The tide is turning in the port of Ibiza; where nightclub parades once dominated the dusky seafront promenade, high quality gastronomic destinations are now attracting scores of eager foodies, from island residents and holidaymakers to the jetsetters straight off the superyachts moored in the Marina. Extending a warm welcome to one and all is sophisticated new restaurant Marea Ibiza Club – a buzzing culinary hotspot where the treasures of the Mediterranean Sea and the flavours of South America take centre stage.
Decorated in turquoise hues reminiscent of the Med, Marea Ibiza Club has a relaxed and convivial alfresco atmosphere. Boasting a spacious and stylish open kitchen, the Ibiza restaurant’s focus is on high quality, sustainably caught seasonal fish and seafood. At the heart of it all is visionary Argentinian chef Patricio Negro (of Sarasanegro, Mar de Plata fame) – known as the very best chef for fish and rice in his home country (if not the world), he brings his expertise and passion to the shores of the white isle, and directly to your plate.
Highly disciplined, Negro and his team rely less on technology and more on intuition in the meticulous selection, marination and preparation of each fish dish. Texture, temperature and flavour are key to Marea Ibiza Club’s signature cuisine – the simplicity of the raw ingredients shine from start to finish. Fish is hand-selected daily – be it tuna, sea bass, turbot or any other Mediterranean specialty, your taste buds are in the hands of the daily tides.
Palates are warmed up with savoury buttered anchovies, before moving onto starters from the Ibiza restaurant’s raw menu. No visit to Marea Ibiza Club is complete without sampling the fresh fish tartar juxtaposed with crispy pistachio bites. An umami-rich, silky tiradito sits alongside dishes like delicate octopus carpaccio and zesty, melt-in-your-mouth ceviche. Cooked house specialties include Negro’s classic grilled cuttlefish, served atop a crispy potato carpaccio, and marinated scallops with tomato cous cous plus sizzling olive and garlic shrimp.
Mains at Marea Ibiza Club are designed to share and traverse the depth of the Med, while crossing continents for flavour with a sophisticated touch. The succulent and buttery fish of the day is served crispy skin side up, on a bed of fluffy potato puree and homemade tomato sofrito and simply falls off the fork with tenderness, while the arroz cremoso (another of Negro’s personal specialties) options are difficult to choose from. Opt for the perfectly cooked creamy rice topped with the Ibiza restaurant’s signature grilled squid with truffle oil, or sample the octopus and paprika variation – a creative twist on the Galician classic – or perhaps shrimp, or the vegetarian creation using saffron and egg yolk take your fancy.
Beyond the treasures of the deep blue sea, those with a sweet tooth are advised to save room for the island’s best crème brûlée, or the pineapples marinated in white wine with ice cream – perfect for a hot summer night on the Marea Ibiza Club open-air terrace. A selection of cocktails have been perfectly matched with the chef’s creations, from the classics to contemporary twists like the rum-based Pineapple New Fashion and a Bloody Mezcal. The hand-picked wine and Champagne selection is an oenophile’s dream, with French, Italian and Argentinian drops featuring heavily.
Like its sister restaurant Casa Sudaca right next door, Ibiza restaurant Marea Ibiza Club channels the warmth and vibrancy of its South American roots, while honouring the unique ingredients of the sea and soil of its Ibizan location. Service is exceptional, thanks to the charming and knowledgeable team – this hot new Ibiza restaurant is fast becoming the place for long, languid dinners with friends in Ibiza.