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Prime Palma lunchtime spots in 2018

The perfect "Menú del Día" in Mallorca's gastronomic capital

Jose Rains | Mallorca Reporter | Published: 4 May 2018

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Prime Palma lunchtime spots in 2018

The legendary "menú del día" (a weekly changing 3-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 1960's, as a way to attract tourist to the country 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

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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 ‘Creamy saffron rice with cauliflower and local truffles’, a main of ‘Roasted corvina fish with quinoa, parsnip parmentier & pickled fennel’ and for dessert ‘Poppy seed sponge with orange, raspberry & homemade vanilla ice cream’.

Price: 3 courses for 29,50€ or 5 courses for 39,50€ every day between 13.00 and 15.00. 

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Adrián Quetglas
If you are after a 5 course feast at lunchtime, then Adrian Quetglas’s Michelin Star 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: ‘Marinated herring with pickled apples, horseradish and beetroot’, followed by ‘Pea cream with poached egg and iced ham “sawdust”,’ then ‘Atlantic trout lacquered with roasted tomatoes consommé, Nero venere rice and mature Mahones cheese air’, after which you might receive something like ‘Veal with green asparagus muslin, mushrooms and passion fruit oil’ and to finish ‘Crumble of wild fruits with white chocolate and hibiscus’ all for a mere 33€. There is the chance to do a 5 course wine pairing for an additional 25€, very tempting for wine lovers. 

Price: 5 courses for 33€ with the option of a wine pairing for 25€ supplement, every day between 13.00 and 15.00. 

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Tomeu Restaurant Amb Arrels
With a culinary team led by Michelin Star chef Tomeu Caldentey, you can expect a superlative experience at Tomeu Restaurant Amb Arrels. Not officially a Michelin star restaurant, although we think it could be in the running for one this year, each dish is inspired by traditional Mallorcan cooking and the fresh ingredients, means the menu changes seasonally. You can expect an aperitif of ‘Olive oil flavoured bread with caramelized sobrassada’, followed by dishes like ‘Sauteed artichokes and black sausage with celery-turnip cream’ as a starter, a ‘Beef shank with potato parmentier and sautéed beans’ for main and ‘Gato with ensaimada ice cream and English cream’ for pudding. This restaurant is a must try if you are wandering the streets of Palma’s old town and can be found within the charming Sant Jaume Boutique Hotel. It also boasts an exceptional bar, perfect for a post-lunch tipple.

Price: 4 courses for 28,50€ every day between 13.00 and 15.30, there’s also the option of a wine pairing for an additional supplement. 

Local favourites

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Claxon Cruce de Cocinas Restaurant
A favourite amongst the Spanish, the trendy Claxon Cruce de Cocinas restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine with an international touch. Its homely, vintage décor makes it feel comfortable yet quirky. The mouth-watering Menú del Día would look something like this: to start ‘Carpaccio of tomato, with cucumber, goat cheese and black sesame, honey vinaigrette, lemon and mint’, then for main course ‘Roasted pork rib with hoisin sauce, coleslaw and pineapple chutney’ followed by a ‘Coconut Panna cotta with red fruit coulis’ for dessert. The service is as personal as it gets with the owners clearly taking pride in their establishment. 

Price: 3 courses, including 1 drink, for 15 € (Monday - Thursday).

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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 20 years. The restaurant itself resembles a minimalist art gallery and the modern Mediterranean food imitates this theme, due to its artistic flare.  A sample menu looks something like this: ‘Tomato mousse with mozzarella and pesto’ to start, followed by ‘John Dory fillet with artichoke risotto’ and ‘Almond cake’ to finish. Frequented by Spanish and expats alike, probably because it's great value for money, 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.

Price: 3 courses, including 1 drink, for 14,50€ (Monday - Saturday).

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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 ‘Salad with caramelized watermelon and prawns with almonds’ to kick things off, ‘Sea bass with green beans and seafood sauce’ as a main, and ‘pineapple with lime granita and rosemary’ for the finale. It is one of three restaurants included in Forn Projects, which also include the highly reputable Koa Bar and Ombu Restaurant.

Price: 3 courses, including water, for 18.50 € (Monday - Saturday) and 23,50€ (Food only - Sunday and bank holidays).

Lunch with a view

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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 whilst 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 ‘Cream of pumpkin and apple' as a starter, followed by ‘Cod au Gratin with ali-oli and baking potato’ before hitting your sweet spot with something like ‘A cup of strawberry cheesecake’.  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!

Price: 3 courses, including 1 drink for 15€ (Monday - Friday).

More inspiration...

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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