Bri Restaurant

One of the latest additions to the SkyblueMallorca website is Bri Restaurant.

Bri is located in the centre of the Mallorcan capital, Palma, very near to Plaza España.
Owned by Pere and Pep, Bri is a refreshingly different establishment which not only offers a comfortable and contemporary decor, but also an exciting daily menu which invariably includes vegetarian and gluten free options.

The restaurant is not vegetarian per se, there are always fish and meat dishes available too, but resident chef, Pep Socias, loves to create delicious meals using a healthy dose of local vegetable produce.

Bri Restaurant only opens in the evenings from Thursday to Saturday on which days it offers a 5 course tasting menu.
Go along to enjoy their evening tasting menu on a Thursday and you will get unlimited wine and cava for the same price!

More info: Bri Restaurant

Tasca de Blanquerna wins the top prize in TaPalma 2011

Tasca de Blanquerna, one of the Marc Fosh Restaurant Group, has been rewarded with the top prize in TaPalma 2011, Mallorca’s yearly tapas fair & competition.

The “TaPalma de Oro” was awarded to Tasca for the best Tapa “Slow cooked Iberian Pork with almond “Torrija” & soller orange compote” prepared by Head Chef, Carlos Abad. Congratulations to Carlos, Marco and all the team at Tasca.

If you would like to try the winning Tapa, the restaurant will continue to offer this dish for a limited time only.

Launch of Misa Bar

Marc Fosh and Rob Bragagnolo create wonderfully delicious and refreshing cocktails at the Misa Bar, inside Misa Braseria at the Hotel Mision de Sant Miquel in Palma.

They celebrated the launch of the bar with a cocktail party which we went along to and told you about on Facebook!.

The cocktails are made using fresh  ingredients and some super zingy anti oxidant fruit and vegetables!

Menu of the day at Forn de Sant Joan

We highly recommend the menu of the day at Forn de Sant Joan Restaurant in La Lonja.

The menu of the day is available Monday to Sunday at lunchtime from 13.00 to 16.00 and is priced at 15 euros per person (3 dishes including drinks and tax).

Here’s an example of what the menu is like (changes every week and you can choose between three options for each course).

Starters:

Chilled cream of pumpkin soup with vanilla

River crab salad and mango

Cocktail of braised beef cheeks and apricot puree

Main Course:

Wheat vegetable ravioli with pomodoro sauce and basil

Grilled cod, risotto of wheat and kimchee sauce

Tataki of beef with mashed wasabi and sweet soy

Dessert:

Fig tart with meringue ice cream

Pineapple carpaccio with coconut ice cream

Crema catalana

 

Tapas in Palma

There is an exciting new tapas joint now open in Palma. Es Jardinet is located right on the ‘Avenidas’  and serves traditional tapas within a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Specialties include the following tapas: Chistorra Sausage with onion honey; Cochifrito (fried small pieces of suckling pig); Iberian Ham; Sauteed prawns with garlic and bacon; Seafood ‘Frito’; Vegetables in batter; Tumbet (Red peppers, aubergines, potatoes); Fried Camembert; Patatas bravas (spicy potatoes).

For you to try what they have to offer Es Jardinet is currently running a special opening offer for the whole of September whereby you get 30% discount at lunchtime and 50% discount at dinner time. An offer not to be missed!

New: Bens d’Avall Mediterranean Bistro in Palma

One of the best and most well known of Mallorca’s chefs: Benet Vicens, someone SkyBlue Mallorca has been following for a number of years now, and a firm believer in local seasonal produce and sustainable production methods, has just opened a new restaurant in Palma.

Those of you who know or have heard of Benet Vicens, will know that he is the Chef and owner of Bens d’Avall Restaurant, the popular establishment located at a stunningly beautiful venue on the road between Deia and Soller. The food at Bens dAvall is quite simply, sublime. And to add to your enjoyment the restaurant has a very sophisticated wine selection featuring mostly Mallorcan wines to go with the mostly Mallorcan ingredients used in the kitchen.

If you don’t fancy the drive up there, however, you now have the opportunity of savouring a more informal version of Benet’s cuisine in the centre of Palma. The team has opened the Bens dAvall Mediterranean Bistro inside the stylish Club de Mar in Palma, with views of the boats and the bay of Palma. Look out for more information about this new venue coming soon on SkyBlue Mallorca.

