This summer catch a few rays as you discover the great restaurant scene in Palma de Mallorca, ( one of Spain’s top food destinations. As the capital city of the island of Mallorca, there are no prizes for guessing that seafood features on most menus. Giant prawns, crabs, lobsters, crayfish and fish, you name it and you’ll find it. Work up an appetite at the beach or as you discover the historic centre of this beautiful town which has seen the Phoenicians, Romans and Moors pass though over the millennia.

One of my favourite restaurants is Simply Fosh. (  Chef Marc Fosh has been bringing great cuisine to Palma de Mallorca for over a decade. Housed in what was once a monastery the restaurant has indoor seating, but you’ll want to make sure you get a table in the garden courtyard which is one of the city’s most delightful spots for dining. Highlights from the menu include grilled sardines with green apple and fennel jelly, or the succulent baked hake which comes with a herb crust and crunchy asparagus spears on the side. Heading the dessert menu is a fruit that isn’t seen much in Spain. Rhubarb is slow-cooked at 60ºC and then served chilled with Kefir sorbet.

Providing a casual dining experience is Es Mollett (2 Calle Contramuelle, tel. 971 719 871) It’s the restaurant’s location – right next to the fish market – that gives you the chance to enjoy some of the freshest seafood in the city. Start off with a platter of king prawns, razor clams, oysters, crayfish and small spider crabs. All they need is a squeeze of lemon and they’re ready to be enjoyed. The fresh fish is laid out on ice and when you’re ready you choose you own, pay by weight and then let the kitchen staff cook it to your liking. They’ll advise whether it’s best grilled, crumbed, fried or baked. There are plenty of nicely chilled white wines available. One of my favourites is the sparkling El Pescador.

Nights are made for having fun in Palma, and you shouldn’t go home without having at least one drink at Abaco. ( While the cocktails are excellent, it’s the setting, in a restored 18th-century mansion right in the city centre, that makes this experience so unique. Abaco’s interior is filled to overflowing with fresh fruits and flowers placed artistically around the sofas. There is also a delightful walled-garden, complete with splashing fountain, where you can sit and catch the breeze. The long list of cocktails includes icy daiquiris made with fresh fruits. Those who feel hunger strike late at night can order a selection of fresh tropical fruits served with homemade ice-creams.