If you've never celebrated New Year in Spain you might find it slightly different to what you're used to
If you've never celebrated New Year in Spain you might find it slightly different to what you're used to. What normally happens is that on New Year's Eve families and friends get together in
their finery – think cocktail dresses, jackets and ties – and have a fabulous dinner either at home or in a restaurant which has pulled out all the stops to provide a special menu.
As the clock strikes midnight everyone eats a grape on each chime of the bell and raises a toast with Cava after which the night really starts as people pour out to bars, clubs and special events
to dance the night away and then gather at dawn to eat freshly fried churros (pastries) and drink thick, hot chocolate.
Up in the north of Mallorca, lucky people living near Alcudia have another alternative this year courtesy of a Michelin starred chef! Macarena de Castro of the
Restaurant Jardin and her catering team are offering a 'take away' New Year's Eve dinner for only €35 which comes with all the
instructions on how to plate it up.
Its five courses sound absolutely delicious;
Grilled Octopus with broken potatoes and olive mayo
Roast turbot with fennel vegetables
Iberico pork with boulangere potatoes and snow peas
Saffron apples with vanilla and toffee
Mmmmm, sounds mouth-watering doesn't it, and what a chance to sample the food of one of Mallorca's best chefs at an extremely reasonable price! FYI Macarena de Castro has plied her trade all over
the world and studied under some of its finest chefs at restaurants like Mugaritz, Arzak and El Bulli and still takes time off in the Mallorcan winter to learn even more about exotic cuisine in the
top restaurants of Thailand and the like.
What a shame that the deadline for ordering this meal has passed, but don't worry, the Jardin's catering department work all year, and the restaurant reopens on 4th April next year, 2014.