One of Ibiza’s best-kept secrets is the dining room and terrace of Alabastro at Aguas de Ibiza Grand Luxe in Santa Eulalia. Chef Emilio Galarza heads up this oasis of innovation, leading his team into culinary realms where flavour and colour meet ethereal sensations based on a solid philosophy of zero kilometres, organic, slow food fine dining.
The Ibiza fine dining menu is a masterpiece of exquisite dishes weaving a path through local and international flavours using quality produce in magical combinations. Start with black quinoa nachos, oysters with mirin, soy and ginger dressing or gyozas with nanban sauce. Follow up with the sirvia fish tartar served over mango and papaya, the Alabastro poke bowl or one of the many fresh salads. Lunchtime mains feature nods to Galarza’s native Argentina with farmhouse chicken and chimichurri salsa as well as classics such as grilled beef tenderloin with parsnip purée and black rice with sea urchin.
Nights at the Ibiza fine dining destination are gastronomically sophisticated with a redefined gazpacho made with coconut milk topped with grilled lobster. The slow-cooked sea bass is destined to become an Alabastro signature as is the hangar steak, seared to perfection and served on a pillow of shiitake and pak choi quiche topped with enormous Peruvian figs and doused in a beef glaze that takes four days to prepare.
Desserts are equally otherworldly re-imaginings of traditional favourites. The mango semifreddo hides a citrus and passion fruit interior and the cherry tartlet boasts a crunchy base filled with mascarpone topped with maraschino cherries and cherry infused siphon bread. Oversized armchairs, plush sofas and intimate corners – all in shades of plum, turquoise and pistachio with just a touch of sunshine yellow thrown in – bring a touch of Alice In Wonderland, if that fairytale were set in a beautifully designed luxury hotel. Alabastro is an enchanted journey into Ibiza fine dining flavour.