Mallorca maintains its seven restaurants with Michelin stars
In the culinary world, there are two Gallic certainties in the month of November; Beaujolais Nouveau arrives and the prestigious Michelin stars are 'dished' out. So let's raise a glass to the seven Mallorcan restaurants which were awarded stars for 2016 – all maintained their stars from 2015 – and in particular Zaranda which was given a second Michelin star!
As you probably know, Michelin awards its stars on the basis of anonymous reviews by full time professional inspectors who are not allowed to reveal their job to anybody! Their opinions are about the food only - its personality, consistency and technique – and not the décor, table settings or service.
Originally intended as a guide for motorists, the tyre company based its award system for dining on a journey by car so a 1 star restaurant was a good place to stop, 2 stars was worth a detour, and 3 merited a special journey!
All worth a stop are these six restaurants with one star in Mallorca, and as you'll see they are spread all around the island and not just in the capital, Palma.
Tomeu Caldentey at Es Moli d'en Bou restaurant in Sa Coma
Marc Fosh at Simply Fosh in Palma
Andreu Genestra at Restaurant Andreu Genestra in Capdepera
Macarena de Castro at Restaurante Jardin in Puerto Alcudia
Joseph Sauerschell at Es Racó des Teix in Deia
Rafael Sanchez at Es Fum near Puerto Portals
Definitely worth a detour or even a couple of nights' stay is the two star Zaranda (photo) in the elegant Hotel Castell Son Claret in Capdella. It's the third location that super chef Fernando P. Arellano has used for his restaurant, which originally started life and obtained its first Michelin Star in Madrid. Arellano moved to Mallorca for a more relaxed lifestyle and had to earn his star all over again, and now with much hard work and dedication he has two!
So, congratulations and well done to all the chefs – all members of Chefs(in) (photo) – keep up the good work!
Oh, I knew I had something to tell everyone, but my memory's terrible these days. Zaranda is Spanish for sieve!