If you’re looking for a boutique hotel in the north of Mallorca, I can personally recommend the British-owned Can Mostatxins in the charming old walled town of Alcúdia. It’s so good, they named it twice (like Sinatra’s New York): since last year there have been two hotels with this name – Can Mostatxins Frare and the original, Can Mostatxins Quinze. If it were not for the lane running between the two handsomely renovated old buildings, they’d be joined at the drainpipe.
New at Can Mostatxins for 2019
The two Can Mostatxins hotels are now open for the 2019 season, with something new to offer: Restaurant Apolonia. This 26-cover restaurant is open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday evenings from 18:00-21:00h (quite early by Spanish standards). Alcúdia isn’t short of eateries, but this addition has a culinary offering with plenty of appeal for foodies.
Restaurant Apolonia has an elegant but simple décor, with linen-covered tables, attractive lighting and, on the main wall, a specially commissioned painting of the old sailing ship Apolonia, which was once the pride of the family who used to own the building. The pleasant background piano music when we ate there was unobtrusive and relaxing. It’s worth taking a peek at the floor in one particular area of the restaurant to see something surprising. I’ll say no more and let you discover this for yourself!
What does Restaurant Apolonia offer?
Apolonia offers two weekly changing tasting menus – one of which is vegetarian; there’s no à la carte. The menu is available in both six- and four-course versions and is priced between 36€ and 48€ per diner. An optional wine pairing is available for 20€ per person and includes a dessert wine or sherry. We had the six-course version.
The Mediterranean cuisine is the creation of a young female chef from Asturias, Cristina López, whose previous experience of working in Michelin-star restaurants shows. “I love to cook and work with seasonal products,” Cristina told me. We loved eating the results.
This is the pictorial version of the menu we enjoyed during our visit to Restaurant Apolonia:
If you’re not staying as a guest in the hotel, you can eat here only with a prior reservation, made by phoning reception at Can Mostatxins; Restaurant Apolonia does not take walk-in diners. My recommendation would be to treat yourself and book one of the 19 rooms available between Can Mostatxins Frare and Can Mostatxins Quinze so that you can take advantage of the choice of good-quality Mallorcan wines with your dinner.
Until the end of March 2019, book a stay at Can Mostatxins through Mallorcan Tonic and you’ll get a discount of 20% on accommodation.