Happy Birthday Arume!

We are delighted to be able to wish Arume Restaurant in Palma a very Happy Birthday!

The restaurant is celebrating its 5th anniversary this month. We all know times have been difficult recently so it is great to see restaurants celebrating 5 years of successful business like this one.

Arume is an Asian themed restaurant, including sushi bar and signature cuisine by well known Chef Tomeu Marti. Tomeu likes to combine Asian and Mediterranean influences to create fusion style cuisine and incorporating the finest Japanese techniques using fresh fish. One of his specialties is the ‘Arume Sushi’, an elaborate dish prepared with 9 different varieties of fish.

To celebrate its fifth anniversary Arume has launched a new menu featuring miniature versions of his cuisine. The menu is called Sensations.

New Tapitas Menu at L’Arruzz

L’Arruzz Restaurant (previously known as Tapelia) in Palma de Mallorca is now offering a brand new TAPITAS menu in the evenings.

You get to create your very own Tapas menu by choosing from a variety of tapas dishes and desserts; 4 tapas and 1 dessert for just €16.50.

A great option for those balmy summer evenings when you would rather have something light to eat, plus, L’Arruzz has a great terrace right in front of the sea, so benefits from a beautiful sea breeze – all within walking distance from the centre of Palma.

Mojitos at Misa

Misa Braseria and Bar has fast become well known as being the third restaurant opened by the Marc Fosh Restaurants Group. Located inside the Mision de Sant Miquel Hotel, right in the centre of Palma, it offers a ‘brasserie’ style cuisine.

The Restaurant also has its own bar, the Misa Bar, which has a fantastic cocktails and drinks menu, as well as a snack menu, perfect for light lunches or afternoon snacks.

On Thursday the 14th of July, Misa bar will be welcoming the weekend in early with a special ‘Mojitos’ event. Enjoy the original new Mojito variations on offer at Misa (€5 each) and try the new complementary canapes. See you on the Misa terrace!

New wine bar in town! La Baranda

We have recently been to see our friend Stefano at La Baranda Restaurant in Sant Catalina (Calle Sant Magi).

The restaurant now has its very own, brand new wine bar, in the atmospheric basement which has been completely rennovated. The bar serves a large selection of wines and cocktails as well as a variety of miniature cuisine, mainly La Baranda dishes served in mini portions.

The wine bar at La Baranda allows for customers to come in for a drink and snack, stay for a full meal or just come in for a night cap!

This restaurant which was founded in 1994 by Bruno Farnochhia and his son Stefano, continues to delight customers on Sant Magi street in Santa Catalina with its Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.

Digui Restaurant – Innovative Tapas

Digui Restaurant in Palma, is one of the latest restaurant to be added to SkyBlueMallorca.com.

This restaurant, located on Avenida Comte Sellant, in the centre of Palma, also likes to call itself a ‘Tapas Workshop’ or ‘Taller de Tapas’.

The Tapas created here is unique and innovative. One of Digui’s tapas dishes, the ‘Empanada de frito mallorquin’ recently won Best Tapas in the first edition of the ‘Tapeo in Palma’ contest held in Palma in June 2011.

Attractive restaurant and very attractive prices!

Fast & Healthy Lunches at Fresh Food Factory

Next time you find yourself in Palma at lunchtime, in between shopping sprees or business meetings, make sure you drop in to Fresh Food Factory for a fast and healthy lunch.

Fresh Food Factory is the latest brainchild of the team behind Duke Restaurant in Santa Catalina; Ronny, Juanjo and Mariella.

Like Duke, all the food here is fresh and sourced as locally as possible. Also like Duke, the atmosphere is modern yet comfortable and also slightly alternative: Fresh Food Factory (FFF) upholds a strict biodegradable and environmentally friendly way of work. So, unlike any other fast food joint, your food is served on fully biodegradable plates and environmentally friendly cutlery is used.

The food is simple but fun: Wraps and salads, incoporating meats and chicken cooked in front of you on the grill. Simple, delicious and healthy.

