In June 2017 my two closest girlfriends and I spent a relaxing week lying in the sun in Puerto Portals, Mallorca, on a very relaxing package holiday. The main reason why these two girls are my best friends are because our unifying love of food and dining out. Whilst we spent most of the days lying by the pool doing very little, we spent most of it talking about what we had eaten the night before, and what we would like to eat that evening. We scoured TripAdvisor for recommendations and hit some which were recommended and a couple which we took pot luck on. Here’s our top 5 spots to eat in Puerto Portals.
This was rated as the number one restaurant in the area on TripAdvisor so we wanted to see what all the fuss was about. This was the only restaurant we dined at that wasn’t in walking distance of our hotel, but the taxi fair was only a few euro and shared between three people really wasn’t worth worrying about! I would recommend booking in advance which you can do online as when we arrived the restaurant was fully booked with a large group. Fortunately the very nice manager, Stefan, managed to fit us in on a bar table. It would have been such a shame to have had to turn around and pay for a taxi for nothing so book in advance! The restaurant had quite an exclusive feel to it and while it was the most expensive venue we ate at it was stil quite reasonably priced for what we had. We dined from the set menu from €48 per person. I had the seabass which was absolutely delicious. The restaurant is located in a eautiful setting on the cliff, overlooking the beach, marina and ocean. It has classy, modern decor in purple and white, but is very tasteful and understated. Lila Portals is open for lunch and dinner between 12noon-4pm and 7pm-10pm.
Image ©Lila Portals restaurant
Restaurante Diablito serves Tex-Mex style food and is very good value compared to other restaurants surrounding it. It is open 9am until midnight and later during high season. We ate here on our first night as it was a Saturday night and all the other restaurants were full and we loved it so much we chose to go back there on our last night too. We had sharing nachos to start with on both occasions, which were dripping with the most delicious melted cheese. On the first night I had a pizza with tuna and olives, which was delicious, and on my last night I had spaghetti with prawns and chilli. Prawns and chilli are basically my favourite food on the planet, so I will love any restaurant that serves it up to me!
Image ©Restaurante Diablito
We stopped at Cappuccino on two days, but only for lunch as it was rather expensive and our budgets didn’t stretch to evening meals. This hotel has a huge outside seating area with waiters scurrying between tables who are very efficient and friendly. My friends both enjoyed a cocktail, and I enjoyed a mocktail, whilst they got stuck into their club sandwiches and I very much enjoyed my poached eggs and avocado on spelt bread. The fries with garlic mayo were particuarly good.
We visited Spoon on our 5th night of our holiday and were seated at one of the outside tables as it was already very busy. It wasn’t a cold evening, but it was a little windy and we were given the option of some cosy blankets to wrap up in while we enjoyed our meals. Spoon is a Mediterranean & Asian fusion restaurant and we all enjoyed some tasty meals including noodles, duck. I enjoyed the glazed salmon with honey-soya sauce and Japan noodles immensely. We were just tucking into our meals when out of nowhere a fashion show started with three models showcasing the clothes from one of the nearby boutiques. There were some lovely clothes. It was a little strange having someone walking around in their bikini whilst dining, but it was good entertainment all the same. Spoon is openly daily from 1pm until midnight and you can reserve your table online
5 San Remo
We arrived in Portals Nous on a Saturday afternoon following an early start to the airport and our stomachs were well and truly rumbling. San Remo was the first restaurant we stumbled on after checking in and a quick glance at the menu told us everything we needs to know. We were soon enjoying a very nice lunch of salad and baguettes. This was by no means the nicest restaurant in Portals Nous, but it was close to our hotel and much more reasonably price than most of the other restaurants. It had a nice relaxed vibe, sports TV and was very busy when we passed in the evenings.
Image ©San Remo.
There were many many other restaurants we could have chosen from. Some were out of our price range but looked very nice. Some were probably good but seemed quite overpriced – I don’t care how famous you are Wellies, I’m not paying 19 euro for a burger. Apparently we just weren’t welcome at one restaurant, I’m looking at you Ritzis, where the snotty maître d simply looked us up and down when we asked is he had a table for three, and simply said “No”…. rude. We didn’t bother returning another night to try again.
Book in advance. Every restaurant we visited was very busy in the evenings and we didn’t even visit in full high season. If you are keen to eat somewhere in particular, are on a timeframe or have a larger party or children then pre-booking is the way to go.
Waiters will often offer bring you olives or water without asking if you want them. If you drink or eat them you will be charged. Do not touch unless you are willing to pay!
Don’t eat dessert in the restaruants. There are some great gelato places along the marina which are much better.