Due to the Ibiza’s multi-cultural population and the advanced palates of jet-setting visitors, the restaurant scene offers a wide array of cuisines from around the world. Forget buying a round-the-world plane ticket – a one-way ticket to Ibiza should be enough to satisfy any craving!
A taste of Thailand
The melt-in-your-mouth beef Crying Tiger by chef Stephane Gasciolli at El Ayoun rivals any authentic offshore dish (while the menu also explores Morocco, the Orient and of course, the Mediterranean), while the Thai green curry at Es Vive is the ultimate hangover cure! Down by the seaside, the Thai chicken fried rice at Sands is yet another staple menu item guaranteed to please even those who have traveled far and wide to sample traditional Thai cooking.We also hear White’s very own food and drink blogger, private chef Mark Watkins of La Grande Bouffe cooks up a mean Pad Thai – so why not splurge and dine alfresco with your friends by the villa pool?
An Italian love affair
For those who love Italian food – and let’s face it, is there anyone who doesn’t? – Ibiza is like a dream come true. High quality Italian restaurants pepper the island’s seaside, countryside, villages and town – you just need to know where to look! A regularly changing menu packed full of authentic Italian classics, Cicale boasts the freshest pastas, homegrown vegetables and succulent seafood all cooked with one very special ingredient, love! Craving more? Authentic aperitivo is served up every Thursday night at Byron’s Deli, Trattoria del Mar in Marina Botafoch is famous for its lobster pasta (among other fresh pasta creations), while royalty and supermodels alike flock to the legendary Las Dos Lunas for the tender, mouth-wateringly good veal and sunset fans love the pizza (lamb ragu – mmmm!) at Mint Lounge or choose to take a seat on the daybeds at Cap D’es Falco for an authentic and hearty meal with the ultimate view!
Try the roasted Mediterranean vegetables, homemade aioli, seafood paella, lobster pot and fish stew at Ibicenco fave Yemanja, with a big jug of icy cold Sangria de Cava to wash it down! Further local seafood delights await on the shores of Cala Gracioneta at El Chiringuito, plus grilled meats and traditional tapas, meanwhile, opposite iconic beach Las Salinas, Boutique Hostal Salinas Restaurant serves up a traditional afternoon tapas buffet for the perfect après-beach snack! You’ll find modern tapas on the menu at northern hotspot Aura (try the sweet chorizo parcels – delish!), inventive twists on local tradition at La Sal, and more Mediterranean favourites at Atzaro, Sa Capella and Jockey Club. You know what they say… when in erm, Ibiza!
Authentic Japanese cuisine
Ibiza has experienced an invasion of Japanese cuisine over the past couple of years, much to the joy of local’s expanding waistlines! The expert new chefs at Sands Beach Restaurant come directly from the kitchens of Japan’s finest restaurants, slicing and dicing sushi, sizzling noodles and grilling yakitori to die for, while over on the other side of the island, on San Antonio’s sunset strip, Kama Sushi present a Japanese fusion menu, which even includes a Tokyo Burger and a delectable Katsu Curry. And there are plenty more where that came from… Pacha Restaurante, Jockey Club, Ushuaia, Atzaro, Pura Vida, News Café, Blue Marlin… and the list goes on. And on…
The best of British
For those who prefer the comforts of home, El Chiringuito de Es Cavallet offers some old school classics (amongst their outstanding Mediterranean fare for everyone else), like mouthwatering burgers, BLTs plus fish & chips! While there aren’t any 100 percent strictly traditional British hangouts, the expat community has ensured many a menu offers one or two old favourites. On the Aura bar menu, you’ll find a burger that has the locals raving, at Café Mambo one of the best selling menu items is the tasty chicken strips, at Sa Punta, it’s all about the legendary club sandwich and last but not least by any means… drum roll please, the world’s best full English breakfast at Passion Café!
The Orient express
Novum’s Wok Kitchen whips up fast, fresh and flavoursome food, with dishes created to order with specials and seasonal produce and cooked right before your very eyes in a huge, sizzling wok. For a fusion of the island’s finest fare, try the Hacienda Na Xamena’s Eden Restaurant delectable sharing plates (which also include some tasty African influences) or head to the shores of Playa D’en Bossa to sample Nassau Beach Club’s famous wok-tossed vegetables.
Fancy French fare
Whether it’s an indulgent breakfast of fresh pastries and champagne, a mid-morning coffee-and-cake break or a satisfying the midnight munchies, Croissant Show is king when it comes to sweet treats! For a funky twist on tradition, News Café chef Croquet Benjamin adds a dash of French flair to his menu, whether in sandwiches, sushi or breakfast. Would you like some fine French champagne with that? Head to the amazing boutique wine store Vila Vins, to find the very best vintage for all occasions!
Have you booked your table yet? Every restaurant featured above can be booked online at White-Escapes – just click on the link and fill in the form! Bon Apetite!