Country house tapas at Ca’n Bernat, Menorca

The thing about life is that every now and again, something wonderful will pop up out of nowhere.  That is exactly what happened on the day that Gusto Guides discovered Ca’n Bernat, one of our favorite Menorcan restaurants.  After a morning on the beach at Binibeca (excellent beach, turquoise water but many, many Speedos), we were hungry in that dizzy kind of way that creeps up on you when the sun is already high and the beach bar’s menu just doesn’t tickle your fancy.  We set off and – lo and behold – Ca’n Bernat appeared at the side of the road like a welcome mirage.

And, man, did we strike gold.  The family owners make you feel right at home and we make sure to visit every time we are in Menorca.  Ca’n Bernat has a bit of a cult following among British expats in the know – think Tea with Mussolini, Balearic-style – and it’s not surprising, given the awesome food, generous portions and country house atmosphere.    Choose either of the two terraces for a good sobremesa – the Spanish habit of lingering after a meal for a leisurely chat about life, the universe and everything.

The menu offers a good-value choice of local specialties, although our recommendation would be for visitors to ask about the fresh fish of the day.

To help the lunch go down, we would recommend topping off your visit with a walk to the spectacular Pre-Christian necropolis at Cales Coves, just a couple of kilometers away (but be warned, the road is seriously bumpy).  A short walk down through the woods leads you to a crystal-clear creek (great for snorkelling), overlooked by over a hundred of the hand-hewn caves dating from the Bronze age and earlier.

Our bill

Home-made rabbit liver pate

Seafood paella for two

2 Coca-colas

Total 34,50€

Paella
Nibbles on the house

Best bits

Feeling as though you had walked into a restaurant run by your grandma.  A great, classy restaurant with zero pretension.

More information:

Reaturante Ca’n Bernat

Alaior,

Carretera Maó – Cala en Porter,

Km 8,

07730

Menorca,

España

+34 971 37 72 94

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