Review on 1661 Cuina de Banyalbufar
1661 Cuina de Banyalbufar is a must-visit restaurant located in the heart of the Sierra Tramuntana mountain range in the lovely village of Banyalbufar, famous for its picturesque terraces built by the Moors. Its Arabic name means 'vineyard by the sea', and it was once known for its Malvasia wine, and although wine vines have been introduced again, the terraces are mostly used to grow tomatoes and vegetables.
The restaurant occupies an old Mallorcan house built in 1661 with the bistro, café and bar housed in the oldest part of the building. Contemporary artwork decorates the walls and soft furnishings use the traditional Mallorcan 'cloth of tongues'. In the evenings tables are laid formally with crisp white linen and candles provide an inviting ambience. On balmy days and evenings, it also has the added bonus of plenty of outside space to dine or enjoy a drink, sitting beneath the olive trees.
This is a family operated restaurant run by Julia Buergel and her brother Tobias, with Mum and Dad, Crista and Frank manning the stoves in the kitchen. The carte runs in tandem with the seasons and there's a real dedication to local produce including pork from Mallorcan black pigs and organic Aberdeen Angus from Son Mayol Finca. Beef carpaccio with beetroot relish and horseradish cream might be a good starting point or sea fans might prefer the fried calamari and salad. When it comes to main courses, there's Iberico pork fillet with Mediterranean vegetables and sweet potato puree or tagliatelle with fresh salmon and shrimps. Desserts are artfully displayed in the shape of coconut panna cotta with mango sorbet or apple and almond pie paired with fig ice cream.
There's a nice selection of wines to accompany the food with a focus on Mallorca and there's even some from Banyalbufar.
Crista and Frank Buergel
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00pm through until