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Sa Pedrera d’es Pujol – the best restaurant in the world got better

Sa Pedrera d'es Pujol in Menorca

Revisiting what we dubbed “the best restaurant in the world” did not come without a sizeable gulp of trepidation.

Our perfect evenings at Sa Pedrera d’es Pujol, nestling in the sleepy village of Torret on the idyllic Spanish island of Menorca, were some years ago. The restaurant has undergone some structural alterations too – would it be as good, exude the same charm, rightfully retain its place at the top of our tree?

Discovering that it is still lovingly presided over by Daniel Mora and his partner, Nuria, was the first reassurance we had when booking; the rest would all become apparent on the night.

That very occasion arrived, and our cab pulled into the driveway of the restaurant as the last of the September sunshine kissed a nearby meadow goodnight. We were immediately greeted by José, our waiter for the evening, and furnished with “special” gin and tonics. So far, so good.

The remodelling of the front of Sa Pedrera needs to be seen in the metal to appreciate it fully. Completely sympathetic to the original building, it enhances the rustic charm with cosseting but clean industrial lines, making a bold statement that this precocious child has come of age; what was excellent is now perfect.

Daniel has totally surpassed himself with his new menu, each mouthwatering delight playing the senses with the reassurance of a familiar instrument, yet one imbued with the vitality of new discoveries, never once pretentious or contrived. This master chef has an inbuilt instinct for the very best culinary adventures, effortlessly marrying flavours and textures in supreme happiness, and presenting the resultant spectacle with his signature style. All this adds up to a magnificent party of delicate indulgence on the palate, leaving you in marvellous anticipation of what’s to follow. Disappointment is out of the question.

So, in summary, is Sa Pedrera d’es Pujol still the best restaurant in the world? Well, if it’s possible, it actually got a little better. And if you have no other reason to venture to this breathtaking island than to discover this for yourself, then your efforts will be amply rewarded.


Sa Pedrera d’es Pujol
Caserío Torret
23 – Sant Lluís

Tel.: 0034 971 150 717


main image © Sa Pedrera d’es Pujol

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