For a town the size of Soller, it is surprising how few restaurants there seems to be. Apart from the cafes around the main square and the restaurants found in the (good) selection of hotels, there are only a handful of independent places to dine (in contrast, the Port de Soller is crammed full of restaurants).
However, Soller is fortunate to have a quite lovely restaurant called Ca’n BoQueta which opened last year. It’s caused quite a stir on Trip Advisor, with most clients singing it’s praises as a welcome addition to the Soller restaurant scene.
It’s found on the Gran Via road, just around the corner from the town square. It’s unassuming entrance opens up into a tastefully traditional & elegant dining room, which features a beautiful stairway decorated with original floral tiles. Very pretty. To the rear you’ll find a sunny & private courtyard terrace that is filled with parasols and palm trees. Jazzy lounge music plays discretely in the background.
We went for lunch where they offer a well priced ‘Menu del Dia’ (€14 for three courses, including a drink). There are two or three choices available for each course, featuring Majorcan cuisine. On the menu for us was a ‘huevos with butifaron’ dish (Spanish equivalent to scrambled eggs & sausage) or asparagus risotto to start with, followed by pork loin or cuttlefish or fried fish for the mains.
As we sat relaxing at a table in the courtyard enjoying the sun on our faces, our waiter (in de rigeur black) brought us some bread, olive oil & a salt/pepper mix. It all felt very refined but not at all stuffy and no one seemed to mind our less-than-smart shorts & T-shirt attire.
The ‘huevos’ when they arrived turned out to be very similar to an English breakfast. Scrambled eggs, butifaron sausage, fried potatoes and piemonte de pedrons (little fried green peppers, some of which have a chilli-kick to them!). Nicely done it was too. The next course of pork loin with creamy green peppercorn sauce was served with a timbale of rice. With three slices of pork, it was decent sized portion and I was left feeling very satisfied. The pork was tender and juicy, and the sauce pleasant, if not spectacular.
Almost too full for dessert, we managed to slide down some ice cream to finish. One scoop of vanilla and one of almond were served in a dainty glass tumbler with ground biscuit sprinkles to garnish.
The ‘Menu del Dia’ is excellent value for money at lunchtime, and in the evening, a tasting menu of five courses is served. The menu features seasonal produce and changes every Wednesday (so you could probably visit twice during a weeks holiday). The food is simple and well done and of a better quality than some of the main square’s dining options.
We’d like to return in the evening to experience some more adventurous cooking as Can BoQueta’s dinner menus do look to be more interesting than the more standard lunch menu. Even so, Can BoQueta is still leading the way in Soller - let's hope that other restaurateurs in the town follow suit!