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Food and Drink in Mallorca

Restaurants and other food outlets in Mallorca are very much geared to northern European tastes and international cuisine. If you don’t like taking risks with food and like what you know, you will easily find enough to eat in Mallorca. In the tourist resorts, you actually have to work quite hard to find authentic Mallorcan food.

There is a wide variety of restaurants in Mallorca: Italian, Chinese, Indian, Thai… even a Japanese buffet in Puerto Alcúdia. And this is not to mention all the British places, German places (for the German tourists, who are the other main group) and American-style places.

If you are interested in trying some Mallorcan specialities, you’ll find more authentic food in the less touristy areas inland. Remember that the locals eat later than we do, particularly in the evening, so if you want to blend in, don’t have your dinner before 9 pm. (Personally, I find this gives me indigestion and bad dreams, so if I’m going out for a meal in Mallorca I tend to do lunch.)

Supermarkets in Mallorca

The supermarkets sell mainly Mallorcan, Spanish, British and German produce – as well as pasta and pizza, which everybody seems to like.

In the section marked Productos Británicos at Eroski, you can find cereals, English tea bags and other staples of the British kitchen.

Mallorcan produce, including sausages and cheeses, can be found in the section marked Sa Nostra Terra. Do try the Queso Mallorquín (Mallorcan cheese). The Queso Maó, made in the capital of Menorca, is good too. Most supermarkets bake every day, so you can get nice, fresh bread to go with your cheese.

Supermarket wine is astonishingly cheap. Eroski’s own brand, which comes in a tetrapak, is really not bad and it costs less than a euro.

Traditional Mallorcan food

Once you get off the beaten track, you’ll be able to sample some real Mallorcan food. Since Mallorca is a small island with fertile ground and indigenous black pigs, Mallorcan cuisine tends to be based around pork, seafood, vegetables and large amounts of olive oil.

Some specialities to look out for are:

Pa amb oli is a staple of Mallorcan culture (see the book by Tomás Graves below). It literally means bread and oil, though it usually involves some tomato as well, and it’s served pretty well everywhere you go.

Sobrasada is a Mallorcan pork salami-style sausage, with added red chilli pepper.

Tumbet is layers of potato fried with aubergine, tomatoes, peppers and garlic.

Arroz brut literally means dirty rice and is the Mallorcan paella, generally cooked with pork and/or chicken, with vegetables.

Ensaimada, a sweet, rolled pastry, is another famous Mallorcan speciality. You can find this easily in the supermarket and it makes a nice breakfast.

The mayonnaise (mayonesa) is particularly good in the Balearics. The name is said to derive from Maó, the capital of Menorca.

Mallorcan wine

A lot of the wine drunk in Mallorca is imported from mainland Spain but Mallorca also has its own, growing, wine industry. The best-known vineyards are in Binissalem, between Palma and Inca.

Other drinks in Mallorca

Another Mallorcan speciality is Hierbas, a liqueur made from herbs.

In terms of soft drinks, the fresh orange juice (zumo de naranja) in Sóller is delicious. Something else worth trying is horchata, almond milk, which is available in most bars.

As covered on the General Info page, it’s probably best to drink bottled water. Although the tap water won’t kill you, it doesn’t always taste very nice. Look or ask for agua sin gas (still water) or agua con gas (fizzy water).

Coffee and tea in Mallorca

Spanish coffee is generally excellent, I find. As in Italy, it is taken quite seriously and you should have no trouble getting yourself a strong café sólo (a small shot, like espresso) or a satisfying cup of café con leche (coffee with milk).

If you’re British, it’s hard to find another nation that understands tea. You can buy English teabags at the supermarket but the water is different and the milk is different and, on the whole, I would suggest you drink coffee in Mallorca.

Mallorcan culture and recipe books

I would recommend these two books, to give you an idea in advance of what Mallorcan food and drink are like and also to allow you to make some of the food yourself, either while you are out there or after you come home.

 

Bread and Oil: Majorcan Culture's Last Stand
by Tomás Graves

An inspiring insight into Mallorcan culture, including some wonderful recipes, from Robert Graves’s son, who grew up in Deià.

Click here to buy this now from Amazon.

 

The Taste of a Place: Mallorca
by Vicky Bennison

A culinary guide to Mallorca, covering recipes, ingredients, shops and restaurants and including interesting information about Mallorcan wine.

Click here to buy this now from Amazon.

   
 
 
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