Five 'Bib Gourmand' awards
We've all heard of the famous Michelin Star awards which are dished (if you'll pardon the pun) out annually to some quite high end restaurants all over the world. Currently there are 10 Michelin Stars residing proudly in Mallorca which you may have read about in one of our past articles, if not just click the link to see it.
However, in addition to the world renowned star system, Michelin also give awards to their inspectors' favourite restaurants which still offer high quality products and services, but at very good value for money. Below the starred restaurants, which represent only 5% of Michelin's selection are a myriad of good, small, affordably priced restaurants which provide a full meal for £28 in the UK and €40 in Europe.
The awards are called 'Bib Gourmand,' unfortunately named for Brits for a whom a bib is a protective garment worn by babies to protect their Armani suits from the lurid glowing baby foods splattering everywhere at the dining table. The Michelin Bib however, is the shortened form of Bibendum, the name of the rotund Michelin Man, a cartoon character created in 1898 and whose face adorns the awards.
To cut a long story short, the five Mallorcan restaurants that were awarded a Bib at the end of 2016 were;
Ca na Toneta in Caimari
Santi Taura in Lloseta
Joan Marc in Inca
Patrón Lunares in Palma
Son Tomás, overlooking the cliffs in Banyalbufar
As you can see, they're dotted over the whole island, so no 'Palmacentricity' in the Mallorca gastro-scene and they all specialise in using fresh local ingredients whenever they can. I've put together a little photo slide show that gives an idea of the food, ambiance and people behind the restaurants.
Give them a try if you like your food and don't want to shell out a lot of money to enjoy it!