The literal meaning of Sóller is golden valley. With its beautiful orchards, proud mansions, secluded gardens, and picturesque alleys Sóller surely is the heart of the Tramuntana. The starting point of many exciting hiking and cycling tours and the terminus of the historic train from Palma. In a quiet tree-lined street, a few steps away from the main plaza, Kiko Martorell runs his restaurant Ca’n Boqueta.
Its sunny terrace is surrounded by steep mountaintops. Sitting there after an extended hike already was a real treat. As was the lunch menu that we indulged in. We started with a watermelon gazpacho. Directly poured on the plate, it was a colorful explosion for the eyes as well as for the tastebuds. The Albacore, a longfin tuna, came with a delicious trampo, the typical Mallorcan salad of tomato, onion and green peppers. And the passion fruit cake perfectly rounded off our meal.
Being a cook is a great passion but Kiko Martorell’s first love was music. He played the drums in a band called Barram, together with Santi Taura and other friends from his hometown Inca. The hardcore band even recorded an album. For ten years now, Kiko Martorell has been spoiling his guests at Ca’n Boqueta with contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. Often reinterpreting traditional Mallorcan dishes and creatively using whatever season and island have to offer. And that’s almost everything a creative chef can think of.