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Restaurants report July 2015

Posted: August 6th, 2015, 12:50 pm
by trevx
Restaurants in Ciutadella we tried this summer:

Ses Voltes
OH’s fave, we ate here 3 times, had menu del dia our 1st day at €16 each and a la carte dinner twice.
M del d was v good; 4 small starters each (not, as we thought, 1 choice from 4!), then a choice from about 4 mains and same for dessert, plus bread and a drink.
Our dinners were equally good; extensive menu including starters, pizzas, pastas, fish and meat mains, salads, lots of Menorcan dishes, yummy desserts; we shared a starter and dessert each time, had a main each, aperitif, bottle of wine and water,2 coffees, approx. €70. All the dishes are imaginative, with contemporary twists and presentation.
Ses Voltes has 3 floors, air conditioning and an open air top floor terrace area. It's very busy at weekends so book otherwise you'll end up waiting. It has a real buzz to it, v popular with local people. Despite being busy the service is good.

We met up with friends staying in CnP who suggested lunch at SMoix. We'd eaten here last year and weren't that impressed but as it’s a fave with them in Ciutadella we were happy to go along with their choice. Glad we did; again menu del dia, I think €17/18 this time and wine not included but still worth it as we all had very good, stylish food, well cooked and presented. Will go back again on the basis of this experience. They have a courtyard garden area but are unable to use it this year due to city council orders currently preventing establishments in the old town from using their courtyards. Hopefully this situation should be resolved for next year as the garden area is pretty and romantic.

Cas Ferrer de sa Font
Cconverted blacksmiths, cool inside, got real charm. Think the courtyard area has been glass roofed. We ate here last year and enjoyed it so much we had to go again. Good friendly service; you’re given a little appetiser before your 1st: really whets the taste buds for what’s to follow. The menu isn't extensive but there's sufficient choice for you to need to spend some time trying to make up your mind! We had 3 courses each, aperitif, bottle of wine and water, about €95. Modern take on Menorcan food, beautifully presented, and although it's not cheap, it's delish food and well worth trying for a special meal.

Can Faustino
Opened last year, within a 5 star hotel, the restaurant was set up by Michelin starred chef; we’d heard varying reports and were curious, so booked for lunch. We had a choice of tables either in air conditioned restaurant or outside in very pretty courtyard garden. Disappointed to find that the m del d isn’t offered in July and August so chose from the menu. The food was ok but not outstanding although we had a really good white Catalan wine which impressed OH for both quality and price! Our bill was €70 for 2 courses each, wine and water- we also added sides as the mains didn’t come with veg. We’ll give the m del d lunch a try if we get to return in the autumn and will report back.

We ate in Mercadal once, at Sol 32’:
Have been trying to eat here for past 2 years but they’ve been full each time. This time we booked and 6 of us met up for lunch; all had the menu del dia, 3 courses plus wine each, €17/18 each. Interior is old, cool and decorated like trad Spanish home dining room, comfortable. The food was v good, again modern Menorcan, well presented with good service, definitely going back!

We also ate at the tapas bars in Placa Nova and can recommend. No matter where we’re going to eat, we start our evenings in Ciutadella here, taking a xoriguer and some olives whilst watching the world go by.
We catch the bus on these excursions so we can both drink before and with our meal; there’s free street entertainment in Placa des Pins or in Carrer Portal del Mar on the opposite side , leading down to the harbour-side; our night ends with a last coffee in Placa des Pins while waiting for the last bus (if there’s time!)....

And now I dreaming and wishing we were catching that bus tonight!

Re: Restaurants report July 2015

Posted: August 6th, 2015, 12:54 pm
by SusieH
Brilliant report Trevx :finga: :finga:

Made me feel hungry now :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Restaurants report July 2015

Posted: August 6th, 2015, 12:57 pm
by trevx
Me too Susie...have to grab a sarnie!


Re: Restaurants report July 2015

Posted: August 6th, 2015, 1:49 pm
by watta
trevx, excellent report, and not before time either. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Re: Restaurants report July 2015

Posted: August 7th, 2015, 4:12 pm
by glensibs
I'm sure I posted a reply to this yesterday but must have hit cancel instead of submit. Anyway, thanks Trevx for a fabulous report of the restaurants.

Re: Restaurants report July 2015

Posted: August 10th, 2015, 4:17 pm
by Sue Adderley
V good report, I do love to know about restaurants we haven't been to!

Ses Voltes is one we want to try (probably at Christmas), along with Sol 32, which I read a feature about (they were taken over in May by a new French chef, who used to work at the San Jaime restaurant in Son Bou, I believe), but the pictures of the food looked fantastic!

We returned from the island yesterday, and tried a couple of new ones (for us), La Venta de Paco in San Lluis, which served seasonal, tasty, and surprisingly sophisticated food, it was also spotlessly clean, including lovely modern loos (not many of those around).

We also tried Ca Na Marga at Ses Salines, which I'm guessing is a steak lovers paradise (I'm not really into it, so wasn't that impressed with the grilled tomato and chips with everything style of main course), but the starters and deserts were ace, and it was also very clean and full of Spanish atmosphere.

Back to the fish fingers and spaghetti hoops tonight! :sad: