Restaurants in TOTN
Club Pollença, a true institution, sits proudly at the entrance of the Plaça Major and is open for visitors to sit and people watch over a café con leche or menu del dia. More than just a restaurant-bar, however, Club Pollença plays an important role in the town’s cultural identity.
It all began in the late-19th century, just as private societies began to increase across Spain when an act in 1887 established the right of association and the right to unionize. Here in Pollensa, a very special gentleman named Antonio Cabanellas Ca’n Vich founded the ‘Club Pollença Cyclist’ in 1910. The actual date is debated, some say it started in 1899 but all formal documents point to 1910.
The founding principles are vague and ambiguous but overall The ‘Cycling Club’ began as a sports society. It stood with other clubs and societies such as the Union Pollensina and the Young Workers Club, but they all eventually disappeared; Club Pollença is the only one still in existence.
Surviving the Civil War, it emerged with a more cultural purpose. Now named Club Pollença, by the 1950s, the Club was enjoying its heyday. Local artist Dionis Bennassar designed the iconography we see on the Club’s doors today and the building is filled with art from the town and beyond. What is important is that this institution bears no political or religious ties. It is a true club for everyone, members or not. What’s more, it now hosts some important events for local residents, including the English-speaking community. Home to N2 Productions and other English performances, it also hosts art exhibitions, the local wine society, it organizes excursions and children can have their birthday parties there. With a stage hall, meeting rooms and artist workshop, the Club Pollença is a veritable gem worthy of our support.
Club Pollença is on Facebook or visit www.club-pollensa.com to know more about the benefits of membership and how to join.
Featured in TOTN 3.7.14
A change is in the air at Mister Green. A recent shift in management has seen Chef Chris Gibson arrive in the driving seat. His charm and talent will surely see the restaurant move onto great things
As you enter the restaurant, what you see is an impressive Mallorcan house. The archway, the traditional flooring and the realization that this is a special place hits you. A dining room, all modern and sleek, is just right of the entrance. The courtyard straight on (past the grand winding staircase) is a welcome sanctuary, complete with water fountain, sunshine and bougainvillea.
Chef Chris’ ambition for Mister Green is clear. Hailing from Birmingham and having worked his way through the ranks in Mayfair, London before moving to La Font del Gall in Pollensa, Chris has mastered a Mediterranean style and likes to add a touch of Mallorcan taste to his food.
We can expect daily specials at the restaurant, and there will always be Stuffed Chicken of the Day for example with sobrasada, goat’s cheese and honey. No doubt about it, Chris likes to try different things and at Mister Green he has found a new home, indeed this is a very homely and personal restaurant that will thrive on his energy.
Call 971 86 25 78 for reservations.
Featured in TOTN 19.6.14
Bistro, El Jardin
Bistró del Jardín is perfect for lunch with the children. Met at the door by the friendly staff, nothing was too much trouble. We were led to a table on the covered veranda where the gardens give a real summery atmosphere. The menu didn’t disappoint; we tried two of the ‘Clásicos Desde 1996’. There was great food for the children, as well made as ours—no button burgers here.
Perhaps it’s not so surprising that the Bistro del Jardin is so good when you consider the Michelin-starred mother restaurant that sits above. Modern and stylish, Restaurante Jardín offers authentic Mediterranean food. Chef Macarena de Castro’s CV is pretty impressive. Having worked around the world and trained in illustrious kitchens such as Restaurante Arzak and El Bulli, it’s no wonder she has been awarded best chef at the Balearic Gastronomy Awards.
However you want to dine, formal, informal or for a night out (Danny’s Gastro Bar offers tapas from 8-2am) this is a great choice. Judging by the amount of locals who came for lunch, including a large party of 20 or so, this is a stalwart establishment in Alcudia’s dining scene.
www.restaurantejardin.com +34 971 89 23 91
Featured in TOTN 5.6.14
Ponderosa makes hanging out on the beach a stylish affair. Playa del Muro is a beautiful beach anyway, what with its shallow turquoise water and stretch of white sand, so with this beach bar-restaurant all chilled out and Balearic Chic, the schlep to Muro is well worth the trip.
This is an über cool place with trendy staff but that’s not to say there is no substance. The service is friendly and personal, the food authentic and fresh. The menu is varied with signature dishes, including the paella.
The terrace is actually on the beach so you can enjoy lunch barefoot, while the children play in the sand between meals. The menu is based on the 0km slow food concept, meaning Chef Javier Sol buys only the highest quality and from producers as close as possible. This ethical approach extends from the organic produce to an overall environmental awareness.
In existence for nearly 50 years in various forms, today’s Ponderosa is a superb choice for an all-dayer. Indeed, food is served all day and the cocktails with DJ sounds as the sun goes down make Ponderosa a perfect night out as well.
Featured in TOTN 22.5.14
As spring ushers in, so too do openings of restaurants. Can Costa reopened its doors in the beginning of March. Once a traditional Mallorcan restaurant in a beautiful old building, this is now a cool, modern and designed newcomer to Pollensa’s dining scene. Funky with traditional touches, the restaurant’s charm extends from the old marble-topped kitchen island (complete with Mallorcan utensils) to the warm ambience and efficient staff.
There is a tasting menu of either five or seven dishes and Can Costa’s wine list has a good selection of Mallorcan wines. Of course, the new cocktail bar, with superb menu, is a great place to begin your evening.
Featured in TOTN 10.4.14