Ibiza is no longer just a tourist attraction for those chasing the bright lights and beats of the island’s world famous club scene. More and more tourists are coming to Ibiza, attracted by the growing gastronomy scene – with excellent new restaurants popping up each year. Here are my top 5 places to eat in Ibiza, Spain.
1. Es Boldado
For a real taste of the magic and mystery of Ibiza, there is no better spot than Es Bodaldo. Towering high on a cliffside and overlooking the majestic rock Es Vedra, this is a dramatic and romantic setting. The restaurant has arguably one of the best seafood menus on the island, combining freshly caught local fish with traditional dishes.
One of the most popular of these is the Bullit de Peix – a typical Ibicencan fish stew cooked with potatoes and flavoured with saffron. Or try the oven baked fish Gallo de San Pedro (John Dory), which is slow cooked to perfection every time. The restaurant is hugely popular with both locals and holidaymakers alike so advance bookings are recommended.
Bambuddha Grove near Santa Eulalia is more than restaurant, it is a dining experience. The huge sprawling space is set under a canopy of bamboo – and the central dining area dominated by a spectacular chandelier. Exotic and adventurous, the restaurant has won the prestigious Ibiza’s Best Fine Dining Award. An excellent and extensive sushi selection is complemented by a full a la carte menu. Tantalise your tastebuds with the Yellow Seabass curry, or indulge in the 5 Spice wok cooked lobster, marinated in honey and ginger and served with cashew nuts and roasted aubergine. Another eternally popular dish is the Alaskan Black Cod, soaked in miso and served with king trumpet mushrooms and roasted aubergine. A favourite haunt of visiting celebrities and flamboyant locals, a trip to Bambuddha is an absolute must for any self respecting foodie.
07840 Santa Eulalia del Río, Ibiza, Spain
+34 971 197 510 http://www.bambuddha.com/
C/ Can Pou, 4 07812 Sant Joan de Labritja (Eivissa), Spain
+34 971 32 55 43 http://www.palomaibiza.com
Playa Es Cavallet 07830 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Spain +34 971 39 54 85 http://www.elchiringuitoibiza.com
5. Cas PagesCas Pages – 0ne for the carnivores! This family run grill on the road from Santa Eulalia to San Carlos has been serving their loyal customers for decades with the highest quality cuts of meat to be found on the island. From the melt in the mouth lamb chops to the acclaimed fillet steak (solomillo) each dish is cooked to order and served with local bread and their famously strong homemade aioli (a kind of garlic mayonnaise). Friendly and welcoming with a large garden terrace, Cas Pages is a meat lover’s dream. +34 971 319 029
Ctra. San Carlos – Santa Eulalia, Km 10. Pont de S”Argentera Santa Eulalia del Rio, Ibiza, Spain + 34 971 319 029 http://caspages.es/en/
For a foodie holiday by the sea, consider Ibiza and staying in your own private villa. Ibiza Summer Villas have a wide range of private villas with pools in all locations of the island. Plus they’re a bunch of foodies themselves, so will be more than happy to help recommend and book the best places to eat, whether you are after a night of authentic Spanish tapas or stylish high end dining.