Food and drink
As you might suspect, catch of the day is king in these parts, but it’s the catch from the live lobster tanks that most people come for. If non-fish eaters are among your party, a couple of token steaks keeps everyone happy.
I think we’ve established that lobster is a big deal here, especially since it’s the particularly succulent local variety. Have it any which way – grilled, soaked in butter, flambéed in brandy – or, better yet, taken in the form of their superb caldereta, an island classic of soupy rice, intense seafood stock and lobster meat.
The nautical atmosphere pervades with a general bonhomie that makes you think of sailors partying after long days at sea. It's jolly, bustling and completely unpretentious, just as fisherman's restaurants should be.
Basically it's a big, gregarious family at the helm, and that's what you get on the floor. The laid-back, no-nonsense service makes you feel like part of it.
Sa Roqueta is right on the harbour's edge in Portixol. Unfortunately, a single lane road does separate you from the sea, but the place is so cute with so much atmosphere of it doesn't matter a jot.
Fresh lobster doesn’t come cheap (nor should it), expect to splash 60 euros a head or so with wine.
Tables to book
Unless it's absolutely pouring with rain and freezing cold I like to be on the terrace (it only has four tables so booking is essential). Bring something wooly to put on your shoulders in the spring and autumn.
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss
- Chilling out