Can you imagine the indulgence of spending two or three leisurely hours over breakfast with uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean seas? Well nor could I until I recently visited the Hospes Maricel and Spa Hotel to try their Best Breakfast in the World as voted by gastronomy critics at the second Madrid Fusion summit.
This stylish 5-star hotel sitting grandly on a cliff top position south west of Palma feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle, yet its only minutes away from the centre of the city.
Originally a gracious sea-side villa, the building was lovingly restored in majestic mid -18th century neo-classical style with noble columns and stone arcades carefully framing those amazing views of the sparkling Mediterranean sea.
The hotel has recently enjoyed popular status as one of the ´location´shoots for the very popular BBC dramatisation of John le Carre´s novel ´The Night Manager `.
But back to The Best Breakfast in the World. A gastronomic journey comprising seven courses served either inside in the Maricel Restaurant with floor to ceiling windows allowing a full Mediterranean vista or outside on the sublime terrace, weather permitting.
We were welcomed by Juan Pedro our waiter who epitomises the kind of service staff that every establishment yearns for. He is attentive, informative and humorous and made our experience that little bit special.
The first course is a gentle welcome of lychee, blackberry, and green apple juices followed swiftly by our second course, pretty as a picture, of seven shot glasses on a plate comprising such delicacies as cinnamon rice pudding, the tiniest banofee and raspberry and blackberry yogurt.
Next we were served what initially appeared more traditonal, a plate of toasted soldiers, but with a twist. Each of the five butters on the side were flavoured with, for example pistachio, bacon and raspberry.
Time for a short recess and a coffee was suggested. Course four was a plated selection of treats such as coca Mallorqui ( a small pizza like bite ),toasted brie and tomato finger sandwich (not out of place at The Ritz), mini ensaimadas, a prawn and roasted tomato pintxo and the tiniest of Catalunya ´katafi`sausage wrapped in toasted angel hair pasta.
Course five was a poached egg in a pumpkin jus with roasted mushroom served with ´black pudding bread´on the side and a delicious glass of crisp white wine. Course six is the sweetest of courses and signaled that sadly we were coming towards the end with an offering of a handmade chocolate ´Chuppa chup` and a very chic brownie.
To round off we were offered a selection of digestives such as a mini cappuchino and a chocolate and curry shot.
The `Best Breakfast in the World´ is €48.00 per head. Some might say it is an extravagance but we can all find an excuse for that special occasion, whatever the Mallorcan weather. To enjoy this journey of the senses at your leisure, you need to allow 2 to 3 hours.
You need to reserve a table about a day in advance.
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