Ibiza is so well known for the party scene, but I got to know a completely different aspect of this beautiful island when I visited last month for a few days.
Thanks to the warm climate, fertile countryside and sea air, the land here is perfect for growing a variety of crops and consequently the restaurant scene is beginning to flourish with talented chefs flocking here from all over the globe to use the produce and enjoy the idyllic way of life.
I was lucky enough to try a few of the island’s best eateries during my stay… below I’ve listed a few of my favourites and why they are worth trying.
Though most people stay out in remote villas, the old town of Ibiza is a lovely place to wander round and enjoy a meal. For quick and delicious tapas head to La Cava. We sat outside on the terrace and enjoyed the midday rays whilst feasting on a range of vibrant small plates. The menu here represents the different elements of Ibiza: the land, sea, and gardens. Order a glass of Spanish wine to accompany your food, our favourites from the menu included the Roasted vegetables with black garlic Romanesco sauce, Creamy leek croquettes and Roasted and glazed Black pig rib.
Also in town is El Portalon, the brilliant restaurant from chef, organic farmer and author Anne Sijmonsbergen. This stylish eatery is leading the culinary scene in Ibiza serving organic and sustainable food, with plenty of heart and passion. In the high season El Portalon opens for both lunch and dinner, but is only open in the evening in the quieter months. We loved our dinner here, every plate of food was inventive and delicious. A blackboard displays the ever-changing seasonal menu, offering a range of exceptional meat, fish and vegetarian options (they usually manage to cater for vegans too). Ibizan burrata with sautéed fava beans, asparagus & toasted cumin was a stand-out dish for me, the most delicate creamy soft cheese was paired with intense spices and lovely vegetables. I also fondly remember the homemade pasta and fresh seafood.
For destination dining I urge you to visit the Ibiza Food Studio by ex-Noma chef Boris Buono. This amazing foodie retreat is found amongst the countryside at Boris’ home. At Ibiza Food Studio he hosts private groups or individual bookings, and whatever the occasion he ensures his visitors always have an unforgettable meal. At lunchtimes Boris often uses the pizza oven to prepare light and casual meals, at dinner a spontaneous tasting menu is on offer. Boris uses the freshest produce and indigenous ingredients to create innovative and magical plates of food. Highlights from our meal included an intense tomato gazpacho, roasted fish and fruity fresh desserts. There are also rooms if you fancy rolling into bed after a Boris feast!
For beachside culinary charm I recommend Cala Gracioneta El Chiringuito, nearby to Hostal La Torre. This sprawling restaurant offers idyllic views out over the quaint cove. The menu is quite pricey but the portion sizes are huge, so I recommend two starters and one main course between two. This rustic restaurant offers the ultimate island comfort food… we gorged on juicy calamari and high quality steak cooked to perfection on the grill.
I travelled around the island with Avant Car Ibiza.