Huevos estrellados by Ivan Gonzalez Medina at Es Mercat

Casa Lucio Style Eggs

One of the newest restaurants to be profiled by SkyBlue Mallorca is Es Mercat in Santa Catalina, in Palma. Es Mercat offers market cuisine using fresh seasonal produce sourced at the local Santa Catalina market, and the menu changes according to what produce in season. But there is one dish which is always on the menu…

Huevos estrellados.

The Chef, the talented Ivan Gonzalez Medina worked at one of Madrid’s best known restaurants, Casa Lucio, for over two years. One of Casa Lucio’s star dishes is Huevos Estrellados, which is literally eggs fried and mixed with fresh chips.

When Ivan opened his own restaurant here in Mallorca, in the popular and trendy neighborhood of Santa Catalina, he decided to serve his own version of the dish, ‘huevos estrellados Casa Lucio’. Look for it on the menu as the ‘Classic Egg dish, Casa Lucio style’.

He serves it as is, or with added ingredients of sobrassada or foie, and they are all quite simply, delicious!

Vietnamese cuisine in Mallorca

Not many people know that you can enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in Mallorca, but those who do, go to Viet nam Cafe in Plaza Progreso, just above the popular area of Santa Catalina.

Vietnamese cuisine is extremely low in fat, but also very tasty, and Antonio, the owner of this restaurant, fell in love with it after a trip to Vietnam in 2004.

At Vietnam cafe the Chefs are Vietnamese, as are alot of the key ingredients. But the rest of the products are fresh and seasonal.

There is a great value menu of the day for 14 euros, and the restaurant can cater for company lunches or special ocassions, when booked in advance.

Wine Matching Dinner at Es Balco Restaurant

Recently we told you all about the new Es Balco Restaurant in Palma.

Now we have a great excuse for you to visit this restaurant: a Wine Matching dinner

As you know, Es Balco is run by two talented professionals who used to work with the late Joan Olives, the legendary Chef and personality who ran Malvasia restaurant in Palma.

On this ocassion Toni and Begoña have teamed up with sommelier Daniel Arias from Catavinos to offer you a special wine matching dinner.

As ever, full details, prices and menu are up on our main site, SkyBlue Mallorca.

Coming soon… Misa Brasserie

February will see the opening of a brand new restaurant in Majorca.

Marc Fosh and his team opens Misa Braseria and Bar.

”We are pleased to announce the opening of our new restaurant in February. MISA will be a Mediterranean Brasserie with a Modern-Rustic feel. It will feature a Relaxed & vibrant cuisine and offer the city of Palma something totally new, taking informal dining to new heights with Marc Fosh’s renowned cooking set in contemporary, stylish surroundings.”

New: Es Balco Restaurant

The latest restaurant we have added to the SkyBlue Mallorca Food & Wine Guide is Es Balco Restaurant in Palma de Mallorca.

Es Balco is run by Toni Bartel and Begoña Arguimbau, who worked together previously at the well known Malvasia Restaurant which was owned and run by Joan Olives; a renowned and respected personality within the food & wine industry here in Mallorca.

Joan Olives has now unfortunately passed away and his restaurant Malvasia duly closed. But he haa a profound influence on many people including Toni and Begoña, and they owe a lot of their recipes and cooking style to Joan.

Es Balco (which means balcony in Catalán) serves the traditional Balearic cuisine which Joan used to create so artfully at Malvasia.

Wasabi Franchises

Wasabi, the popular chain of Japanese restaurants (‘made in Mallorca’) are now offering a franchise option.

This is a great business opportunity for anyone interested in the restaurant industry.

Wasabi have been operating since 2004 and are now running four wasabi restaurants in Mallorca (including a take away shop).

The franchise is available across Spain and has already seen a Wasabi Restaurant open in Alicante.

More information: Wasabi Franchises

Wagyu Beef at Bruselas Restaurant

If  you are passionate about eating beef then you may already have heard of Wagyu beef. If not, then you only have to visit Bruselas Restaurant in the centre of Palma to be able to try some of the healthiest and best quality beef in the world.

Wagyu is a special breed of cattle that lives in the secluded countryside of Japan and is now being bred at selected farms where the cattle lives in clean natural surroundings, sleeps on biodegradable bedding and listens to music while it grazes open pastures.

