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  1. Eat Like a Local. Enjoy a 3 Course Meal of Traditional Ibicenco Food.

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    Ibiza is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in Spain. A true paradise of spectacular beaches, hidden coves, dream landscapes and breathtaking sunsets. But where does it’s gastronomy sit in all this? Luckily, the culinary delights of Ibizan gastronomy are no exception.

    Let’s discover our top 3 island’s gastronomic delights – food you should try at least once before leaving Ibiza. Trust us.

    1) Starter – Ensalada Payesa

    Made with potatoes, roasted peppers and boiled eggs, combined with sliced onions, fresh tomatoes and olives, this dish is the perfect fresh starter in hot summer days.

    2) Main course – Bullit De Peix

    One of the most representative dishes of the Ibizan cuisine and a very traditional treat  for any fish lover. It’s consists of two big dishes, so make sure to go there with a big appetite! The first dish is a stew made with several varieties of fish (usually grouper, scorpion fish, john dory, sea bream, monkfish…but mainly depends from the catch of the day), these are covered with a soft saffron and served with potatoes or vegetables. The broth is set aside to make ‘arroz a banda’ as a second dish.  Both, the ‘bullit’ and the ‘arroz a banda’ are served with aioli, lightened by mixing it with a little bit of fish broth before serving it on the plate. Each restaurant offers a slightly different version, so we encourage you to try this dish to believe it.

    Eat it in El Carmen and see from there the sunset is an unbeatable plan. By the way, El Bigote in Cala Mastella prepares a really spectacular Bullit De Peix – probably one of the best on the island, so if you want to go there, make sure to book far in advance.

    3) Desserts – Flaó

    Flaó is a traditional dessert made on a dough base and filled with eggs, fresh cheese (or cottage cheese), aniseed and mint leaves. Although formerly reserved for Easter, it is now one of the fixed deserts in most restaurants throughout the year.

     

    Image courtesy of  santjosep.net

  2. New Restaurants & Beach Clubs – Ibiza 2016

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    Ok, so you might be thinking a ‘new for 2016’ blog post is a bit slow off the mark in the heady days of August. Well you’re not wrong, but there’s been a string of fairly late openings as licences and building works take longer than any nervous restaurant owner might expect…and we’ve been a little busy reviewing! Anyway, here are five brand new restaurants that (might) be worth checking out on your holidays this August;
     

     

    Cala Bonita

     

    The enchanting bay of S’estanyol has always been one of Ibiza’s coolest and not-so-well-known spots. There is just a single beach restaurant there and it’s been a favourite amongst locals for private parties and skinny dips for years. The restaurant has just been taken over by a new team, headed up by Australian TV celebrity chef Karen Martini. She has a string of awards and credits to her name from ‘down under’ and the menu at Cala Bonita looks great with the focus on Mediterranean flavours using local organic produce. We haven’t eaten here ourselves yet but we will be driving down S’estanyol’s bumpy track very soon. The reports are of mouth watering food at eye watering prices. Service levels tbc.
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    Can Bass

     

    Opening a restaurant next to a main road can be a recipe for disaster but perhaps not so in Ibiza. Can Bass opened up in June at km7 on the Ibiza /San Jose road. With the help of a fair few containers of teak furniture from Bali , a good effort has been made at making some intimate areas creating a nice atmosphere. It’s a surprisingly big place. When we ate here the menu was interesting but not complicated. It has a Spanish Mediterranean theme with a lot of variety. The food was decent, the service willing and the prices surprisingly good (year one strategy perhaps). Some kid friendly options on the menu too. It’s probably not worth driving across the island to, but if you are in this area for dinner then we thoroughly recommend it. It might be the next km5. Best of luck to the Basque owners.
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    Coricancha

     

    The Blue Marlin Group have just opened up their latest venture on the road across the salt lakes to Salinas. It’s a Japanese Peruvian Nikkei restaurant. They have worked very hard to deliver the theme from menu to decor. It’s a pretty spot and you really can see the flamingoes in the salt lakes (if you have good eyesight). The service was excellent and staff were evangelical about the ingredients and the dishes. But this can be a double edged sword. The bar of expectation is set very high when you are briefed on the food so professionally. It was tasty but not everything hits expectation . Great Ceviche, great desserts , main courses disappointing. We will be returning once they have settled in a bit more
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    IT in Cala Moli

     

    On the back of the success of IT in Marina Botafoch (a fantastic modern Italian restaurant which we love ) , IT have taken over the beach club at Cala Moli. It’s the only restaurant in this pretty west coast bay and it even has a swimming pool. So, the fundamental ingredients were there for something special and it was only a matter of time before someone grabbed one of the last great beach club opportunities on the island. The new owners have done a great job and the place oozes style. We haven’t eaten there yet but if the food is on a par with it’s Marina Botafoch sister it will complete a very special location on the island.
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    The Cotton Beach Club Lounge (Figueretes)

     

    Yet another brand extension. This time from the owners of the Cotton Beach Club / Fay sushi restaurant in Cala Tarida . This is a different offering. More of a cafe restaurant. It is a great place for breakfast but it doesn’t sit alongside it’s west coast partner in quality for lunch or dinner. Stunning sea views but in somewhat ordinary surroundings. Figueretes is up and coming but still needs to come up a fair bit to support high restaurant prices. But with a new 5 star hotel opening set for 2017 around the corner and the possible redevelopment of the paseo maritimo (board walk) maybe they have seen the light before anyone else. Let’s see. 
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    For our full island restaurant guide just click here.

    Happy eating!

    Un saludo cordial, Mi Casa Tu Casa Ibiza

     

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