Pride, integrity, ambition, passion, and love. These words, in flowing script, are framed on the wall just inside mymuybueno Deli in Palma. Justine Murphy – this eatery’s dynamic English owner – lives and works by these values. They make a positive contribution to the experience of visiting this eatery, which opened in October 2017 to become the fifth division of Justine’s expanding mymuybueno company.
mymuybueno Deli is a super-healthy option for eating out in the heart of Mallorca’s capital: everything is made in-house, free of gluten, dairy, eggs, and refined sugar. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, or a coeliac, you can eat here appropriately with confidence.
Justine is not vegan or vegetarian. But she is a passionate foodie and experienced chef – aware of the increasing demand for healthier, more restorative food. She also has the culinary expertise to adapt recipes accordingly, without sacrificing flavour and texture. Pregnancy and motherhood were the catalysts to boost the nutritional value of what she fed her family and eliminate the effects of processed sugar on her little boys. It took two years to create and perfect the recipes for her new deli dishes, which her young sons taste-tested for their yumminess.
mymuybueno Deli feels like an oasis right in the heart of Palma – partly because it’s above street level. It’s opposite the main Correos building, just off the Borne, and above Engel & Völkers’ real-estate office. Look up and you’ll see tables and chairs on the front of the building’s wrap-around terrace.
A curved stone staircase on the corner of the block leads to the deli – a spotlessly clean modern space, with abundant natural light. The use of blue-and-white ‘cloth-of-tongues’ fabric gives an attractive traditional Mallorcan touch. The place feels welcoming and homely.
The Boss and I ordered our lunch dishes at the counter, where some of the tempting food is displayed behind glass. The friendly young woman behind the counter gave us a numbered wooden spoon (for identification when she brought us the food) and invited us to find a place to sit.
The cosy corner opposite the counter being already occupied, we sat in the adjoining cookery school at tall stools by the window. Another seating option here is the large wooden table and chairs – ideal for families or groups.
What we ate and drank
The Boss chose the off-menu hot ‘special’ of lentil Bolognese – made with sun-dried tomatoes for a kick of umami. He ate it with brown-rice pasta and cashew-nut ‘Parmesan’ with added nutritional yeast for cheese-like flavour. His verdict? ‘Really tasty – and very satisfying for a dish without meat.’
I chose the menu’s popular Brunch/Lunch Bowl – think Buddha bowl – available to eat in or take out between 11am and 3pm. I could select four items from the several tempting possibilities displayed behind glass on the counter. My colourful choices of slow-roasted tomatoes, avocado smash, roasted peppers, and cauliflower golden-roasted with turmeric were neatly presented in an attractive bowl.
With more than 163,000 people following the various mymuybueno Instagram accounts, Justine understandably places great importance on the visual appeal of every dish – as well as its flavour, texture, and nutritional value.
Guilt-free raw dessert? These are displayed like tantalising jewels in a glass cabinet. I must confess that I’ve tried a few of these during previous visits for a quick coffee or tea, but the delectable salted-caramel one has bewitched my taste buds. What’s not to love about nutrient-rich Medjool dates, raw cacao, and macadamias, combined into a rich sensory pleasure like this?
The Boss chose one of the daily bakes: pecan pie – another naturally sweet treat – to have with a mug of good hot chocolate. I ended our satisfying and satisfyingly healthy lunch with an americano coffee…and a forkful of pecan pie.
If you like food that’s home-made, delicious, and nutritious – free from gluten, dairy, eggs, and refined sugar – I can recommend mymuybueno Deli as a daytime eating-out option in Palma. It offers food and drinks (including raw cold-pressed juices) suitable for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and healthy snacks.
We paid 41,50€ in total for our two lunches, including drinks.
Good to know:
Anyone with mobility problems may find access difficult, as there is no lift.
The adjoining cookery school is offering a variety of one-day and longer courses throughout the year.
mymuybueno Deli is open Monday to Saturday from 8am until 6pm.
Written by Jan Edwards
About the author
Jan is an English freelance writer, blogger, and radio broadcaster, who moved from Oxfordshire to Mallorca in 2004. She and her husband – aka The Boss – have since lived in rural tranquillity in a solar-electricity-powered finca near Manacor. They share their property with eight cats – only one of which moved to the island with them.
A former BBC local radio presenter, Jan hosts a weekly show on the English-language station Mallorca Sunshine Radio.
Jan has had numerous Mallorca-related articles published in print and online. She also blogs about her country life on www.livinginruralmallorca.com and two favourite subjects – gastronomy and hospitality – on www.eatdrinksleepmallorca.com. She has had several short stories published and is currently writing a novel.