Restaurante Es Verger
Don’t visit Mallórca without eating here. Rick Stein has and David Ritchie, a true food lover and ‘cociñero estupendo’ [great cook], has also eaten here and both give it their commendation. David writes: If like me you like lamb, then this is the place for you. The restaurant is halfway up a mountain, just underneath Alaró Castle at Es Verger and from here you will get truly spectacular views. Get someone else to do the drive up and down and that way you can sit back and just enjoy the sheer magic of the journey.
The reason most people come to this place is to eat lamb, shoulder or leg, cooked in the largest bread oven I’ve ever seen by the grandmother. She produces hundreds of covers weekly in the summer season. If you don’t like lamb in a truly wonderful environment, bring a stale cheese sandwich, you’ll deserve that.
Don’t go without booking or you may have a long wait to be seated. Take my word. This food experience is well worth the reasonably short journey. The sheep and lambs you see around the place are for tourists to photograph and are never on the menu.
So enjoy a wonderful Mallórcan gastronomic experience with a clear conscience in a traditional farm setting where the buildings are genuine traditional farm buildings. A visit here fills a day’s activities. After you dined in heaven you’ll only wish to have a siesta and remember just how good it all was, such as the complete wonderfulness of this place and food.
Restaurante Es Verger
Address: Camino del Castillo de Alaró, s/n, 07340 Alaró, Illes Balears
Hours: Open between 7:30AM–8PM Closed: Mondays
Phone: 971 18 21 26
THE RESTAURANT DOES NOT TAKE BANK CARDS. BRING CASH.(2016)
A scenic walk for 2.5 – 3 hours before lunch.
Castell d’Alaro 815m above sea level. It is one of the three rocky castles of Mallorca (Castell del Santuari in Felanitx and Castell del Rei in Pollença are the other two) that served as defense and protection of the island.
The Castell de Alaro, as well as Restaurante Es Verger, is clearly marked from the center of the Alaro town. Included here are the informative, Castell Alaro website including a few different walks to the top.
There is also a guesthouse that is open all year. More info here.