As a result, Toni and his wife Amparo have built up a loyal clientele of locals and regular visitors and are always ready to welcome new faces. The atmosphere is based on informal, family dining where everyone can relax and concentrate on having fun with friends and family of all ages. The restaurant serves an excellent cooked breakfast between 09.30 and 15.00 hours, not just English but also Scottish and Irish at €6.50. Coffees, drinks, snacks and tapas can be ordered at any time of day until 17.30 hours. Lunch on the lovely outdoor covered terrace is served between 12.30 and 15.00 hours and dinner is from 18.00 until the kitchen closes at 23.00 hours. All you have to do is choose from the A La Carte menu, specials blackboard or alternatively from the Menu del Dia which is available throughout the day priced at €15 for three courses, each selected from the main menu which is always a good sign. To complement your meal, the comprehensive well priced wine list features some excellent Spanish wines.
In addition to the signature kebabs from €12.50, there are also prime filet and entrecote steaks which Toni considers to be the best in the area, meat dishes from €9, fish dishes from €11 including fresh salmon with almond sauce and tuna a la plancha as well as a good selection of starters, salads, omelettes and pasta. And, with a snack and tapas menu, special children’s menu and take away menu, there really is something for everyone…exactly what’s needed for a stress free holiday.
However, you don’t have to eat at El Pirata. New for 2012 is the comfortable ‘chill out’ seating area to the side of the restaurant where you can simply pop in for a drink and perhaps be tempted by one of the homemade tapas. With a choice of 22 different items on the menu, including some well known and some special Menorcan tapas at around €4, it’s hard to resist. Alternatively, what better place to enjoy a jug of Sangria or aperitif before your meal or perhaps a coffee and drinks later in the evening while watching the regular live entertainment in the Coves Noves square.
The area may have changed quite a lot over the years, but Toni and Amparo’s passion to combine consistently high quality food with a warm and friendly service remains the same as ever, earning this family run, family orientated restaurant and bar an enviable reputation in this busy and lively commercial centre.
El Pirata is open from May until late October when the restaurant closes for the winter months. Check out the early and late season special promotions, such as a drink and small tapa for just €2.