The Wagyu has a naturally marbled meat and is high in healthy fatty acids, which means that not only does it taste fantastic, but it is also very healthy.

You can savour wagyu beef at Bruselas Restaurant in Palma, one of the most popular restaurants in the city when it comes to meat dishes.

Wasabi Restaurants, Mallorca

Wasabi Restaurants is a group of high quality Japanese restaurants based in Palma de Mallorca.

There are four Wasabi Restaurants in Mallorca, the main Wasabi on Calle Sant Magi in the popular area of Santa Catalina, Wasabi Blue, next to the beach in Ciudad Jardin, Un by Wasabi, a fast sushi bar in La Lonja and the newest addition, Wasabi Express, a full Home Delivery, Take Away and Catering Service on Calle Caro in Palma.

Wasabi was one of the first Japanese restaurants to open in Mallorca and has since grown from strength to strength. What makes it unique is the outstanding quality of all the products used in its dishes combined with an excellent service.

Each Wasabi restaurant offers something different and unique atmosphere. Wasabi Express enables you to order all your favourite Wasabi dishes online and have them delivered to your door.

Menus of the Day at Tasca de Blanquerna

Every week, the Tasca de Blanquerna restaurant in Calle Blanquerna, Palma prepares a fresh seasonal menu at a very competitive price.

Enjoy the best in Spanish regional cuisine for 14 euros plus Iva (3 course menu including dessert).

This week the Tasca is serving up the following delicious menu:

“Coca” with black pudding, Burgos cheese & sun dried tomatoes OR
“Broken eggs” with fried potatoes & local wild mushrooms
Local “Llampuga” fish with a light watercress salad, almonds & red onions OR
Mallorcan lamb Cutlets with  ”frito Mallorquín”
Saffron poached pears in a pistachio crust with white chocolate “cremoso” OR
Homemade persimmon sorbet with fresh plums

TaPalma 2010 – Popular Annual Tapas Festival


On the 7th of October 2010 the 2010 edition of TaPalma 2010 begins. Palma’s popular Tapas festival will this year last until the 11th of October and is separated into five ‘Tapas routes’ across the city.

This is Palma’s most dynamic food festival and allows visitors to walk through the city stopping at participating restaurants to try tapas dishes at very affordable prices.

We recommend trying each route on different days, so you can really experience the atmosphere and get to try a great variety of tapas.

You can see a list of patircipating restaurants on SkyBlue Mallorca. TaPalma 2010.

Look out for videos and updates on the tapas available soon!

Es Porxo Eatery – Open for business

Es Porxo Eatery in Palma had been closed during August, but is now open again for business.

Es Porxo used to be a guest house and has now been converted into a cosy eatery. The cuisine is typical Mallorcan and International.

There are 43 off set lithographs of Picasso on display at Es Porxo; preparatory sketches that the artist made for his famous work of art ‘Guernica’. An exclusive collection which will attract many visits.

Open every day for lunch from 13.00 to 16.00
Dinner only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 20.00 to 23.00

Essencia Restaurant


Essencia Restaurant in Santa Catalina is a new small, but cosy restaurant which is offering clients a few surprises.

The Chef, Claudio Vargas likes to combine flavours from lots of different cultures and cuisines and the result is a cuisine which is full of flavour and character and which never fails to surprise.

Essencia allows young artists to exhibit their work on its walls and the cuisine varies according to the type of art they are exhibiting at the time.

All of this is complemented by cocktails made with flair by the bar man Hector Riquelme. Try the Pamjy cocktail, which is a refreshing mixture of Pisco, Malibu, sweet and sour lemon and mango foam.

Santa Catalina Restaurants


If you live in Palma de Mallorca, or indeed have ever visited, you will no doubt now about the area of Santa Catalina.

Santa Catalina is one of the oldest areas of the city and, although it has been renovated over the years, still maintains its old age charm.

It is now one of the trendiest areas of the city, attracting young cosmopolitan crowds who love to sit on its cafe terraces and frequent the wide variety of restaurants it has to offer.

SkyBlue Mallorca features a long list of Santa Catalina Restaurants which offer everything from authentic Italian to Vietnamese food.