Fresh local produce cooked to perfection is the principle on which Max has built his enviable reputation at Acuario. And, having previously taught student chefs at the University of Barcelona he knows a thing or two about good food.
Front of house is José who is a familiar face to those who return year after year to dine on the attractive covered open terrace. He will talk you through the daily specials as well as the fresh fish which is a speciality, collected each day from local fishermen so you can be sure it’s the best from around the island. The full menu is offered both at lunchtime and in the evenings and there is an interesting tapas menu available for lunch only, giving you the choice to eat a main meal or share some homemade tapas as you please. Lunchtimes are very informal, so don’t worry if you want to come straight to the restaurant from the beach.
The varied list of starters includes a pear salad with provolone cheese in filo pastry at €9.80, mussels served three ways and homemade paté with caramelised apple salad. To follow, choices start at €13.50 and include chicken with puff pastry and mushroom sauce, roast duck and lamb as well as filet steak with your selected sauce. Fish dishes start at €16.50 with crispy salmon papillote, tempura of cod and vegetables, grilled prawns and lobster to tempt you, not to mention the freshest local fish of the day, cooked on the ‘plancha’ or baked in salt. As you would expect with all good Menorcan restaurants, there is also a rice menu ranging from simple rice with vegetables and fideua (noodles) to fish, shellfish and lobster paellas, and the famous Caldereta de Langosta (traditional Menorcan lobster stew), expensive but delicious and must be ordered in advance. The well priced wine list features a comprehensive selection of whites, reds, rosés and cavas from different regions of Spain.
If you would like to organise a special birthday or anniversary celebration, Max and the team are always pleased to discuss a menu that will be perfect for the occasion, just a few days in advance.
Acuario also has seating inside the restaurant, where there is a gallery of paintings displayed on the walls, all for sale by local artist Magda Ameller. So you can take away with you a lasting memory of your visit to Acuario and Na Macaret.
Acuario is open six days a week from the beginning of May to late October from 12.30 to around 15.30 and then from 18.60 to 10.45 (later in August). Closed Mondays.
NB: Last year, Max and his team opened Venecia, the new Restaurant Pizzeria in Arenal d’en Castell (previously Japi Bar) as well as the new late night bar above, Es Terrat de s’Arenal. Offering the same great quality and friendly service, why not give them a try..? Click onto each venue for more information.