The sunny Balearic island of Mallorca has retained an impressive ten Michelin Stars across nine sensational restaurants at the ninth annual Michelin Star Awards. The results of the ceremony held recently in Tenerife, makes this Balearic island a veritable foodie destination.
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Mallorca’s Michelin Starred restaurants
1Marc Fosh – 1 Michelin star
Marc Fosh’s “Simply Fosh” restaurant located in Palma in a 17th century mansion. Spain’s much loved celebrity chef serves traditional Spanish cuisine with a modern twist. The restaurant was awarded for its emphasis on seasonal ingredients and “clean flavours”.
2Adrián Quetglas – 1 Michelin star
Restaurant Adrian Quetglas, also located in Palma named after the creator and head chef himself, has retained its star in the awards for 2018 with its outstanding menu offering a combination of natural products, traditional flavours, and avant-garde techniques.
3Argos – 1 Michelin star
The Argos restauant in Port de Pollença describes itself as “free cuisine” – traditionally prepared dishes using seasonal and local product whilst tapping into creative gastronomy. Head Chef Andalucian Álvaro Salazar won San Pellegrino Young Chef’s award in 2016 and is a finalist for Best Chef of 2018.
4Andreu Genestra – 1 Michelin star
Located within the Predi de Son Jaumell – a traditional Mallorcan Finca converted into luxury hotel – the restaurant Andreu Genestra, named after the head chef, is located in Capdepera and works on the “gastronomy equals performance” basis. Genestra goes to great lengths to make the cuisine innovative yet traditional, often picking products from his own garden.
5Es Molí d’En Bou – 1 Michelin star
Slightly south of Capdepera, Es Molí d’En Bou in Sa Coma boasts a “unique sensory journey” showcasing new techniques showcasing mallorcan and Catalonian cuisine rooted in the island’s culinary traditions. Led by Tomey Caldentey, this is the 15th consecutive year that the restaurant has been awarded a Michelin Star.
6Es Racó d’es Teix – 1 Michelin star
Es Racó d’Es Teix housed in a delightful stone-built building in Deiá combines the best ingredients with the highest culinary art. Complemented with stunning views of the mountains alongside elegant cooking from Chef Josef Sauerschell, this is a true gastro gem.
7Es Fum – 1 Michelin star
Palmanova restaurant Es Fum – located in the prestigious luxury hotel resort of St Regis Mardavall – is often described as a “culinary pearl”. Head Chef Miguel Navarro started his culinary journey at the tender age of 16, and he offers delicate combinations and an “epicurean experience” at Es Fum. It is located in a gorgeous spot that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.
8Jardín – 1 Michelin star
The food in Jardín in Port d’Alcudia blends the flavours of the sea, fields, mountains and forests of Mallorca and tends to use ingredients “forgotten in our busy modern world”. Siblings Maca and Dani de Castro, share responsibility of Jardín, with Maca being head chef and Dani covering catering. It’s had a Michelin Star since 2012 and retained it once again for 2018.
9Zaranda – 2 Michelin stars
Moving out of Palma towards Es Capdellà, the restaurant Zaranda, located in the luxury hotel Castell de Son Claret in the Tramuntana Mountain range is the only one with 2 stars. It is headed by Fernando P. Arellano who says “Mallorca’s traditional cookbooks and recipes are a source of inspiration” for him. He maintained its two Michelin Stars for impeccable fusion of flavour, aroma and texture.
What else is new for 2018?
Mallorca has also seen new restaurants opening including fine-dining eatery “Vandal’ and the “You Buy We Cook” restaurant in the Mercat de l’Olivar. There was also the launch of the new gastro market – Mercat 1930, in the capital, Palma.
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