Ibiza Restaurants – Ibiza Cloud 9 tips featured in Elle Belgium!Posted on August 24, 2015
In Ibiza when it comes to restaurants we really are are spoilt for choice. With so many tempting options, where to choose?
In our latest feature in Elle Belgium magazine we share some of our favourite Ibiza eateries that are so delicious you will want to go back over and over again!
For the non Dutch speakers among you, here are our favourites…
Santa Gertrudis is a tiny town renowned as the meeting place to dine or take a drink with friends. Tucked away in the corner of the main plaza is Bistro Plaza, a little French restaurant. With its combination of vintage and rustic furniture complete with piano in the corner, we love the slightly nostalgic feel of the place. During the summer months Bistro Plaza opens only at night where visitors can dine outside in the lovely garden. We are thrilled that they also open in winter where the restaurant has a cosy feel as you dine inside close to the tiny fire.
The food is French cuisine of a high standard and in particular we have eaten some spectacular fillet steaks and tart tartin here. Bistro Plaza also boasts one of the most extensive wine lists we have come across on the island.
Our tip: try the French onion soup – it is absolutely delicious and not to be missed.
If barbecued meat is your thing, Cas Pages is in our view one of the best places to eat on the island. Open for more than 40 years and set in an old finca (farm building), the restaurant has a lovely rustic feel to it. In the summer months you can dine outside in the garden under the canopy of old burganvilia vines whilst appreciating the ancient gnarly olive trees that grow there.
Here you can choose from a range of grilled meats and other traditional Ibiceno fare. We have found that the locally produced chicken and fillet steak are consistently great here. They also make a mean alioli (garlic dip), a very typical Ibiza snack served at the start of a meal with bread, plus a tempting range of typical (very sweet!) Ibicenco desserts.
Our tip: make sure you go early as it is very popular with locals and they do not take reservations. Take plenty of cash as they do not accept credit cards.
Ses Escoles is one of the newest restaurants on the island and, in our view, by far one of the best. Established by the Guasch family, producer of delicious local organic olive oil, this restaurant offers high quality, typically Ibicenco cuisine such as grilled meats, locally produced goats cheese, cured sausages and ‘cocas’ – a delicious savoury with pastry base, topped with goats cheese and olives, rosemary, anchovies & balsamic to name just a couple of combinations.
The main focus of the restaurant is their olive oils – all foods are either marinated or cooked in them and the various types can be purchased in their shop. For those interested in experiencing how the oils are produced, tours of the farm can also be organised.
The restaurant itself is set in a striking old roadside house that has been lovingly restored. We love the luminous little indoor terrace with exposed natural stone walls, feeling of spaciousness and beautiful touches of rustic Ibiza throughout = the perfect place for a super relaxed dining experience.
Our tip: We love the grilled asparagus with cheese and basil oil and mixed grilled vegetables – simply delicious! Make sure you reserve a table in advance at the weekends.
Hidden away at the end of a tiny camino close to San Jose is Can Domingo. Set in an old finca complete with little patio and luscious garden, this is the perfect place if you love to eat quality Italian food al fresco.
Can Domingo grow many of their vegetables and herbs onsite and therefore unsurprisingly offer a diverse and delicious vegetarian & vegan menu. Meat and fish lovers need not fear however as there are also excellent la carte and tasting menus which include scrumptious dishes such as seared Ibicenco prawns with tarragon consume, vegetables & lime zest and honey & lavender lamb rack. We recommend you try the Mediterranean red tuna with Ibiceno herbs, French beans and potatoes – the combination of herbs is amazing! There is a great wine list here & we suggest you ask your waiter to recommend something special for you.
Our tip: come here on a Saturday night when the garden and patio is subtly lit and soft live jazz is played in background = romance total.
Although Can Balafia is another typical Ibiceno restaurant hidden away just off of the San Juan Carretera, we have included it as it is somewhat of an institution. This place has no formal menu so if you are looking to purely grilled meats (including local chicken and rabbit), choice of two simple salads and crispy potatoes chips cooked with peppers then this is the place for you.
We love the simplicity of it, the outside grill, intimate courtyard garden and the fact that the quality is always good. The perfect place for a relaxed lunch or dinner with friends and there is a good chance of spotting a celebrity here.
Our tip: try the tomato and onion salad – as simple as it is we guarantee you will not find another one that even compares! Reserve a table weeks in advance & bring plenty of cash as they do not accept cards.