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Hail The Quail

On the outskirts of Montuïri you can find one of the most offbeat restaurants in all of Mallorca. The place is called Son Bascós; it is really an annex to a quail farm where the Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix) is farmed, raised and bred. Some 35,000 of the small creatures are kept on the finca, with some 3,000 new quails hatching every week. The restaurant is hugely popular with the locals and is known for its chargrilled quail dishes.

Apart from Guàtleres (Castellano: Codornices), not much else is on offer, except for some Costelles de Mè (lamb chops), some Solomillo of pork and some Perdiu (partridge) in vinaigrette. The Codornices come better than you will have had them before, because they are fresher here than elsewhere and they come straight from the brasa (wood fired grill). Delicious. There are boiled quails’ eggs with all-i-oli as starters.

Prices are attractive. You can have one Guàtlera for 3.75 €, two Guàtleres for 7 €, three Guàtleres for 9.75 € or as many quails as you would want to eat for 18 €. You should give yourself a treat sometime. The restaurant is only open in the evenings, except for Sundays, when quails are also served for lunch. Tuesday is their day off. The place gets busy and it would be best to make a reservation by telephone (971.646.170).

The photo (top) was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 11th, 2010. The time was 11:53:08. The photo (bottom) was taken near Montuïri, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 8th, 2010. The time was 31:53:38.

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