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Mallorca country restaurants: Sineu

Restaurant Molí d'en Pau

What a find this place is! For many tourists the little town of Sineu with commanding views over the flat plain of central Mallorca and far from the crowds of the island's seaside resorts, is just a little bit too far off the beaten track. It's an interesting little place with a big Wednesday market (since 1306) presided over by the church, whose plaza has some charming old 'celler' restaurants.

Just on the outskirts of town, on the Carretera Santa Margarida, you'll find a superb restaurant in an old mill dating back to 1870. Still much as it was all those years ago, it became the restaurant in 1992 with not much more than the name changing from Moli d'en Guillemet to Moli d'en Pau. (moli means mill)

It just oozes atmosphere from its dry stone walls, tall mill tower, rustic gardens, and its cosy nooks and crannies forming intimate dining spaces inside. Perhaps its most astonishing feature is its incredible circular wine cellar holding hundreds of bottles of wine which I assume is what was the base of the mill tower where the machinery and grinding stones were housed.

Obviously the surroundings, as attractive as they are, are only a part of the whole shebang, so let's have a look at the food. Oh my goodness, doesn't it look fantastic and obviously cooked and served with love and dedication! Moli d'en Pau specialises in Mallorcan and Mediterranean dishes with fresh products sourced from the island wherever possible.

I've picked out just a few dishes from the menu as little tempters and examples of what you can treat yourselves to; Mallorcan lamb frito, seafood frito, bacalao des Moli, Mallorcan mussels in marinara sauce, Mallorcan black pork foie gras, baby lamb chops with garlic and a whole range of paellas and fideuas.

It's a tremendously popular restaurant with local folk who know their food and like many other such places on the island, you'll see a procession of natives armed with paella dishes making their way there on a Monday. Why, because they've all had a takeaway on Sunday and are returning the pans!

You can order a takeaway paella, fideua or most other dish for a very reasonable price and take it back to your country villa and add the wine of your choice. How good is that?

Fancy going? Best to make a reservation, which you can do online on the Molí d'en Pau website or for some more atmospheric photos check out their Facebook Page.