Located on the main Mao to Ciutadella road, the understated entrance is in the street behind. Once inside, the Ca N’Aguedet experience begins. The sweeping marble staircase leads you to the restaurant above which is bathed in natural daylight with panoramic views towards the Es Mercadal countryside. The pale green décor and crisp white table line give the restaurant its serene ambiance, reminiscent of bygone times but with a modern twist. During service, the restaurant springs into life with the sound of people talking, laughing and enjoying themselves as they have done for past 75 years.
The well prepared and presented food is typically Menorcan and, what’s more, sensibly priced as is the wine list. In addition to Spanish wines, it features both red and white wines from Ca N’Aguedet’s own bodega (vineyeard) which at €16 a bottle is exceptional value for the quality of wine.
The A La Carte menu is varied but not extensive to ensure the fresh local ingredients are always served at their best and the cooking reflects the produce from this rich agricultural region of Menorca making the most of local meat, vegetables and cheeses. Fresh fish and shellfish are delivered daily from the nearby fishing village of Fornells.
Starters from €8 feature traditionally prepared snails, mussels, terrines and soups. Suckling pig, lamb, rabbit and beef are just some of the meats on offer starting from €10. Fish options include monk fish, crab, cuttle fish from €15 as well as fresh prawns and lobster according to market price. The menu also includes paellas from €19.35 per person and Menorca’s traditional ‘calderetas’ of shellfish at €29.60 or local lobster. To follow, Margarita’s desserts are beautifully presented with interesting Menorcan favourites such as potato cake, a pine nut and raisin cake and prunes in wine with ice cream.
Over the years, Ca N’Aguedet has created some wonderful signature dishes which see locals and holiday makers return time and again to enjoy them. Here is a selection: aubergines and prawn grantinee, chicken ‘Aguedet’, monk fish with leek sauce, swiss roll and chocolate and coffee gateau.
Open all year round, this professionally run restaurant offers a true taste of traditional Menorca. Centrally located, yet away from the busy tourist resorts, it’s no wonder Ca N’Aguedet continues to be a favourite with locals. A set menu at €20 is offered during the winter months and a children’s menu is always available.