Upon first appearance, El Pilon looks like a good quality restaurant... Tucked away from Passeg de Bom, the restaurant has a welcoming entrance with seafood theme and fresh decor inside. The menu was quite expensive when compared to other restaurants in Mallorca.
We decided upon a jug of cava sangria to share, a garlic bread to share and we both ordered grilled swordfish. The cava sangria was served and tasted like a sangria severely weakened and sweetened by lemonade. There appeared to be no alcohol in this jug. Our garlic bread came next and was lovely. We would have no hesitations recommending this dish.
Within a minute of finishing the entree, the main was plated. Our grilled swordfish was served with a potato, salad and vegetables. The swordfish (which is generally a beautiful fish to eat) was tasteless and overcooked. The vegetables which looked as though they came out of a frozen packet, were also overcooked. The salad was not fresh and the potato was dry as though it had been cooked in the morning and reheated prior to serving. After a taste of the items on the place, we deemed the rest inedible.
During the course of the meal our supposed cava sangria was constantly refilled. After 3 glasses each we confirmed that there was absolutely no alcohol in this jug.
We expressed our disappointment with the staff, and thankfully the manager was kind enough to not charge us for the two mains.
Despite this, we were still charged 23Eu for a garlic bread and alcohol-free sangria. A real disappointment after our travels through Spain, where the food on the whole, has been of reasonable quality.
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