Friday, October 20, 2006

Bar 51/2, Porto Colom, Majorca

Buddha Belly Eats was established for ordinary people who are looking to find somewhere to eat and drink well primarily in Scotland. However, there are some special moments and special places that have challenged the Buddha Belly’s original thinking and whilst holidaying on the beautiful island of Majorca the Buddha Belly had the fortunate experience to visit a small pub in the town of Porto Colom.

As regular readers of Buddha Belly Eats will be aware, the Buddha Belly is rather partial to one or two cold beers. And, as he meandered along the fantastic sea front of the bay of Porto Colom his throat had become extremely dry and parched. Even on sunny autumn days the temperature in Majorca can reach 26C and nothing quenches the thirst like a cold beer. So looking for the nearest pub, the Buddha Belly spied Bar 51/2 and found a table outside that offered a relaxed and a casual atmosphere with stunning views of Porto Colom.

The staff at Bar 51/2 were extremely friendly and attentive, although they had limited English they found it easy to communicate with the Buddha Belly. The order “Dos cerveza por favor” was met with a knowing nod and the beers duly arrived at the table. The beer served in Bar 51/2 is cool, crisp, and refreshing San Miguel, although the Buddha Belly was later to discover that they also sell Kronenberg 1664 on draught. The Buddha Belly can just visualise his brother in law booking the next flight to Majorca.

The Buddha Belly believes that you can tell a good place to eat and drink when the local inhabitants use it as their own. Bar 51/2 is such a place and the Buddha Belly was privileged to observe Majorcan life as the locals took part in the tapeo. The eating of tapas is distinctively Spanish and for some it is a way of life. The Buddha Belly ordered a number of tapas and was immediately smitten by the fantastic flavours of Majorcan tapas prepared and served by Bar 51/2. The next couple of hours were pure bliss. Sitting outside, beer in hand, eating tapas and watching the world go by. The tapas the Buddha Belly consumed included house potatoes (Patatas Caseras), fried squid (Calamares Fritos) served with slices of lemon, mixed olives (Aceitunas Mixtas) served with marinated with peppers, onion and lemon and small potato croquettes (Croquettes de Patatas) served with garlic mayonnaise.

The Buddha Belly enjoyed the beer and tapas to such an extent that he became a regular visitor to Bar 51/2. If you ever have to good fortune to visit Porto Colom then go in search of Bar 51/2. You will not be disappointed.

Contact Details:
Bar 51/2
C/. Trafalgar
Residencial Garau
Bajos 07670
Porto Colom


Paz said...

I'd love to taste their tapas.


Jose Maria said...

May I suggest that the Buddha Belly give a try to "spanish iberian ham" on his next trip to Spain. It is the caviar of meats, VERY expensive but something else.
More about spanish iberian ham here.

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