Moli d’es Raco is a large restaurant with two indoor dining areas leading onto a large coverage terrace with a glass frontage that opens up completely during the summer months to create a wonderful outdoor dining environment. In winter, the restaurant is bright and airy with lovely views over the rolling hills opposite. The décor inside this quaint and charming building is characteristically rustic with old artifacts and paintings dotted around the inner dining rooms. Whatever the time of year, there is always a relaxed and friendly atmosphere which can get very lively at times with the sound of people chatting, laughing and enjoying time together. Professionally run by Juan and Jaime, the service is always welcoming and affable.
The varied menu is based using local produce cooked to its best advantage and includes traditional Menorcan specialities. To start, there are soups such as Menorca’s typical ‘oliaigua’ made with tomatoes and ‘sopa Mallorquina’ made with bread and vegetables, Menorcan cured meats, aubergines baked with prawns, Menorcan macaroni, stuffed onions, snails and mussels, all ranging from €5.15 to €12.95. To follow, the generous portions focus on the quality of the local meat with choices including pork loin with cabbage at €11.35, spiced lamb chops, steaks plain grilled or with a Roquefort or pepper sauce from €15.45, rabbit with ‘all i oli’ (garlic mayonnaise), slow cooked suckling pig at €17 and Moli d’es Raco’s famous chicken with spider crab cooked in a tasty crab broth with pieces of crab and served with fried cubed potatoes at €15.45.
Fish courses feature cod, grouper, sole, scorpion fish and grilled prawns starting at €15.75 or perhaps squid stuffed with monkfish and prawns or ‘calamar menorquina’ cooked in an almond cream sauce at €18.50. The menu also includes paella and Menorca’s traditional ‘wet rice’ with seafood and, of course, the famous ‘caldereta’ prepared with either shellfish at €22.70 or local lobster.
In addition to ice creams, homemade desserts include Moli d’es Raco’s special bread and butter pudding, ‘flan de higos’ (fig tart), fruits in syrup and walnuts with honey and cream. There is also an extensive wine list with regional Spanish wines as well as locally produced wine from Es Mercadal, which is well worth trying.
There is also a Menu del Dia offering three courses with a choice of three options for each, mostly selected from the main menu, and priced at €10 from Monday to Friday, €12 on Saturdays and €15 on Sundays.
Despite having so many tables, the restaurant still gets very busy as it has become a firm favourite with locals and regular visitors, so booking is strongly advised during the summer months and at weekends to avoid disappointment or a long wait. The restaurant also welcomes larger parties, such as birthday parties, family celebrations and anniversaries.
Moli d’es Raco is a great place to go for all the family and consistently delivers a winning combination of good food at good prices, with good service in an amazing original setting. Parking is easy with a car park next to the restaurant.
Moli d’es Raco is open all year round. The summer hours are 12.30 until 16.30 lunchtimes and from 19.00 to 00.30 hours in the evening.