Bodega Baharona is one of those places that you fall in love with right away, it has some magical charm that makes you want to stay forever...eating delicious sea food in the alley between the restaurant and a church.
Bodega Baharona is in Ses Salines, a tiny little town that was about a 15 minute drive from where we were staying in Colonia Sant Jordi. We found this restaurant kind-of by accident, and I'm so glad we did. While I was looking up activities and good beaches in Mallorca I found a sample itinerary posted by a Mallorcan on Thorn Tree (Lonely Planet's travel forum) and the author mentioned that Bodega Baharona has the best seafood on the island. I made a little note, but didn't think we would actually find the restaurant, but then, we were driving through Ses Salines on our way to a beach and I glimpsed the sign. I wasn't 100% sure it was the right place, but we decided to go back for dinner. In Spain restaurants open fairly late for dinner (compared to Canada) so we showed up a bit too early. A Spanish couple was checking their opening hours too and told us it was definitely worth coming back for.
To kill some time we drove out to see the Ses Salines light house and stopped in an artisan food store to buy some Es Trenc sea salt and Mallorcan olive oil then walked back to the restaurant. They had only been open for about 20 minutes, but almost half of the outside tables were already filled (a good sign, in my opinion). We were seated at a cosy little table and it wasn't long before we were enjoying a basket of nice, chewy rye bread with aioli and our first glasses of wine.
I knew I wanted fish, so I asked the waiter for his recommendation. He went and checked with the kitchen then came back and said the chef suggested the John Dory, it was local and super fresh. Perfecto. My plate was pretty impressive when it arrived. The whole fish had been lightly fried, then served with a pile of deep fried onion flakes on top. There weren't any sauces or spices on the fish - just a drizzle of olive oil, but it honestly didn't need anything - it was perfect in it's simplicity. The fish was mild in flavour, but so tender and buttery. I shared some with Trev, but surprised myself by almost finishing the entire thing (and some salad with a wonderful house dressing).
Super-fresh, right-out-of-the-ocean seafood is always a treat but when it's cooked so perfectly it's hard not to think that it could be one of the best meals of my life.