The west coast of Ibiza is an iconic sunset destination renowned across the world for kaleidoscopic skies that dissolve into the Mediterranean Sea at dusk. But what few insiders share is that this stunning stretch of coastline is also a fast-rising foodie hotspot boasting some of the most innovative new restaurants on the island. Monkey Ibiza is one of the latest additions to that crowd. An Ibiza restaurant with Balearic soul – spliced with a hearty dose of Parisian chic – it’s adding a fresh culinary dimension to the sundown experience while still offering front row seats to the show.
The sister venue to Monkey Pigalle, a revered restaurant famed throughout Paris, Monkey Ibiza boasts arguably better views than its namesake. Located on the San Antonio promenade that hugs the picturesque coastline, it’s easy to spend hours here at any time of day, gazing out at the rippling turquoise waters that gently crest in the breeze. Dotted with boho-inspired bamboo furniture, camel-shaded parasols and banana palm trees, the sophisticated alfresco terrace at is the perfect place for snacking and sipping cocktails, particularly at sunset when golden hour descends in front of the Ibiza restaurant and the panoramic vistas seem to take on an otherworldly glow.
Fabulous food brings visitors flocking to this hip new Ibiza restaurant too. Centred on fresh, seasonal and local produce, the Monkey Ibiza menu pays homage to authentic Mediterranean flavours that are simple but cooked exceptionally well. Think tapas of babaganoush, hummus and toum served alongside creamy guacamole, or cod fritters, padron peppers, homemade harissa potatoes and crispy feta served with zucchini, kalamata olives, basil and sour mustard seeds. Larger plates include Bluefin tuna tartar with spicy avocado, a must-try shakshuka, and burnt cauliflower served with yellow curry tahini with red onion pickles, coriander and Macadamia nuts.
Select cuts of meat and fish are of the finest quality at Monkey Ibiza too. Try the Ibiza restaurant’s grilled octopus served with sriracha, mini corn and flame avocado, or the mouth-watering shoulder of lamb confit (for two people) that’s cooked for seven hours and comes with homemade fingerling potatoes, garlic, thyme and harissa. Desserts include a showstopping roasted pineapple and coconut ice cream, and sweet pavlova with red fruits. Cocktails are works of art in their own right, such as the refreshing Rafaella: hibiscus-infused vodka, lime, strawberry and raspberry, mint and bubbles, and the punchy but oh-so-simple Bianca: brown rum, vanilla, passion syrup and lime.
A beautifully simple but sophisticated setting with prime sunset credentials and an eclectic soundtrack that matches its menu in prestige, Monkey Ibiza is the low-key, high vibe Ibiza restaurant that San Antonio has been waiting for. Settle into a chair and behold is the beauty of nature unfolds before you and plate after plate of delicious fare appears at your table. Cool off in the pool after your meal, and if you decide to linger even longer into the night, there’s also a secret nightclub tucked away within the upper-level interior – all the more reason to visit.