Eat and Drink in Menorca
As one of the less-traveled Balearic Islands, Menorca has a reputation for being unspoiled. It has much to celebrate, including the fact that it’s the first part of Spain to see the sunrise and has more beaches than Ibiza and Mallorca put together. What’s more, it is the birthplace of mayonnaise, and its impressive food history doesn’t stop there.
Popular places to eat include: Es Pla Bar (Passeig de Sant Joan 1, Ciutadella), an expensive restaurant at the head of Ciutadella’s harbor that is noted for its seafood; the decently-priced American Bar (Placa Reial, Mahon), a pleasant café right in town which is good for a coffee, breakfast, and people-watching; the Windmill Restaurant (Carrer Major 53, Es Mercadal), an ancient dining spot in the authentic town of Es Mercadal in central Menorca; and the must-visit Cova d’en Xoroi (Carrer de Sa Cova s/n, Cala en Porter) for romantic dining right on the sea with a cocktail.
The local seafood stew dish caldereta de langosta is a must-eat, while meatballs (albondigas), chicken (pollo al ajillo), and various types of tapas are all made with assurance. To save money, order Spanish dishes and look for restaurants that have a menú del día (“menu of the day,” a fixed-price, three-course meal). The locals eat late in Menorca, with dinner typically starting around 8:00 p.m. after they’re fully recovered from the afternoon siesta. You can eat at whatever time you like, but keep in mind that nightspots don’t really pick up until after midnight.