Ibiza restaurants: Top Ibiza breakfast spots – Room 39 at Pikes
It’s a comparison that’s been made time and time again, but there’s no getting away from it: Pikes is the Balearic equivalent of the Wonderland in which Alice loses herself in the famously fantastical tale. From the labyrinthine setting to the characters that live within its walls to the air of playfulness that beckons you inward, all sojourns are a topsy-turvy affair, whatever time of day you happen to be passing through. Fortunately, those starting the day here are able to stock up on sustenance in the form of one of the best breakfasts on the island. Word to the wise: make like Alice and grab that jar of marmalade before jumping head first into this rabbit hole.
Open to both hotel guests and visitors alike, Room 39 – the in-house restaurant at Pikes – is the ideal spot for kick-starting your Ibiza day. Set high in the San Antonio hills in a ramshackle, centuries-old finca, it’s a place where rascality hangs in the air like a sparkling, irresistible cloud. Stride through it come morning and you’re met by a kitchen under the guidance of head chef, Lee Milne, who sharpened his skills and knives in a Gordon Ramsay kitchen, among many other esteemed venues, before heading to the white isle and Pikes permanently three years ago. The result is a breakfast menu that’s been raised to the echelons of excellence, and one that includes a selection of old favourites and new.
Let’s start with the quintessential continental breakfast. A collection of much-loved picks including freshly squeezed orange juice, baked croissants, pastries and breads, seasonal fruit, British cereals, natural yoghurt, berry compote, and homemade granola. What sets this apart from many other breakfast offerings is a striking attention to detail and the use of the highest quality ingredients that really make each plate sing, much like the Cheshire Cat in the midst of purring the Jabberwocky. For guests, this is included in your stay, and visitors are of course welcome to order the same.
Those with heartier appetites should dive straight into the a la carte menu, which is laden with hearty, nourishing dishes guaranteed to see you through till lunchtime, or in the case of Pikes, who knows when? Heading the charge is that age-old classic, the full English breakfast. Consisting of local, organic eggs, meaty British sausages and bacon (a rarity on Ibiza), beans, tomato, mushrooms, hash browns, toast and black pudding, this is the real deal – wallflowers need not apply. Throw in a Bloody Mary, and you’ll soon be putting your best foot forward.
Elsewhere, there’s the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on pillow-soft, toasted brioche. This is the pièce de resistance of a few dishes, in fact, with the buttery, melt-in-your-mouth bread taking breakfast dining to the next level. The Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine are consummate favourites, as is the fluffy, freshly made omelette, which you can pile high with fillings of your choice. The smashed avocado on toast and field mushrooms on sourdough toast are adored by vegetarians, while the scrambled tofu kale with peppers, sautéed potatoes and basil hits the spot for vegans. The types of dishes you’d find on classic NY brunch menus – finally, they’ve found the perfect home in Ibiza.
Brits looking for a taste of home will find comfort in the grilled bacon roll and house sausage rolls, which are bursting with the finest quality produce in each bite. Wash it all down with a glass of cava or one of the delicious, freshly-made juices, and then revel in the little quirks that make dining at Pikes a one-of-a-kind experience. From tea served in kooky Pikes mugs to old fashioned, cow-shaped milk jugs, to the pool views from Room 39 and the new poolside booth next to the DJ booth – everything here screams with a wonderfully whimsical vibe. Watch and learn, Mad Hatter.