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“Surprise! The best restaurant in Menorca” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of C'an Olga

C'an Olga
Ranked #3 of 36 Restaurants in Mercadal
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New Haven, Connecticut
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74 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Surprise! The best restaurant in Menorca”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2009

Well, we were somewhat caught of guard by this place - for a lot of reasons. Es Mercadal is not exactly "bustling" at night. And this place is not exactly easy to find. But do yourself a favor - find it. The minute you step through their door, you're met with a rustic, yet tasteful and peaceful setting. The bulk of the seating is in a small interior courtyard that is very quaintly lit.

The staff was remarkably friendly and very interactive with their guests. Family-run place, through and through.

Oh, the food? Yep, top notch. Local-ish dishes, but with a distinctive culinary flair. The cod was unbelievably fresh and delicious. The suckling pig was wonderful. Everything prepared and presented perfectly. Very nice wine selection also. We couldn't possibly recommend this place enough. No matter where you're staying on the island, it's worth venturing into Es Mercadal to find this place. You won't be disappointed.

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Brighton, England
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“A delicious dining experience in Minorca”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2008

Recently stayed in Fornells for a week, and due to Johnthedog's recommendations in a different thread, we ate at the C'an Olga restaurant one evening. Well, after the (mostly) tourist trap restaurants in Fornells, this place was a delight. Although not easy to find, after asking several people we finally found it tucked in an archway, near a bridge, out of the centre of town. We were warmly welcomed into a garden restaurant set on two levels, one in the patio area and one on the terrace which overlooks a lawned area with a modern water feature in the centre. We sat in the patio and were given an iced Tio Pepe each with two tiny pastry shells filled with a delicious crab mousse. Hot bread rolls and butter were on offer also. For starters, my husband had the cold garlic soup with grapes and I had the (four king) scallops with a Modena vinegar glaze. The mains were a rack of lamb for him (eight small ones) and a leg of roast suckling pig with apple puree for me. All the food was of the highest quality, the highlight for me being the pork. Crispy skin, tender and delicious meat underneath. Also, both the mains were accompanied with dauphinoise potatoes and fresh vegetables, rather than the obligatory chips and salad dished out everywhere else we ate. We had a very nice bottle or two of red. The only disappointment was that they couldn't produce the same one as the first, and the second was pleasant but not as good. Although we would have loved to have had a sweet, we just didn't have room. Then, to our surprise, we were offered a choice of brandy, peach or apple schnapps on the house! After a very generous brandy for him and an apple schnapps for her, we tottered into the taxi, and happily went home fit to bust. If you are visiting Menorca and can get to Es Mercadal, save the pennies up, and go to C'an Olga, it's a treat worth saving up for.

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