Majorca! In the UK, it conjures up images of riotous parties, all day breakfasts and people who should really know better. However, if you escape from Magaluf, Palma and the surrounds to head to the North East of the Island you find a very different vibe – one that I rather like.
Canyamel is an unspoilt bay with only about 5 or 6 hotels and a lovely golden beach. Popular with Spanish and German tourists, major tour operators have yet to find it and it benefits from this relative in attention.
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One of my favourite is the Cap Vermell Beach Hotel Most recently, I ventured in with my parents who are in their 60s and a friend of mine who was visiting the area. Having enjoyed a couple of Mojitos on at the Bar on the far end of the hotel, we weaved our way to our table which overlooked the bay which was just starting to get dark – truly magnificent.
The food at Vintage 1934 is modern European but pays homage to Majorca – its ingredients and heritage. As we perused the menu, the amuse bouches arrived – butternut squash soup with a quail egg balanced on top. It was thoroughly refreshing and reminded us not only that we were hungry but that my friend was a vegetarian (a preference the menu did not seem to cater for).
However, on ordering, the staff could not have been more accommodating and we were soon dipping into a glorious selection of starters. I chose Anchovies and trampo (Majorcan fresh salad) which was a little salty (yes, I know they are anchovies) but otherwise very tasty.
Other starters included Cod Carpaccio with rocket salad and roe (slightly odd consistency) as well as mango gazpacho. The food served at Vintage 1934 nudges haute cuisine and is utterly beautiful with good portions.
For mains we chose Beef fillet with balsamic onions and foie, risotto with asparagus and tender beans, Turbot on mushrooms, artichokes and beet puree. Seabass at low temperature on venere rice and leeks foam was the final choice.
I had the Beef fillet which was cooked to perfection with the excellent quality meat complemented by the generous slice of foie. Despite being fairly certain by dinner companions liked me, I was not allowed to try their main dishes – a testimony I suppose to their tasty nature.
Desert was coffee and liquors as we gazed over the bay in a fully food sated coma! So would I return? I love this hotel and the Maitre’d deserves a special mention for simply being so very lovely and friendly but I do wonder if perhaps the food needs a review to ensure that rather than resting on its laurels, it measures up to the setting.
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