There are secrets to be found around every corner in Ibiza, and while the magic of Finca La Plaza is well documented, its location belies what lies beyond the rickety wooden gate and rustic farmhouse door. Subtly tucked away from the busy main square in the heart of Santa Gertrudis, the stunning Ibiza restaurant is a hidden gem that sits among a towering jungle of billowing flora. Orange, olive and palm trees sway alongside banana plants and ferns, creating a cove-like canopy to sit beneath. Dusk is the hour when the garden draws diners in, as the skies above the village turn pink and the trees start to glow with fairy lights and fireflies. It feels like you’re in your own glorious private garden, but with world class cuisine, masterful cocktails and attentive service.
There’s no denying that the food at this Ibiza restaurant makes it a gastronomic destination in its own right. The team behind Island Hospitality are behind Finca La Plaza, and this summer they’ve ushered in a brand-new, fantasy-filled menu to savour. Bold, innovative and bursting with inspiration, every dish is sight and taste to behold. Even the bread course is ingenious. Served warm with salted caramel butter, chi, sun-dried tomato and fermented lemon emulsion, it sets the bar for the delectable plates to come – plates that change regularly due to the laboratory style menu concept.
Think confit artichoke with low-temperature cooked egg, foie gras and Paleta Iberica to start; or Balfego tuna tartare, Alfonso mango caviar, crispy rice and spicy sauce, and you’ll start to get an idea behind the complex techniques used to perfect each dish. Main courses at the Ibiza restaurant could include pan-seared black cod with smoked aubergine, stovetop garlic and tamarind; filet beef tartare and triple fried Pont Neuf potatoes; and charcoal baked octopus with black yucca, orange scents and soy sauce. Vegan alternatives are also available at Finca La Plaza, of course, and are equally as tantalising.
Rounding off the feast at Finca La Plaza are a variety of sweets, including toasted brioche Torrija, pineapple and coconut, and Carob biscuit, passionfruit and 70% Guandaja chocolate mousse, while a fully stocked winery and delectable cocktails take care of the drinks. With all this in mind, it’s easy to see why this Ibiza restaurant and its charming secret garden has become a must-visit among foodies, taking them on a journey of local flavours, ingredients, culture, lifestyle and creativity. Every item here is a star in its own right, and in a picture-perfect setting where time seems to slow, it feels like you’ve been transported directly into the realms of paradise.