Port de Sóller is not only a charming coastal village with the most beautiful surroundings, to our delight we also discovered that it has an array of great restaurants that made our time in this part of Mallorca even more enjoyable. There were five restaurants in particular that we recommend, most of which come with scenic coastline views as an added bonus.
Sa Figuera is set within the vast grounds of Hotel Es Port which natural landscape includes orange, olive & even pomegranate trees. The restaurant makes the most of the grounds by growing produce in their own orchard. The beautiful venue is a little bit hidden away from the hustle & bustle of the busy promenade of Port de Sóller, offering its dinner guests a peaceful & relaxed atmosphere.
The restaurant serves a selection of international dishes with Mallorcan accent, created by In-house chef Xisco Arbona and his team. We very much enjoyed the Sóller prawns with baby lettuce, garlic and parsley emulsion as well as the lamb shoulder with basil, pine nut, fine herbs ‘veloute’, honey and rosemary dressing. Most impressive was the little surprise gluten-free Birthday cake that the kitchen whipped up in no time at the end of the meal that was meant for a friend who couldn’t join us last minute that evening. We are used to restaurants in London serving gluten-free bread as a side nowadays but to manage to come up with a gluten-free cake when we only mentioned my husband’s dietary requirements upon arrival was incredible – great service, much appreciated!
Kingfisher nicely reflects its marine environment with a menu that strongly focuses on fresh seafood. This quaint little restaurant overlooks the port that is filled with yachts and fishing boats that come and go throughout the day. The staff made us feel welcome from the very start, swiftly serving our aperitifs, a G&T for my husband and an apple martini for myself.
This restaurant has been recommended to us a few times and did not disappoint at all. For starters, we both chose the Grilled Octopus which was nicely presented and cooked perfectly. Rather than ordering my mains by reading the menu, I was intrigued by a plate of delicious looking seafood that passed our table – Fish Soup Mediterranean Style (image above) as the waiter informed me, was a great choice while my husband chose the fish of the day, another fantastic dish. To round up a nice meal we finished with a traditional Almond Cake with caramel sauce and fresh whipped cream – Mallorca is famous for its abundance of almond trees that are a beautiful sight when in full bloom during the winter season, something I would like to see one day!
Creative dishes are at the heart of Es Passeig which are led by a German husband and wife team, Marcel & Yvonne Battenburg. While Yvonne is in charge of the service of the restaurant, Marcel, who has worked in restaurants all over Europe including a three Michelin star restaurant, brings his experience into the kitchen where he combines Mediterranean with other flavours from around the world like Asia. The outdoor seating is in-midst the lively pedestrian area at the Playa Repic with views of the horseshoe-shaped bay.
A popular choice to start with are their tapas which are served in a fun way on large wooden sticks. However, we ordered the roasted veal rolls to start with accompanied with chilled white wine, followed by 72 hours sous-vide-cooked beef rib with parsley potato puree and smoked celeriac which was nicely presented on a dark rectangular plate.
Sabarca is another great restaurant in Port de Soller that is led by a husband and wife team from Germany – chefs Andrea Müller and Jürgen Lichtenauer. The food, service and atmosphere at this port facing venue are fabulous as is the interior design with large wooden tables, wicker chairs, stone floors & torches that are lit at night.
We had a table on their outdoor sunset terrace that is covered with large parasols that protected us for a while from the rain that evening. Our meal started with a complimentary amuse bouche before we continued with perfectly cooked pan-fried scallops that were served with pea puree. For mains my husband opted for the rack of lamb with herb crust and instead of the vegetable lasagne that would have come as a side, he ordered roasted potatoes instead as a gluten-free option which worked nicely with the dish while I had the homemade pumpkin gnocchi with rocket and gorgonzola which was a nice flavour combination. We would have loved to order a dessert as well but eventually succumbed to the rain that was much needed as they had a very hot summer with little rain.
We stumbled upon Agapanto on one of our walks along the scenic harbour, while we tend to research restaurants before we visit, we liked the sound of the menu of the day displayed outside which made us decide to walk right in past the Buddha statue that decorated the entrance to see whether they have availability for two hungry lunch guests.
The restaurant has stunning views of the natural harbour and surrounding mountain range from its terrace where we were seated below one of the bright yellow parasols. It was only then that we noticed that the menu stated that it is only available in the evenings, gladly they did not seem to care at all and happily served it as a lunch menu which started with a duo of king prawns with avocado cream, continued with grilled fish of the day with a warm wheat salad and finished with a classic creme brulee with autumn ice cream – we enjoyed all dishes while admiring the fantastic views of the bay!
Port de Sóller has many more restaurants that we would like to discover in the future and while we had fantastic times in all of the restaurants mentioned above my favourites were Kingfisher as I just love seafood, Sabaca and Sa Figuera for its lovely setting!
If you have been to this part of Mallorca, I would love to hear about your recommendations that you can leave in the comment section below.