Word has spread that you can dine excellently on Mallorca. From traditional cuisine to Mediterranean fusion to fine dining there is a bite for everyone. An exponent of traditional cuisine at a high level has long reached for the culinary stars in the Mallorcan sky. This time, Santi Taura has received the coveted Michelin star for his restaurant DINS in Palma. And with Kiko Martorell one of his friends was awarded the Bib Gourmand for Ca’n Boqueta in Sóller.
Santi and Kiko are united by their love of music and gastronomy. And with their contemporary island cuisine they are among the rock stars of the gastro scene on Mallorca. That traditional paths don’t have to be beaten tracks is also proven by Benet Vicens from Béns d’Avall. The restaurant on the cliffs of the Tramuntana between Deià and Sóller not only offers a breathtaking view but also an excellent Mediterranean cuisine. For the first time, it has been crowned with a star this year.
Maca de Castro is one of the star chefs who once again secured the trophy for her restaurant in Port d’Alcúdia. Even though it had been closed all year because of the pandemic. In exchange, visitors to Maca’s new restaurant Andana in Palma now meet her regularly in the open kitchen.
Also, Adrián Quetglas’ and Andreu Genestra’s Michelin stars will continue to illuminate their creative cuisines. In addition, Andreu received the only Green Star on Mallorca. With this new category Michelin aims to reward the best approaches towards a more sustainable gastronomy.
A fixed star in the Balearic sky for many years has been Marc Fosh. The British chef contributed to the development of contemporary Mallorcan cuisine like no other. In his own restaurants, and because numerous renowned chefs have worked with him.
There are nine restaurants on Mallorca altogether that have been awarded the prestigious Michelin star for 2021. The French restaurant guide also awards the Bib Gourmand. Bib is not only the name of the popular Michelin Man. It also stands for local food and value for money in a more relaxed atmosphere. This year, Marga Coll’s restaurant Miceli in Selva and Kiko Martorell’s Ca’n Boqueta are the only ones on the island with a Bib Gourmand.
Of course, there are more fantastic chefs coming from starred restaurants who have opened their own restaurants on Mallorca. Plus other famous awards, such as the suns of the Spanish Guía Repsol. And there are the rising stars. Discovering them is often just as exciting as dining at a Michelin star restaurant.
Pictures by Marc Fosh (1, 8), DINS Santi Taura (2), Ca’n Boqueta (3), Bens d’Avall (5), Andreu Genestra (6, 7), Maca de Castro (10), Adrián Quetglas (11), and Martí Blau (4, 9, 12, 13).