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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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Old 21-04-2006, 04:46
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Location: Rickmansworth , Herts
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Default Into the Unknown !!!!!

Bonyladette and I , totally gutted by the sad demise of Mike Baldwin decided to cheer ourselves up and take up residence in PP over the Easter Break. By last Wednesday lunchtime we were sitting in Bonys over a salad and a glass of vino enjoying the sunshine and watching the remnants of the market being cleared away.

" Why don't we try and eat somewhere completely different for the next few days?" and so we agreed , like penance during Lent, to forgo Sillers and Posito and head for either pastures new or where we hadn't been for at least five years. I must warn you that we only subsequently managed six nights out of seven ( ate in on Easter Sunday) cos we can't really believe anyone has the constitution to even attempt Rob Jay's 14 night challenge !!!!!.

First night was pretty easy choice, having read the postings here, so we set off for O Lumewith friends in tow. Nice restaurant trying to be a seriously good restaurant. Good touches like taster dish appearing five minutes after sitting down cos they knew we were in for a bit of a wait as it was fairly busy. Lovely hot bread and three ( yes 3) different flavoured pats of butter was a good prelude of what was to come. However, not quite there as we all had meal of the day ( 19euros including vino) and the two main courses were, well, pretty average. Three off cuts of fish in lemon sauce or turkey stroganoff, sort of fare me old Mum used to cobble together to feed us kids on Monday night sort of meal. However it would be churlish to downgrade on this alone and we all felt a return would be necessary and perhaps go a la carte next time. The Jury's out in our book but the verdict looks more innocent than guilty and we liked it overall a lot.
Second night we were on our own and we are ashamed to admit we hadn't crossed the threshold of La Fortelesa in ten years. By the end of the evening we were even more ashamed. Wonderful Mallorquian food accompanied by friendly great service. We started with crab cakes and mallorquian fritos (sea food) and moved onto Rabbit with Onion and Stuffed Aubergines. Great and served with nice veg portions including lovely baby roast potatoes. Perfect portions and so tasty. This place is now in the definite "must visit" category.

Good Friday night and , of course, fish had to be "de rigeur" so failing to get into Bodega Can Ferra we ended up by chance in La Faroles . Looked promising on entry, fairly full, rustic atmosphere, sepia old photos of the Port in 1890 etc etc. Continued in this vein as plate of various dead fish passed before us in order to select the feast to come. "Au contraire" as Del Boy would say as the meal totally failed to deliver. Batttered squid on a bed of limp lettuce followed by beautiful lemon sole drowned in a pungent prawn sauce. Tasted like your first attempt at chinese sweet and sour fish !!!. Bonyladette's so called grilled sea bream was fried and pretty tasteless as well.
Saturday night we met friends again for drinks and canapes and off, en masse, to Los Zazales. Very friendly people , nice atmosphere with wine in carafes ( sourced we believe from the famous barrels in Old Pollenca). Wonderful broad bean cassoulet followed by pork tenderloin in reduced red wine sauce. Obviously must have overstuffed on the canapes as I couldn't finish my main course. We all enjoyed the evening tremendously ( I think anyone would having consumed probably half a barrel load !!!!). Anyway well worth another try.
Sunday, day of rest so onto Monday night. Having driven all day around the island we wanted something quick and filling. Failed again to get into the Bodega Can Ferra so off to Laroc for pasta. Don't know what you guys think but in my book the Italians are the best cooks in the world !!!. Bruno sub let this place from Coral a few years ago and it really is authentic italian cooking of fish based pizzas and pasta. With great housewine ( c 9 euros a bottle) and tasty food well worth a visit.
Finally on the last night we got into Bodega Can Ferra ( aka disrespectfully as "the little brothers"). I suppose you could best describe it as sustenance preceeding finesse. Packed full of hearty Brits ( and Germans) who all looked like they had just yomped down from Lluc tucking into good home cooking. Pretty healthy lot they were as well cos they were mainly drinking water ( even with housewine at a ridiculous 5 euros a bottle !!!!). Food, especially the fish, very very tasty .For value I imagine it's hard to beat but the sort of place to go to eat and not one for poseurs on a dining out experience !!!!

All in all, an interesting week's dining and on average all meals about 50 euros on average for two. Probably sum it up by saying there is a lot of diversity in eating out in the Port if you seek it out and well worth avoiding some of the blatant tourist traps. I'll save my views on the New Tex Mex for another time !!!!!

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thank you for a fabulous review!
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