Mallorca has seven restaurants with Michelin stars, including one with two stars (Zaranda). I’ve been fortunate enough to eat at two of these just this week (Marc Fosh and Zaranda), in the name of work (goodbye waistline). But Michelin stars are not the only sought-after honours for restaurants in Spain and Portugal.
The annual Guiá Repsol awards Repsol Suns for ‘culinary excellence, quality of raw materials, and their implementation, respect for local cuisine, wine menu, as well as table and dining room service.’
The Association of Friends of the Spanish Royal Academy of Gastronomy (Real Academia de Gastronomía) and the Good Food Guild (Cofradía de la Buena Mesa) select and evaluate restaurants in Spain and Portugal. Repsol Suns are awarded to the best.
- 3 stars are awarded to the best restaurants of the year.
- 2 stars are awarded to restaurants guaranteeing excellent quality in cuisine and service.
- 1 star is awarded for high-quality cuisine and sufficient variety.
The 2016 edition of the Guiá Repsol features 36 3-star, 147 2-star, and 293 one-star restaurants in Spain.
Mallorca restaurants with two Repsol Suns
Andreu Genestra is named after its chef/patron. The restaurant is located near the northeast hilltop town of Capdepera and is surrounded by land where the chef grows a wide variety of produce. This restaurant also has one Michelin star.
Santi Taura has one of Spain’s longest waiting lists for a table. But it’s worth the wait. Named after its chef, the restaurant is in the village of Lloseta. Santi’s brother is a partner in the wine distribution business Vinamica (located right across the street), so you can be sure the wine list is interesting. Best to book a room for the night: we can recommend The Pink Pepper Tree in Lloseta.
El Olivo is the fine-dining restaurant of Belmond La Residencia in Deià, where chef Guillermo Méndez prepares Mediterranean and Mallorcan cuisine. Much of the produce he uses comes from the hotel’s own land or from the village.
Es Molí d’en Bou in Sa Coma is the home of renowned chef Tomeu Caldentey, who was the first Mallorcan chef to gain a Michelin star for his restaurant, in 2004 (and annually since).
Restaurante Jardín in Puerto Alcúdia also has a Michelin star, with Macarena de Castro at the helm in the kitchen.
Zaranda is Mallorca’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant and is owned by chef Fernando Pérez Arellano. The restaurant first opened in Madrid 11 years ago. A year after opening it boasted one Michelin star, and a few years later the restaurant relocated to Mallorca. For 2016 Michelin awarded it two stars.
Mallorca restaurants with one Repsol Sun
- Bens d’Avall – near Deià
- Casa Manolo – Ses Salines (famous for seafood)
- Ca Na Toneta – In September 2016, Condé Nast Traveler magazine (US) named this Caimari village restaurant as one of “the 207 greatest restaurants around the globe – according to those who eat, cook, and travel for a living.” It was the only Mallorcan restaurant included.
- Ca’n Calent in Campos is Miquel Calent’s Mallorcan restaurant. He has another – Cuit – in Palma, within the Nakar Hotel.
- Es Racó d’es Teix in Deià also has one Michelin star.
- Can Toni Moreno in Port des Canonge.
- Flanigan in Puerto Portals.
- Sadrassana in Palma was used as the filming location for a scene in the TV mini-series ‘The Night Manager’
- Marc Fosh is one of the chef’s three restaurants in Palma; this one has one Michelin star.
The 2017 edition of the Guiá Repsol will be published in December 2016.
Text & pix Jan Edwards©2016