Tough times are becoming even tougher for the hospitality sector in Mallorca. From mid-December, restaurants, cafes, and bars had to close at 6pm and could serve customers only outdoors (with reduced capacities). If you’ve been in Mallorca over the past few weeks, you’ll know the weather generally has been colder and wetter than usual for this time of year. Not the ideal conditions for eating or drinking al fresco.
Establishments without a terrace or other outdoor space had no choice but to close their doors, or offer a takeaway and/or delivery service.
Tomorrow, Wednesday 13th January, sees the start of a new measure, intended initially for 15 days: all restaurants, bars, and cafes must remain closed. Restaurants are allowed to offer only takeaway food (until 10pm) or delivery service (until midnight).
Adapt to Survive
If you’re in Mallorca and want a break from cooking at home, check out your favourite eateries to see if they’re offering take-out or delivered food. Some restaurants are also offering gift vouchers on their websites for use when they’re open again, which could make welcome gifts for family and friends. Adapt to survive, is the motto many are embracing. But they need our support, now more than ever, if we can give it.
A Small Selection of Takeaway/Delivery Options
Simple Smart Food Bar in Palma: One for those who like delicious healthy food, such as salads, poke bowls, fresh juices etc. Order through WhatsApp on 617 05 80 69. Takeaway or delivery (Glovo).
La Vieja de Jonay Hernandez in Palma: delicious Canarian cuisine. Jonay has set up a user-friendly website so you can see what’s on offer. Order a takeaway 48 hours in advance and you’ll get a 10 per cent discount. Your first order comes with a free La Vieja t-shirt.
La Barra Miceli in Inca: Takeaway food only. Monday to Saturday, 9am until 2.30pm. Order on WhatsApp 692115333.
Raft 19 Bistro in Cala Gamba (outskirts of Palma) is offering a weekend takeaway service to collect on Fridays and Saturdays only. Orders should be placed by 8pm on the Thursday. Their three-course weekend takeaway roast menu costs 25 euros per head. Orders on WhatsApp or by phone on 722 536 299.
Tomeu Caldentey Cuiner in Sa Coma: Sant Antoni public fiestas this January have been cancelled, but there’s nothing to stop families (who live together in the same household) from celebrating at home with a special takeaway meal from Tomeu’s kitchen. The Visca Sant Antoni takeaway menu is available on January 15th-17th inclusive. The menu costs 20 euros a head (including IVA) and includes a loaf of Tomeu’s moreish olive oil bread. Orders should be placed 24 hours in advance, with cash payment on collection. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp 646 445 407.
Michelin-starred Marc Fosh restaurant in Palma is closed for the winter as usual (it’s located in a seasonal hotel), but you can still enjoy Marc’s delicious cuisine through his Fosh Food at Home service. Dishes are freshly cooked to order and delivered to your home. On his restaurant website you can also find details of gift vouchers the restaurant and Marc’s cookbook for sale.
Here are words from Marc and Iris Fosh’s message today to their loyal customers:
“Almost every colleague we know faces the hardship of a challenging winter ahead, and we would like to encourage you to patronize your favourite local restaurants, when they can open safely again, and support them through their pickup and delivery business, or by purchasing gift cards and vouchers in the meantime.”
I can add no more, Marc.
Jan Edwards Copyright 2021