Our foodie friends from Oxfordshire made their customary visit for a holiday with us in June and, as usual, we took the opportunity to introduce them to some of the restaurants we’d discovered since their last visit. One of these was Melassa Restaurant at Melbeach Hotel & Spa, in the pleasant northeastern resort of Canyamel.
When The Boss and I ate here last, we said (almost at the same time): “D and K would love this restaurant!” We took these friends last month and, indeed, they did.
Melassa Restaurant location
Melbeach Hotel & Spa is an adults-only hotel, on the beach at the quieter end of the resort. Its restaurant – Melassa – is open to the public as well as guests staying in the hotel; both dining room and terrace benefit from their proximity to the Mediterranean. The views are gorgeous – especially in the evenings around sunset time. Although you can’t see the sun sinking into the sea in this part of Mallorca, the changing colours of the sky and water are worth seeing. It was spectacular when we were there in June.
The gleaming white-painted building has a contemporary design and is, in fact, a total renovation of a more traditional-style resort hotel of a different name. The stylish hotel is seasonal, with an outdoor chill-out lounge – where you could have a drink before or after eating at Melassa Restaurant (also adults only).
Chef David Moreno
David Moreno is from Mexico and leads a small brigade of talented and enthusiastic young chefs. Prior to working at Melassa Restaurant, he was the sous chef at the Michelin-starred Andreu Genestra. His previous experience at that Michelin-starred restaurant in Capdepera is evident at Melassa.
We had reserved the tasting menu in advance for the four of us. Each dish would arrive at the table as a delicious surprise. David himself came out from the kitchen to explain each dish.
Dishes on the tasting menus change, depending on the fresh local produce available. One thing’s for sure: you’ll eat delicious creative cuisine that marries interesting flavours with a variety of textures. The majority of the wines on the list are Mallorcan and prices seem fair. Service from the young team is professional and friendly.
My ‘Table Talk’ Restaurant of the Week
My Saturday-morning two-hour ‘Table Talk’ show on Mallorca Sunshine Radio includes a Restaurant of the Week. This feature is a brief description of the restaurant and what it offers; it’s broadcast on the show at around 11.35h and also on the preceding Monday to Friday at around 12.35h. It is not an advertising feature: my choice of restaurant each week is based on my own experience of eating there. Melassa is my Restaurant of the Week from July 2nd-7th, 2018.
Good to know:
- At lunchtime a separate menu of snack-type meals is available from 12:30-16:30h.
- Dinner is from 20:00-22:00h and you can choose from the à la carte menu or the tasting menus (five- or seven-plate versions). If you want one of the tasting menus, please contact the restaurant in advance to reserve.
- The chill-out lounge has live music in the summer on Tuesdays and Fridays from 21:00-23:00h
UPDATE: January 2019: David Moreno and his team have moved to the 5-star hotel Can Simoneta – also in Canyamel. The hotel is due to re-open for the 2019 season in late February.
©Jan Edwards 2018. All photos are also my copyright, except those marked as provided by the hotel.