an institution that must be on the itinerary for anyone chartering in Mallorca.
Amante (Cala Sol d’en Serra, Ibiza)
Near Cala Llonga, Santa Eulalia, overlooking a striking rugged coastline, foodies rave about this luxury restaurant for the quality of its cuisine and service. Enjoying a relaxed ambience, specialities include Ibiza’s famous sobrasada (spiced meat dish) and Salicornia seaweed. Another favourite is chargrilled Formentera squid served with mashed potatoes. You may want to time your visit with its gastronomic cinema nights, taking place weekly, or its morning Yoga classes.
Chezz Gerdi (Es Pujol, Formentera)
Tuck into succulent, “grilled to perfection”, freshly caught seafood or meat sourced from the finest producers. By day this hippie Caribbean styled beach restaurant is the perfect place to unwind over a spot of lunch on the boardwalk with your feet dangling in the warm waters. By sundown, the vibe is effortlessly cool with mixologists serving cocktails (try the green tea and gin creation) to chilled sounds.
Aiyanna (Cala Nova bay, Es Cana, Ibiza)
‘Boho’ and ‘barefoot chic’ are just some of words used to sum-up the style of this beach restaurant, made famous by the founders of the Amante Beach Club. The style is laid-back and the food is influenced by the Eastern Mediterranean. Vegans and vegetarians are well catered for with fresh lively salads and the Green Tabouleh (made with edamame, lentils, peas and goji with citrus dressing) being stand-out choices. The bar is perfect for chilling with comfy beanbags to spread out on. Along with the appetising food and welcoming colourful decor, the beach views are eye-candy in themselves.
Covo D’en Xoroi (Menorca)
According to their own publicity, serving drinks is all they do, but what a setting! Bars don’t come more spectacular than this. Set within a cave, high up in the cliffs, Covo D’en Xoroi, makes an lasting impression with its amazing vantage point over the mesmerizing Mediterranean waters. International DJs play here, while partying lasts from 11.30am into the small hours. It’s the ideal spot for sipping afternoon wine and sundowners as the sky gradually turns an inky black.
Pictures courtesy of Amante, Aiyanna and Covo d’en Xoroi