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Prime Palma lunchtime spots in 2019

The perfect "menú del día" in Mallorca's gourmet capital

Featured in: | Jose Rains, Mallorca Reporter | Published

The legendary "menú del día" (a daily or weekly changing three-course set lunch menu) is a concept the Spanish absolutely love and you’ll find plenty of restaurants will offer it in Mallorca. Started during Franco's time, in the 1960s, as a way to attract tourists by offering a typical Spanish meal at an affordable price, this is one of the true culinary delights of the country.

Keep your eyes peeled, because it's also a great way to experience some of Mallorca’s most exclusive restaurants without the price tag to follow. Why? Well, simply because lunchtime tends to be a quieter time for them so it makes sense to offer a limited menu at attractive prices to increase their lunchtime trade.

We thought we would help you to take advantage of some of the island's best food at delicious prices in Palma, Mallorca’s gastronomic capital. Here are some of our favourite places for menú del día in the city.

Michelin-starred experiences

Marc Fosh Restaurant

Marc Fosh
Marc Fosh is the first British chef to receive a Michelin star in Spain, which makes his restaurant one of the most famous amongst some of the international visitors on the island. Located in a stylish contemporary hotel within a 17th-century building, he has managed to mirror this contrast in his food. Fosh is famous for creating modern Mediterranean cuisine, using fresh, local and seasonal market ingredients which have been carefully combined to create innovative dishes. Expect starters like ‘Potato skins with poached free-range egg, tomato compote & wild garlic veloute’, a main of ‘Slow cooked short rib “48 hours” with creamy beetroot rice, fresh basil pesto and apple jus’ and for dessert ‘Cous cous of dark chocolate, mint ganache, local apricots & mandarin sorbet’.

Three courses for €29.50 or five courses for €39.50 every day between 13:00 and 15:00. 

Adrian Quetglas Restaurant

Adrián Quetglas
If you are after a five-course feast at lunchtime, then Adrian Quetglas’ Michelin-starred restaurant in Palma is the one for you. Adrian, although born in Buenos Aires, is half Mallorquin and, after travelling around and learning from some of the best chefs in the world, came back to Mallorca in 2015 to set up his own project in Palma which has since gained a Michelin star. Expect the menu to look something like this: ‘Gilthead marinated with passion fruit, coconut and green curry’, followed by ‘Roasted tomato cream with cured cheese and smoked black pork’ then ‘Cod with brandada of its foie and veloute of aromatic herbs’, after which you might receive something like ‘Wild chicken with truffled corn muslin, artichokes and apricots’ and, to finish, ‘Strawberry daiquiri with hibiscus and white chocolate’.

Five courses for €33 with the option of a wine pairing for a €25 supplement, every day between 13:00 and 15:00. 

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Local favourites

Forn de Sant Joan

Forn de Sant Joan Restaurant
Situated in Palma’s old town, Forn de Sant Joan has a formal atmosphere where you can expect the immaculate service, delicate presentation and exquisite flavours of top-notch restaurants but at a reasonable price thanks to their fabulous lunchtime menu. A menu could include something along the lines of ‘Mussels in pickled oranges’ to kick things off, ‘Pasta with cured Mahón cheese cream, nuts and mushrooms’ as a main, and ‘Lemon custard with Maria biscuit’ for the finale. It is one of three restaurants included in Forn Projects, which also include the highly reputable Koa Bar and Ombu Restaurant.

Three courses, including water, for €19.50€ (Monday - Saturday between 13:00 and 16:00) and €23.50€ on Sundays and bank holidays (food only).

Fera Palma

Fera Palma Restaurant & Bar
An exceptional experience awaits you at Fera Palma Restaurant & Bar as this gourmet hot spot has taken Palma by storm. Set within a historic palace which was once one of the most prestigious social clubs in the Balearic islands, you are in for a treat thanks to their trendy setting, five-star service and exquisite food. You can expect an aperitif of ‘Ceviche of sea bass’ followed by dishes like ‘Salmon with cream of peas and quinoa’ and ‘Cheesecake with apricot sorbet ’ for pudding. Just a stone's throw away from Avinguda Jaume III, there’s no excuse to miss it on a visit to the city.

Three courses for €22.90, daily between 13:00 and 15:00.

Basic Bar&Restaurante

Basic Bar & Restaurant
Tucked away in a street in close proximity to the bigger El Corte Inglés, Basic Bar & Restaurant is a hidden treasure that came highly recommended by a friend who has lived on the island for over 20 years. The restaurant itself resembles a minimalist art gallery and the modern Mediterranean food imitates this theme thanks to its artistic flare.  A sample menu looks something like this: ‘Baby leafs with Gorgonzola, pears and walnuts’ to start, followed by ‘Grilled squid with creamy vegetable rice’ and ‘Apple strudel with vanilla sauce’ to finish. A no-frills, friendly vibe means it is frequented by Spanish and expats alike. This place is perfect for those who need to replenish after a hard morning of shopping in Palma or those who like to veer away from the touristy restaurants of the city.

Three courses, including a drink, for €14.90€, Monday to Saturday between 13:00 and 16:00.

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Lunch with a view

Restaurante Quadrat

Quadrat Restaurant & Garden
Located within Sant Francesc Hotel Singular, you can escape the hustle and bustle of Palma for a picture-perfect courtyard setting at Quadrat Restaurant & Garden. This is an impeccable spot for an al fresco lunch and their lunchtime menu is equally pleasing on the eye. The mouth-watering 'menú del día' would look something like this: to start ‘Marinated mackerel salad, orange and jam marmalade' then, for the main course, ‘Pork cheek stew, truffled puree and orange’ followed by a ‘Vanilla crème brulée with salted walnut biscuit’. We would especially recommend this place if you are looking for a romantic setting.

Three courses for €24.50, from Monday to Friday between 13:00 and 16:00.

Lunch with a view

Hotel Almudaina

Hotel Almudaina Restaurant
The roof-terraced restaurant of Hotel Almudaina is a hidden gem in Palma. It’s located on Avenida Jaume III which means you are likely to be distracted by all the shops and walk right past it. The best thing about this place is that you can dine al fresco while admiring some of the best views over Palma’s old town, cathedral and port. For their 'menú del día', expect a mixture of international dishes such as ‘Green apple gazpacho' as a starter, followed by ‘Cod confit with black garlic ali oli’ before hitting your sweet spot with something like ‘Pannacotta of tomato and mint’. In the summer months, it's recommended that you book lunch in advance to ensure you get a table out in the sunshine. And be sure to bring your camera!

Three courses, including a drink, for €15, from Monday to Friday between 13:00 and 16:00.

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So there you have it, some of our top picks in Palma. There are usually two or three options to choose from when ordering each course, so you should find something to tickle your taste buds. 'Menús del día' are a great way to try something a bit different, rather than opting for your usual favourites. Enjoy!

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