A family affair at Can Tanu (Fornells)

You would think that the market on fresh seafood is covered in Fornells, the idyllic fishing village in the North of Menorca that sits on a crystal-clear sea creek.  The few streets of this little town are lined with restaurants offering the freshest fish, the most authentic recipes and the best place to watch the world go by – including the superb S’Ancora.

But Can Tanu was a welcome discovery for Team Gusto, and a place we would never have discovered had it not been for the recommendation of Caterina, the owner of S’Ancora.

Run by Pilar, the daughter-in-law of Toni Tanu (who you may remeber from this post), Can Tanu is a tiny restaurant and bakery offering delicious family recipes, many of which feature fish caught by Pilar’s husband.  Pilar herself starts every day at 6am, selling her husband’s fish at the family fish stall in Mahon, the Pescaderia Anglada.

After trying Mahon mussels (cooked live with a little parsley and garlic) and delicious home made croquetas with fish and sobrasada -see pictures below-, we tried the Panadera Pescado – a local favourite fish dish that we had somehow never come across before.

can tanu mejillones

can tanu croquetas

As the panadera (E13-16/person) is the product of a fairly lengthy process, this dish needs to be ordered the night before (the same goes for Pilar’s caldereta, fideua, paella and arroz negro).  The night before, Pilar prepares the base sofrito (tomato, herbs and spices) and fish before leaving it to develop overnight.  The next day, the potatoes are added to finish off this hearty dish.

can tanu panadera

Panadera Pescado

For afters, we ordered coffee (dessert? after all that?  You must be kidding!), which came accompanied by pastissets made to Pilar’s mother-in-law’s recipe.  ‘You won’t find better anywhere!’ says Pilar.  She’s right.

can tanu pastas

More information

Address: Can Tanu, C/Major, 16, Fornells, Menorca

Tel: +34 971 376 407 or +34 619 682 866

Email: info@cantanu.com

Web: www.cantanu.com

can tanu menu

can tanu terraza

Update (2017): 

We love having the chance to revisit places we’ve featured on Gusto Guides, and Can Tanu is no exception.  We had the fideua this time, and rate it as one of the best things we’ve eaten all year (and we’ve eaten A LOT this year).

Can Tanu is still in the same place in the middle of Fornells and despite its burgeoning reputation, they are still running a tight ship with great service and spot-on food (and the mini pomada on the house for afters certainly didn’t hurt).  This is still great value for money, and a generous lunch came in at under 40 Euros for two.

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