A Menorca holiday is the ideal time to learn more about the cuisine of the region, which is renowned for its use of local ingredients. Many people don’t realise it but Menorca also grows a large supply of fruit including oranges, strawberries and lemons which are a focal point in the sweet dessert dishes served at restaurants.
Exploring Menorca's delicacies
Menorcan cuisine is traditional, simple and heavily influenced by the seasonal ingredients on offer throughout the year. The classic Mediterranean trilogy of wine, bread and olive oil is the basis for most meals, with fresh organic fruit and vegetables in abundance. Sun-ripened local goods come bursting with flavour, and you’ll find that most eateries are proud to offer produce sourced right here on the island. If you’re planning a holiday to Menorca, check out some of our favourite places to eat from the list below, from tasty tapas to juicy grilled meats.
Tapas treats at Sa Gavina II Port - Mahon
This popular restaurant located in Menorca’s capital city of Mahon is right on the harbour, so you can watch the boats come and go as you indulge in their speciality of tapas.
Pick and choose your favourite dishes to share with friends from their extensive tapas menu including fried squid, meatballs, prawns, ribs, garlic mushrooms, honey and mustard chicken and cheesy garlic bread. Sa Gavina II Port also has other meat and fish meals on the menu if you want bigger portions of one thing.
Carnivore's delight at Ca Na Marga - Fornells
Barbequed meats are Ca Na Marga’s main forte and topping that list are their succulent steaks, cooked to perfection just the way you ordered. If you’re not a meat fanatic the menu is extremely diverse and you can choose from some of the other popular dishes including scampi, homemade pizza, cheese and fig starters and a chocolate tasting plate for dessert. Make sure to book ahead as this restaurant fills up quickly.
Live the high life at Smiox - Ciutadella
For a special occasion take your significant other to Smoix where they will receive the red carpet treatment with white tablecloths and beautifully presented food. Sit outside on their modern and romantic terrace as you try the locally sourced fresh dishes like suckling pig, langoustine ravioli and lamb chops. This Menorcan restaurant is tucked away from the busy main streets, but it’s worth finding.
Try your hand at Cuk-Cuk S.C. - Ciutadella
Learn how to cook the local cuisine here at Cuk-Cuk S.C. This cooking school is ideal for couples and groups of friends who want to test out their culinary abilities in a fun and relaxed environment. Your hosts will walk you through the process of creating some of Menorca’s most popular dishes, a great to teach beginners and those who don’t normally cook at home.
After you’ve finished making your creation you can sit outside in the candlelit courtyard and taste each other’s meals over a glass of wine – one free drink included in your dinner price.
Pan y Vina - St Lluis
This French and Spanish fusion restaurant is set in the beautiful rural village of Sant Lluis. Either dine on their stunning outside terrace in the summer and cosy farmhouse in the winter months. Chefs here use ingredients and herbs straight from the garden to create their fish and meat dishes.
If you arrive hungry then try their seven-course tasting menu with items like pig cheeks and lamb shanks. Every dish is beautifully presented as works of art and the meals look so artistic at Pan y Vina you’ll want to snap a few photos before tucking in.
If we’ve whet your appetite for some flavoursome Spanish cuisine, be sure to check out our great range of cheap holidays to Menorca.