By Lisa on Apr 18, 2016 with Comments 3
Chef Maria Salinas has branched out on her own and opened a restaurant in the small town of Mancor de la Vall in Mallorca.
And I met some friends there for lunch a few weeks ago.
Maria Salinas was head chef at Brondo in Palma and has also worked at other prestigious hotel restaurants such as Hospes Maricel.
Now she’s decided to go it alone and be her own boss in the quaint Mallorcan village of Mancor de la Vall and has reformed a charming old typical house in the centre of the village.
Her philosophy is good home cooked meals: filling, tasty and simple. Like your mama makes.
Her idea is to offer a good value for money set menu in her cosy restaurant where people return time and time again and will feel at home.
Maria is not from the village and did wonder if the locals would accept someone from outside coming in with new ideas, but her bubbly personality makes it impossible not to warm to her immediately and she told us happily that her neighbours have welcomed her with open arms and that they support her as they would one of their own.
Some even bring her fresh produce from their fincas to use in the restaurant. The day we ate there, some people dining at another table had brought her a splendid basket with fresh organic eggs, including goose eggs.
Lunch at Maria Salinas
The day that I was there for lunch, three of the four tables on the ground floor were occupied and there was a nice buzzing atmosphere.
I was with two olive oil lovers who took great delight in admiring Maria Salinas’ extensive collection of oils. She told us that the evening tasting menu includes an olive oil tasting. Original.
The set menu at lunch time costs a mere 12€ for three courses. We could choose from creamy rice with seafood and a poached egg or a typical bean casserole for starters. The main course was chicken fillet with grilled vegetables or hake and seafood casserole.
As I don’t eat seafood, the choices were made for me, though I was told that if I wanted the fish there’d be no problem to do it without seafood. Anyhow, I stuck with the other choices.
The dishes were large and filling, elegantly presented and carefully prepared. Everything was very tasty and my chicken was perfectly cooked.
Dessert was a choice between homemade cheesecake with red fruits and honey or a chocolate chestnut cake which had just come out of the oven. How do you choose between those two? Luckily we didn’t have to as Maria said she would like us to try both so she brought out a sharing platter for us to dive into. Both were good but the honey on top of the cheesecake was divine.
We went for the house wine which was served in a beautiful jug and we noticed that all the crockery had this elegantly mismatched eating-at-your-granny’s-house kind of design adding to the overall homey feeling.
Once we’d finished eating we were led up to the brand new cosy chill-out area, which is a small intimate room with sofas, cushions and gorgeous little coffee tables.
The bill came to 62€ for the four of us including the three course lunch, the house wine, water, coffees and olives, bread and walnuts which were served as appetisers.
I don’t know many places where you can get such good value in Mallorca.
Maria Salinas also does an evening menu at the weekends which is five courses for 29€ and which I can’t wait to try.
As Maria runs this place practically on her own, it’s always a good idea to call and make sure it’s open and that there’s a free table before you go. Telephone: 663 20 54 04.
For the location in Mancor de la Vall click here.
I would like to remind you that all opinions on InMyShoesTravel are my own and I always pay my own way at restaurants. When I visited Maria Salinas there was no mention of blogs, posts or reviews.
All the photos in this post are taking from Maria Salinas Facebook page.
About the Author: Lisa, born and grew up in England, live in Mallorca, Spain... Have visited more than 20 countries, have twice as many to yet visit, love sharing experiences....