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Restaurant Miceli, Selva, Mallorca

Some friends had warned me that we needed to book a table at Resturant Miceli in Mallorca before we even flew to the island. I would never usually do this kind of thing – I’m nowhere near organized enough – but this time I did…and I was pleased I had. Our last evening on holiday was spent on the terrace here, with views over the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.

There is no menu as such. The lovely owner comes out to give a detailed talk through (and he speaks very good English) of what is being cooked that day, based on what is fresh and available.

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The chef at work in Miceli kitchen

You can choose single courses from various options or you can go for a tasting menu – either five or six courses. We all, greedy guts that we are, opted for the six.

I say six courses but of course, as with all good tasting menus, it came book ended with various little amuse-bouches and homemade breads and finished up with truffles and petit fours. Which everyone managed.

Our meal ‘proper’ kicked off with zucchini soup with basil foam, pine nuts and grated Mallorcan cheese. It was creamy and light as air.

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Light as air zucchini soup

Next were some big, fresh from the sea, prawns – simple and fingerlickingly good.

Then lamb from a rack, with paprika, creamy mashed potato, green beans and a rich tomato sauce. The lamb was tender and full of flavour and the sauce and spice gave it kick and tanginess.

Risotto followed, made with octopus, which tasted of the sea but was not overly ‘fishy’ and worked well with the cuttlefish, which had a meaty sweetness. Both were enhanced by a creamy garlic aioli, chives and the rice, of course, which makes it practically a comfort food.

Cheeses were next – all Spanish. Our little platter included a strong, slightly salty Manchego, a soft cheese which tasted similar to Camembert and a lovely Menorcan cheese with a red wine washed rind.

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Spanish cheeses

Pud was a most excellent apricot tart with almonds and some vanilla ice cream. Miss Gallivant has a few food allergies, including a severe allergy to nuts, which can be a real worry. The restaurant was excellent about this – thoroughly reassuring me and taking down all the details when we booked. So she wasn’t allowed the tart, but instead, had a strawberry soup with mandarin sorbet. It was a satisfying substitute.

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Apricot tart, Miceli style

We left feeling pleasantly replete and, even with the recent plummet in the sterling/euro exchange rate, this must surely be a bargain at €39 euros (£33 at time of press) a head, with a very decent bottle of local wine for €16 euros (£13), too. I would highly recommend Restaurant Miceli to anyone visiting Mallorca, even if you have to make a special trip from another part of the island .

The website is at www.miceli.es. It is in Spanish only. You can book via email at reservas@miceli.es

We stayed at Ca’n Pulit, a rather lovely townhouse villa bookable through Vintage Travel and a mere hop and a skip from the restaurant. For details of that, see my write-up here.

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