Friday, November 3, 2017


 Marla is not one for hyperbole so when she says "Zaranda is my most favorite dining experience in my whole life" I take it seriously! Zaranda is the Balearics' only two-star Michelin restaurant and is located in the beautiful 18th century Castell Son Claret near Es Capdella on Mallorca. I knew all dinners were included with my Cycle Speed Tours package, but I had no idea they would be such fabulous restaurants!
This was an incredible evening!

 We dined in the courtyard.

 I looked up at the crenelated tower and the deep indigo early evening sky. 

 We were excited to be at such an enchanting location for dinner.  You notice immediately the artfulness of the glassware and custom created table settings. 
The sommelier made suggestions for local Mallorcan wines to accompany our tasting menu.

A waiter brings some aperitivos on a very interesting stand.

"Carbohydrate" is my middle name so when I saw the loaves of bread for the evening I had to sample a little of each!
            The starter was called "The Route of Gold" with stringy cheese finger from Venezuela, Yuca bread with black truffle from Colombia, and a tostada of "Cochinita Pibil" from Mexico.                                                              
Beetroot, caviar, and a tasty faux-pearl served on a beautiful plate.

The paprika spiced octopus and potato veloute was served in a cleverly designed ceramic amphora bowl. 

I wasn't quite sure about the dish called the "Blackegg." It consisted of white onion and cuttlefish caviar. The plate looked like a folded textured fabric.

A special menu was offered to Marla as she is allergic to seafood. Her "pidgeon three ways" was served on a wood stump, an intriguing branch, and a glass plate. The drama of each serving was amazing and each added to the "theatre" of cuisine.

Marla loved this little dish.

The "Pave of Veal Tongue" was a stunner! Including a confit, glazed, warm leek and potato salad, was not ordinary potato salad.The flower balanced the composition.

This was the "Four Seasons of a Mallorcan almond."
I must echo Marla's comments about Zaranda. Each dish was a tiny masterpiece of culinary delight! I can easily see why this was awarded two stars by Michelin.
We both wanted to take home sets of the fabulous ceramic & glass plates!
Zaranda is on our "must return" list!

Canela is a hidden gem on a tiny side street in Palma. Canela means cinnamon in English and is housed in a former spice shop. Andrew, our cycling tour leader said it was one of his favorites and I understand why.

We sat where the action is next to the open kitchen. The chefs were from Brazil, England, Sweden and Spain. They worked as a well-choreographed team each assisting with the creative delicacies.

We began with Porcini and caramelized onion croquettes topped with truffled pecorino cheese. "Yum!"

"Khmer" crispy rolls of pork, ginger, mint, and ripe mango.

The soft-shelled crab with citric melon, almonds, chili, and herbs was beautifully presented.

I had an unusual "Aquarello" risotto, beetroot, pine nuts and ricotta dish.

Marla had a stunningly beautiful and delicious duck breast.

I loved the Black Cod with "Cambodian memories."

I texted Andrew when we began our dessert course, our signal for him to escort us to his car for the drive back to the hotel. This is what I call a HIGH LUX CYCLING TOUR! The walk on the ancient pavers of Palma was magical and a great finish to an incredible dinner!

Next week I'll take you to another Michelin starred restaurant and for a crazy bonus, ...we'll have lunch next to a nude beach!

Images: Dick Gentry, Castell Son Claret

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