Es Verger - Best lamb Restaurant

20 March 2019

Es Verger #

Best lamb EVER in Alar贸

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Up a long mountain road, full of treacherous switchbacks and steep drops, climbing to dizzying heights from the base of the Tramuntana foothills on the outskirts of Alar贸, you鈥檇 expect to find nature in all its glorious forms. You expect sheep and goats crossing willy-nilly at various points. You may even expect to find a few stray walkers or cyclists along the way. What you don鈥檛 expect to find is a popular local restaurant with seriously excellent, down-to-earth food. But that鈥檚 exactly what you鈥檒l find at Es Verger.

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Famous Eats #

A few years ago, British TV chef Rick Stein went on record, saying he鈥檇 found a small Mallorcan restaurant that served 鈥渢he best lamb I鈥檝e ever tasted.鈥 These six little words put this tiny establishment located halfway up the Puig de Alar贸 on the map. Locals have mixed feelings about his proclamation. Some feel he 鈥渞uined鈥 the place by pointing hordes of tourists in its direction. But even those people agree, Mr. Stein鈥檚 endorsement led the way to one of Mallorca鈥檚 best kept secrets being let out. And boy, are we glad!

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Typically Mallorcan #

The drive up, as earlier pointed out, is a bit harrowing, so it separates the wheat from the chafe, so to speak. You really have to want to go. Once there, though, you鈥檒l find a large parking area across from the restaurant. Note that it is also used by walkers heading to the castle, so consider this in your plans, knowing weekends can be crowded. The restaurant itself is what I鈥檇 politely call 鈥渞ustic鈥. It has a charm about it, with baskets and farming tools hanging from the walls and ceilings, and old tables placed a little too close together downstairs, and a more modern, but less attractive, setup upstairs. It's cosy in winter, but on fine days, eating outdoors is the better option. It鈥檚 normal to have a flock of sheep pass by your table, and the view is magnificent


Now that you鈥檝e got a visual of the place, let鈥檚 get to the meat of things. The lamb. There are two choices on this front: the ribs or the shoulder. Go for the shoulder (paletilla). Cooked in a wood oven, it is succulent and we found the portion to be generous. Served with a small salad and potatoes, it鈥檚 a perfect Sunday (or any day!) meal.

The lamb isn鈥檛 the only thing on the menu. There are soups, salads, fish, and local specialities, as well, so even if you鈥檙e not a lamb-lover, you鈥檙e sure to find something that suits!

ES VERGER is located at:

Camino del Castell, 07340 Alar贸

+34 971 18 21 26

Closed Mondays

20 March, 2019

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