Nine out of Ten
It's as you were for Mallorca after the ceremony announcing the prestigious Michelin Star awards for 2019 in Lisbon last week. The island has nine stars in total, actually one less than last year as chef Tomeu Caldentey decided he was sick of the grind of keeping up with the Michelins and closed his Es Molí den Bou restaurant to pursue more pleasurable projects.
So, other than this, there's no change in the Michelin firmament in the Balearic islands with Mallorca the only representative thanks to the following restaurants;
Zaranda in Es Capdellà with two stars, and Adrián Quetglas (photos) (Palma), Andreu Genestra (Capdepera), Argos (Port de Pollença), Es Fum (Palmanova), Es Racó d'Es Teix (Deià), Jardín (Port d'Alcudia), and Marc Fosh (Palma) all with one star.
As you probably know the stars were originally awarded by the tyre company Michelin's motoring guides as somewhere worth making a detour to on a drive out in town or country. As you can see from our star studded list above, Mallorca's restaurants are all around the island – you could do a circular tour starting and finishing in Palma – and are all certainly worth a detour.
The stars are awarded not just for the food, but the service, comfort, ambiance and style of the restaurant by anonymous judges and I can certainly and personally agree with their opinion on my regular visits to Simply Fosh in Palma as it's simply fantastic.
I must treat myself to some of the others, how about you?