Food & Drink Update
The ever popular El Picadero Restaurant re-opened under new management in November 2012, having been closed for a couple of months. Regulars will be pleased to know it is now a restaurant specialising in rice dishes, such as paella and risotto, as well as offering a Menú del Día and a Menú de Noche, tapas and snacks.
Chef Kike will be familiar to those who remember La Trotxa Restaurant in Alaior, which he ran for four years, or patrons of Alcalde Restaurant in Arenal d’en Castell, where he was head chef from July 2011 until August 2012. His partner, Christine, will be known to many as the editor of the English Pages in the ‘Diario Menorca’ and of the ‘Focus on Menorca’ magazine.
Although only 20 metres off the Maó to Sant Lluís road, the restaurant is set in a peaceful oasis of tree-shaded gardens, with a children’s play park to keep the younger family members entertained; an ideal place to eat ‘al fresco’ in the warmer months. Inside the tastefully-decorated restaurant, the lower dining room can seat approximately 60 and the upper a further 20 or more, making it a good option for group bookings, such as wedding receptions, birthday parties and communions.
The third ‘Mostra de Cuina Menorquina’ (Menorcan Cookery Fair) takes place this year from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 September 2012 when a total of 32 restaurants around the island will be preparing special menus to demonstrate the exciting and varied cuisine of Menorca.
Organised by the Restaurant Association of Menorca and promoted through the island’s leading travel agency group, Viatges Magon, the number of participating establishments has increased this year. Now with more restaurants in 12 different areas joining in with this promotion, there are plenty of opportunities to experience not only the innovative cuisine but also the ambience and service of a wide range of restaurant types and styles and at great prices.
The focus is on Menorcan gastronomy, either traditional or more avant-garde, and based on using local produce. Each venue will be preparing a special ‘Menu Mostra’ (Show Menu) consisting of starter, main course and dessert for just €15 as well as, in most instances, a second ‘Menu Gastronómic’ (Gourmet Menu) at prices ranging between €18 and €50, as indicated below. Some menus are set and some offer a choice of dishes.
What better way to relax than taking time out for a couple of hours to enjoy a leisurely lunch in a restaurant by the water or overlooking magnificent sea views, and September is a great month to indulge in such pleasures in the warm sunshine. To help you with your decision, here’s our Top Ten Places to Eat by the Water in Menorca, selected for their outstanding waterside locations. For venues featured in the Menorca-Live Restaurant & Bar Guide, we have included the link so you can read more about them.
1. Soak up the atmosphere in Calas Fonts harbour
This is a small inlet just along from the town of Es Castell accessed only by steps or a rampwhere you will find restaurants, bars and cafés lining this picturesque little cove. With restaurants specialising in fish, paellas, pizzas and tapas, there is certainly something for everyone, so just amble along and make your choice. Menorca-Live recommends Trebol for fish, La Caprichosa for pizzas and Nou Siroco Nou for Fideua (like paella but made with noodles) and El Chevito for tapas. There are also a few shops selling clothes and costume jeweller (in summer there is an evening craft and jewellery market).
A total of 44 bars and restaurants will participate in the first ‘Routa Mô de Tapas’ to be held every Friday and Saturday from Friday 18 May to Saturday 30 June 2012, from 11.00 to 14.00 hours and from 19.00 to 22.00 hours. The route has been organised by MôVida from Maó Town Council in conjunction with sponsors San Miguel, and offers a unique opportunity to discover new places around the town and port of Maó in a different and fun way, from tapa to tapa, ‘quinto’ to ‘quinto’ (small beer), and with the added incentive of winning a prize.
Delicious tapas such as cod au gratin ‘aioli’ with crispy ham; wild mushroom croquette on a bed of artisan focaccia with mushrooms, onion and rocket; tortilla with Menorcan prawns and dill pesto, and meatballs with almond sauce are just some of the delicacies to sample, the cost for each being just €2 at each participating venue to include a drink. The Mayoress of Maó, Águeda Reynes said the high number of participants confirmed the objective behind such an event which to revitalise Maó’s commercial and economic energy, while also improving the relationship between the private and public sector.
With probably the most important meal of the year nearly upon us, if it's your turn, here are some tried and tested tips for a few British family favourites to ensure perfect results every time. And, as for the Christmas pudding, if you have not ordered one from the UK, why not try one of the homemade traditional puds from the local English Bakery sold in most supermarkets..?
Traditional Roast Turkey
In Menorca, turkey is not the traditional meat for Christmas lunch with boned and rolled joints of chicken, pork and beef stuffed with all sorts of tasty fillings such as dried and fresh fruits and even prawns being the preferred choice. Turkeys are available the week before Christmas at most butchers and supermarket counters, however, our advice is to pre-order one if you want to be sure. Being free range, turkeys in Menorca are delicious and to ensure they remain moist and full of flavour while cooking, follow the cooking tips below.
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