The Menú del Día or Menu of the Day is generally offered for the midday meal and is the most economical way to eat in a Menorcan restaurant.
Menús del día are normally served only at lunchtime – and usually only on week days. They also tend to change every day, so it’s a great way to taste what the locals are eating and will probably include dishes that you wouldn’t normally have ordered if left to choose. Some restaurants may assume that if you are not a local and on holiday you wouldn’t want the Menu del Dia, even though they probably have one. So, if you aren’t offered the menu and can’t see it on a blackboard, do ask – it’s well worth it.
The menu will normally include 2 courses plus dessert and may include bread, a drink and coffee – all for one price. The ‘primer plato’ (first course) will usually consist of carbohydrates or vegetables, and the ‘segundo plato’ (second course) will be the meat and fish. You may be able to choose from either coffee or dessert for your final course, but do ask first. Most menus will say ‘con pan y vino/agua’ (with bread and wine/water), but it is usually possible to order a different soft drink – but not always the case, so again, ask.