Ibiza may be the clubbing capital of the world but the food scene is fast becoming a reason to rival music for visiting our stunning island. World famous eateries are arriving every season and many independent operators have stepped up to the hot plate and delivered the most amazing dining experiences in recent years. Whether you are looking for a delicious meal in simple, authentic surroundings or whether you want to feel like a movie star, Ibiza is the place to come.
As a clubbing generation moves on but still wants to maintain its connection with the island that defined its adulthood, thoughts turn away from sweaty clubs and towards beach locations, cool parties, that finish not to late and eating out. It is the latter that has moved us to create this restaurant platform, an homage to the numerous food operators that have really accepted the challenge of catering to this generation and who have well and truly placed Ibiza on the food map. Over the course of the year we will be featuring some of the finest establishments on the island, giving you the chance to take notes and plan your next visit as we unearth some of the gems that has the islands mouths watering.
Savannah is the younger sister of the world famous sunset bar Caf� Mambo. Located at the opposite end of the sunset strip to Mambo, Savannah offers a completely difference experience than its older sibling. While Mambo is instantly recognised throughout the world, Savannah has quietly but confidently gone about its business, refusing to trade on the popularity of its older sister, preferring instead to build a loyal fan base of its own, people who love the tranquillity it delivers for its sunset session, peoplethat enjoy fine dining al fresco, people who love a delicious cocktail and also people who, when the suns goes down, like nothing better than enjoying the finest beats delivered in an intimate surrounds though an amazing sound system.
One of the newest additions to the line-up is Caf� Bondi in San Antonio, which has a menu laden with organic produce and lip-smackingly tasty, hearty fare. Bondi has a prime location by the fountains in San Antonio’s busy main square – head for the Egg and you’ll find it just behind, in and among that whole row of restaurants. But Bondi stands out from the crowd because it offers something entirely new for that area – it’s been built around the knowledge that increasingly, people care about the quality of what they put into their bodies, and so the menu is designed based on organically sourced, local food that’s loaded with vitamins and minerals. And yes they still sell things like English breakfasts, but the beans are organic and the meat will be from a local farm – and it’s these little touches that make all the difference.
R Bar is where guests check in to the Es Retiro, Micalo and Flores hostels, San An’s new line in Balearic hostelling run by Javi Ramos and Bo Stewart. The ‘R’ in R Bar must surely stand for ravenous, with its chic pool area and outdoor cocktail bar, San Antonio’s only authentic Argentine BBQ and a taste bud tingling menu of beefy burgers, beautiful bocadillos and celebrity salads. Decked out in black and white, this brand new hangout is the perfect suntrap with a fantastic post-rave menu day and night.
Ocean Beach Club has enjoyed a successful opening season, grabbing headlines through some amazing parties around its stunning pool. While there is no doubting that the level of entertainment has been worthy of the accolades, the Pearl restaurant has gone about its business and, in some ways, has been overlooked in favour of the main area.
Located at the very end of Marina Ibiza, Sa Calma looks directly across to the Dalt Villa and over 2000 years of Ibiza history. You can also see the ongoing renovations of the old port, where previously fishing boats and huge car and passenger ferries would dock, but where, in the near future even more of the world’s biggest super yachts can anchor. The restaurant is popular with Ibiza residents and tourists during the summer but becomes the hub of local activity when the season ends. A traditional Spanish menu, with hearty portions and value for money is one of the corner stones of its success, a recent refurbishment saw the terrace developed to offer an amazing spot for food or drink, where the stunning view and the passing ships make for a dramatic backdrop to your experience. Sa Calma is one of those Ibiza venues that is busy all year round, there’s a full staff on making sure that the lunch trade goes smoothly, which explains how slick the service normally is in the summer, they have been preparing all year round and never actually get quiet!
Located at the end of Sunset Strip in San Antonio stands SushiMambo, the brand new dining concept from the Mambo group that employs the Nikkei cuisine blending Japanese and Peruvian cooking traditions to produce one of the most mouthwatering menus on the island. Launched in 2014, SushiMambo wasted no time in capturing the imagination of foodies on and off the island, becoming one of the must-visit eateries of the summer. With an ideal location for witnessing the world famous Ibiza sunset and a menu that incorporates combinations that explode onto your taste buds, SushiMambo is yet another exciting food concept that now calls Ibiza home.
Elements and Benirras beach is a match made in heaven; the stunning restaurant, juice bar, boutique offers the perfect place to chill out at any part of your day, whether you are early morning swimmers grabbing a coffee and breakfast after your dip, escaping the heat of the midday sun for lunch or enjoying a dinner in dramatic surroundings after the sun has gone down, there are few experiences on the island to match it. Elements is much more than a cool venue in the right location, however, the warm, family greeting that meets all who find it is one of the reasons that it has become one of the most popular destinations in Ibiza. It also has a busy weekly evening schedule during the summer, making it a great pre-party place to visit, from the legendary Tuesday night Flower Power party to the Pin Up dinner every Thursday. There are early morning yoga classes to be had also, if you prefer to be active in the daylight hours. Benirras offers one of the most amazing sunset viewings on the island, with the sun disappearing below the horizon with the iconic rock in the forefront. Sunday in Benirras also offers a unique experience as the drummers descend from all over the island to play and the daily market is a popular beach attraction. There are countless reasons to visit Elements for the first time and once you have, you will be back.
Set in the bustling heart of Santa Gertrudis, Bistro Plaza is one of the village’s finest restaurant offerings – its picturesque courtyard is illuminated by twinkling lights; husky-voiced chanteuses seduce diners over the speakers, and an unmistakable essence of French-ness punctuates the air. You feel a bit like you’ve been transported back to the 1940s; like you should be wearing a pencil skirt, birdcage hat and smoking with a cigarette holder. The whole set-up exudes classic French chic, and if you give yourself a second to savour the moment, you’d be forgiven for forgetting you were in Ibiza.
Nestled in the stunning bay of Cala Nova, brand new Ibiza restaurant Aiyanna exudes easy-going charm and boho chic; the concept fuses carefully designed -yet not overly polished – interiors with an appreciation for the simple pleasure in life and an outstanding culinary offering. A sister venue to the hugely popular Amante Ibiza beach club, Aiyanna was created by the same artisan team behind the successful restaurant and bar, whose keen eye for understated but eye-catching details and warm hospitality has turned Amante into one of the most revered addresses on the island.