You can tell that the Balearic economy is doing well. Try getting a table at the majority of restaurants on a Sunday and you will find that if you haven't booked you will be disappointed. In some cases it isn't even worth trying. "Call after 3.30pm you might be lucky" is the standard answer if you haven't reserved. Also, it must be said that it is not cheap eating out in Majorca any more and I agree with my colleague Frank Leavers who said in a recent column that you don't get much change from 50 euros from a lunch for two.

It is a Majorcan tradition to go out for lunch on a Sunday with the family, but even this was sacrificed during the years of recession. The economy has recovered and people are back eating out. Also, there does appear to be a decline in the number of restaurants which offer the good old 'menu del dia'. I remember that it wasn't long ago that most restaurants offered this sort of cut price lunchtime menu in Palma. These days it has declined. Restaurants say that this was as a direct result of the recession. Many people could no longer afford to have lunch out at a restaurant and elected to take sandwiches to work. The economy may have recovered but the 'menu del dia' is still off the menu. However, it must be said that the variety of restaurants on offer on the island at the moment is second to none. You are certainly spoilt for choice. Prices may have risen but there are restaurants for all tastes.


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Max / Hace over 2 years

I am with Palmadave. George, go home if you want 24/7 opening. I hope we NEVER have Sunday opening here. I came here to avoid everything the UK has become. The locals (did you know?) still respect’s family day for hard working people. That said, if the hoteliers continue to get their way and the rental legislation really kicks in, unfortunately our hosts may work on Sundays. Bottom line to any expat, though, GO HOME if you don’t like local norms. It’s not your island.


Steve Riches / Hace over 2 years

You must be paid too much Jason! Midweek I can still get a cracking good 3-course menu del dia with a bottle of wine for just under €10, but admittedly Sundays cost 25% more than that.


S. / Hace over 2 years

One of my pleasures and delights in Mallorca is The Menu del Dia. Throughout the CLOSED Urbanisations of the Island, those restaurants in the Ghost Towns ,that open, rely heavily on The Menu del Dia for trade and income. At least €50 for a meal for Two, is a MDD for those who are Financially well placed, are earning during the Winter, and not retired British Pensioners relying on an ever flling Euro Exchange Rate.


George / Hace over 2 years

Dear Palmadave,

What an old fashioned, selfish attitude you have. You expect all your restaurant staff to work on a Sunday and serve you your wine and roast beef. Oh boy are you stuck in the dark ages.


Palmadave / Hace over 2 years

George, If you want 7 day shopping go and live in the UK. I came to Palma to escape the never ending UK turmoil.


Bill / Hace over 2 years

We agree, there are great restaurants around the island, in particular in the north of the island around Mallorca’s property hot spots of Sa Pobla, Buger.


George / Hace over 2 years

When will shops open on a Sunday. The unemployment levels in Spain would reduce instantly. Le Roy’s, Ikea, Fan shopping, also the indoor swimming pools should all be open and trading. This is 2018.