Restaurants In Majorca


Mallorca has been welcoming clients to their island for many years, so it will come as no surprise at the wide choice of restaurants to be found in Mallorca where you can find both international and Spanish cuisine. There are also the usual fast food outlets that you find in the UK and that are very popular with the children.

Mallorcan cuisine, based on pork, fish and vegetables with generous use of garlic and olive oil, is hearty peasant fare steeped in tradition and rooted in local ingredients.

Not long ago every village would celebrate the matanca, the winter slaughter of pigs, with songs and dancing and the making of hams and sausages for the coming year. Sausages come in several varieties - sobrasada (raw minced pork with hot red pepper) and botifarro (cured pork with blood), as well as spicy chorizo from Spain. And no bar would be complete without its jamon serrano, a whole cured ham displayed on an attractive slicing-board.
Restaurant In Majorca

Mallorcan Specialities

A side effect of the matanca was frit mallorqui, a fry-up of the most perishable offal with potatoes, onions and tomatoes.Nowadays you find it on menus alongside tumbet, a Mallorcan-style ratatouille of aubergines, potatoes and peppers in olive oil, and sopes mallorquines, a thick broth of thinly-sliced brown bread and vegetables. Other classic dishes include llom amb col (pork wrapped in cabbage with pine nuts and raisins) and lechona asada (roast suckling pig).
Paella is not a Mallorcan dish but it is widely available; paella ciega (blind man's paella) comes without bones. The local equivalent is arros brat ('dirty rice'), saffron rice cooked with chicken, pork and vegetables. Fish is mostly imported and frozen - restaurants have to state this - but lobster, prawns, sardines and sea bass are all good. The latter, baked in rock salt, is a Mallorcan speciality.
Desserts are not Mallorca's strong point - often the choice is between helado (ice cream) and flan (creme caramel). An interesting alternative is gato de almendras, almond cake served with toasted almond ice-cream. Mallorcans are very proud of ensaimadas, fluffy, spiral-shaped pastries dusted with sugar and filled with anything from pumpkin jam to sobrasada sausage; the secret ingredient is said to be the lard in the pastry. Cheeses include Mahon from Menorca and Manchego from central Spain as well as local varieties.
Wine
The vi or vino de la casa will invariably be Mallorcan, but most bottled wine is imported from Spain. The best red wines come from La Rioja - wine labelled crianza is aged in oak for at least a year, reserva for two, gran reserva for three. Penedes red and white wines from Catalunya are good value; Cava, Spanish sparkling wine, is from the same area. But don't disparage Mallorcan wines - the best stand comparison with anything at the same cost from mainland Spain.
Most restaurants offer a menu of the day, which is usually excellent value and quite filling for between 6 and 8 euros. Generally it includes three courses with wine or beer and water. For a light meal then tapas are a good idea, where small plates of tasters are served with a piece of bread. These can be pieces of Spanish omelette, prawns, meatballs, tripe, pork in tomato sauce, Russian salad, for example. They are usually on display on the bar top, and can be hot or cold. Many different plates can be ordered and shared.

TYPICAL MEALS AND COSTS
A three course a la carte meal with coffee in a typical and informal Spanish restaurant is likely to cost between 15 and 21 euros.

Below are three typical three course meals and their costs, including one for vegetarians. A bottle of house wine costs around 8 euros and a glass of house wine costs around 3 euros.
Menu 1
Strater: House Salad 4.00  euros
Main course: Fritura Mallorcian 6.00  euros
Dessert: Flan (creme caramel) 3.00  euros
TOTAL 14.00  euros
   
Menu 2    
Starter: Fresh Asparagus 6.00  euros
Main course: Grilled Lamb Chop Pollensa Style 8.00  euros
Dessert: Crème Brulee 5.00  euros
TOTAL 19.00  euros
   
Menu 3 (Vegetarian)    
Starter: Eggs Flamenco 3.00  euros
Main course: Vegetable Lasagne 6.00  euros
Dessert: Fresh fruit 4.00  euros
TOTAL 13.00  euros
Even the smallest bar/restaurant along the coast will usually have a menu in English, however, inland this might not be the case. Here are a few translations to help you.
Bill
Fizzy water
Still water
Beer
Beer (no alcohol)
Wine, red, white, rose
Garlic
Rice
Tuna
Beef
Pork
Lamb
Chicken
Ham
York ham
Sausage
Spicy sausage
Fried
Grilled
Ice cream
Vegetables
Squid
Shellfish
Crab
Egg
Fish
Cheese
Salt
Pepper
Mustard
la cuenta
agua con gas
agua sin gas
cerveza
cerveza sin alcohol
Vino, tinto, blanco, rosado
ajo
arroz
atun
ternera
cerdo
cordero
pollo
jamon Serrano
jamon york
salchicha
chorizo
frito
a la plancha
helado
verduras
calamares
mariscos
cangrejo
huevo
pescado
queso
sal
pimiento
mostaza
Restaurant In Majorca

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