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Bars & Restaurants in Pollensa, Majorca Where to eat and drink. For great reviews and comments on bars, cafes and restaurants. Do give locations if possible.

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Hi everyone - who do you think does the best paella?
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Truth be told, we've never had an even halfway decent paella in the Pollensa area (or, indeed, in any Mallorcan tourist area). It's a dish that needs precise cooking and then serving up immediately it's ready - and that doesnt really suit the style of tourist restaurants.

If you can find somewhere that does it as, say, a "Sunday lunch special", then you may be OK. Might be worth seeing what's on offer at the seafood specialists of La Llonja and Stay.
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Yes, Harters, I agree. Katy's did a fairly decent one, but that's long gone! Son has just text me to ask where to go, and I can't for the life of me think where I've had a good one. I've had some terrible 'frozen' one's, but they don't tell you that before it arrives on the table. Think Stay might be a bit pricey for him tho'.
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Oh dear Harters!!, i think many of our members will take issue with you over this. I know of at least 4 restaurants in PP alone that supply take away and eat in paellas to Spanish/Mallorcan clients, so they must be doing something right.I understand that you are something of a "food critic" but as with all "critics" be they of book, food, film, wine etc it is only one persons opinion and of course one man's perfection is another man's poison.

Jazzy-B my personal favourites are El Ancla and Ikebana, both places only cook to order .
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Thanks Sparky, I never thought of El Ancla. Love their duck and lamb! I have had some awful paella's in PP tho'!
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Add to that Sparky, Celler la Parra as that is where we have had some very good Paella. As with others though, it must be ordered in advance. As to your comments about food critics I tend to ignore them and go for what I like not what they do, often 2 very different plates of food !
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Yes so have i but have also had many good ones, only my opinion of course .
Which do you prefer, the mixed or seafood or fish, the choice is endless isn't it?. I have to admit i also love the Black paella served with lots of alioli and a nice cold bottle of Macia Batle Blanc.
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Oh, I love 'em all, although I haven't had a black one yet, but I don't know why. When son text me about paella, my mouth started watering and hasn't stopped since! We're going to have to have roast chicken for dinner tomorrow, and paella with the leftovers on Monday - and I've got a big bag of mixed seafood in the freezer to go in it as well. Roll on Monday!
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Add to that Sparky, Celler la Parra as that is where we have had some very good Paella. As with others though, it must be ordered in advance. As to your comments about food critics I tend to ignore them and go for what I like not what they do, often 2 very different plates of food !
Which seems to make this forum pointless. Should i have a paella in cellar la parra or ignore your recommendation?
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I understand that you are something of a "food critic" .
Actually, I'm nothing of a "food critic". Only a short fat man who enjoys eating.

But I certainly agree with the view that food I like might not be liked by someone else and vice versa. The enjoyment of food and opinions of restaurants are inherently a subjective matter based on personal experiences.

I also have the view that a place having Spanish customers is absolutely no guarantee, or even indication, that the food is great.
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Just one place for me must be Ikebana. Pop in during the day to pre order. and you will have s delicious freshly cooked Paella.
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Had some great paellas in and around the port, we have had this thread before if you look back but our favorites are the veggie paella in Tangos although we haven't been for a while, the one in Los Zazoles and best in El Mojito and el Posito

"It's a dish that needs precise cooking and then serving up immediately it's ready - and that doesn't really suit the style of tourist restaurants" ...Why not, you order it they cook it and bring it out, simples, what is the problem with that
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and that doesn't really suit the style of tourist restaurants" ...Why not, you order it they cook it and bring it out, simples, what is the problem with that
The main problem for the restaurant and the potentially unsuspecting customer is that, for it to be done properly, it's going to take about an hour to cook. You can't rush it and it needs regular attention.

For the restaurant, it is going to be difficult for them to manage the cooking in amongst the orders for the quick cook dishes that make up most of the menu of the tourist orientated restaurants. For the customer, unless they know it's going to take an hour, they may well start to feel that they are being neglected. It also means the restaurant has a table "locked" - it's not the higher turnover of tables they can get serving the quick cook food.

It's why some places only offer paella as part of a lunchtime menu, when they can concentrate on it, or only offer it on pre-order.
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Actually, I'm nothing of a "food critic". Only a short fat man who enjoys eating.

But I certainly agree with the view that food I like might not be liked by someone else and vice versa. The enjoyment of food and opinions of restaurants are inherently a subjective matter based on personal experiences.

I also have the view that a place having Spanish customers is absolutely no guarantee, or even indication, that the food is great.


Agree 100% aout a place full of spanish is no sign of quality, just look at the kebab place on the front it is full of them. The only thing thats not in those things on the skewers is meat.
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And so Harters, happily for us we still have plenty of restaurants in PP who don't operate this way, hence we are able to enjoy freshly cooked perfect paellas . IMO .
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