From traditional Spanish fare and local seafood dishes to Michelin-starred fine dining and exquisite international offerings, the Balearics’ vibrant foodie scene is not to be missed. Luckily, many of the best restaurants can be found in the main ports and along the coast of the four islands that make up the Balearics, meaning it’s easy to sample their gastronomic delights on a luxury yacht charter in the Mediterranean. Our experts pick out their favourites.
1. Sa Foradada, near Deia, Mallorca
Located on a rocky promontory in the north east of Mallorca, Sa Foradada is as famous for its stunning views as it is its paella. The restaurant can only be accessed by a steep 45-minute hike or, conveniently for luxury yacht-goers, by boat. Just anchor close to the huge rock with a hole in – at 10 meters in diameter you can’t miss it – and make your way up the steps to find this rustic hideaway. Signature dishes of mixed seafood and vegetable paella are cooked over a wood fire, and served up in an open-air terrace overlooking the bay. The menu also features a selection of meat, fish and salads.
2. Café Balear, Cituadella, Menorca
Living by the philosophy ‘from the sea to the table’, Café Balear offers high-quality seafood fresh from the Mediterranean. As the restaurant’s own boat, Rosa Santa Primera, is responsible for the daily catches of fish and shellfish, maximum freshness and quality of produce is guaranteed to reach your plate. And its waterside location in the port of Cituadella means you can go also go straight from the sea to the table! Popular dishes on the menu include the monkfish and lobster casseroles as well as its classic seafood tapas.
3. Karma Sushi, San Antonio, Ibiza
Standing out from the crowd in the heart of San Antonio’s sunset strip is Karma Sushi. Serving the wonderful combination of sushi and cocktails, the bar stays open to 1am and tends to cater for those with a penchant for partying. Small portions that are ideal for sharing help create a sociable dining experience, not to dissimilar to Spain’s tapas bars. Satisfy your appetite with Japanese classics like sashimi, sushi and yakitori chicken skewers whilst indulging in the venue’s signature beverage, the lychee mojito. Seek out Karma Sushi when you anchor your motor yacht in the port of San Antonio.
4. Simply Fosh, Palma, Mallorca
One of Mallorca’s most talked about restaurants, Simply Fosh lies in an unassuming street in the old town of Palma, housed in the ambience of the 17th century Hotel Convent de la Missio. At the helm is British export Marc Fosh, celebrated for his clean tastes and big flavours. His ethos of using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients is reflected in the menu, which serves inspired contemporary Mediterranean dishes. A short taxi ride from the city’s port, Simply Fosh is a must for those on a superyacht charter seeking out a Michellin-starred fine dining experience.
5. Ses Forquilles, Mahon, Menorca
Standing out from the hordes of tapas joints that line the streets of Mahon is the gastro pub Ses Forquilles. What makes this bistro unique is the originality of its vast range of tapas dishes. Order the unusual ‘lollipops’ of meat or choose a few montaditos (small sandwiches). If you fancy a larger meal head upstairs to the homely dining room for a selection of classic Menorcan mains. Whatever you choose, expect high quality ingredients expertly finished. The venue is just a short walk from the port of Manhon.
6. Es Boldado, Cala D’Hort, Ibiza
Set on the coast of Ibiza’s Carla D’Hort with unrivalled views of the magnificent Es Verdrá rock, the secluded Es Boldado offers an enigmatic yet peaceful dining experience. Its position by the sea means seafood features heavily on the menu and one of the highlights is the bullet de plex, a traditional Ibizan fish stew. The arroz a banda, rice cooked in strong and flavoursome stock, is also highly recommended. Those on luxury yacht charters can anchor at the Brut port nearby.
7. Ponderosa Beach, Mallorca
Literally feel the sand between your toes at the Ponderosa Beach restaurant, located on the north east coast of Mallorca, just south of Alcudia. The delicious cocktails and bohemian vibes are sure to send you into holiday mode, and an eco-friendly ethos ensures the food is locally sourced and often organic. During peak season, DJ sets create a party atmosphere at the weekend. Renowned for its first-class customer service, Ponderosa Beach makes the perfect stop for those motor yacht passengers after a vibrant yet low-key eating and drinking experience.
8. Ca na Ribes, Santa Eulalia, Ibiza
Situated in Ibiza’s Santa Eulalia, Ca Na Ribes has been run by the same family since its founding in 1926. Serving typically old-school Spanish cuisine, the menu specialises in fresh fish and seafood, with the sole and prawns in champagne sauce and almond skate its most celebrated dishes. The charming venue features a distinctly Meditteranean red-tiled floor courtyard, where diners sit alongside a running fountain, or there’s an option to watch the world go by on seats out front. Pay this quaint venue a visit when you dock at the port of Santa Eulalia.
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