As legendary Ibiza hotel Pikes Ibiza enters a new chapter in its history, a new icon has been revealed through the impressive revamp of the venue’s award-winning in-house restaurant. Formerly known as Room 39, the Ibiza restaurant has undergone a major overhaul – one that involved the entire space being painted candy floss pink – and transformed in Pamelas at Pikes Ibiza, a space inspired by a mythical, bohemian beauty who once frequented the hotel, leaving a trail of magic wherever she’d go.
The origin of the Pamela mystery, and her relationship with former owner and Ibiza icon himself, Tony Pike, remains unknown. Was she a staff member in the hotel’s early days? Is she a long lost family member? A best friend, a muse, a lover… or perhaps the one that got away? After the passing of Tony in 2019, we may never know, but one thing is for sure: bringing a strong sense of femininity to the hotel has made Pamelas at Pikes Ibiza one of the most Instagrammable, and most in-demand restaurants in Ibiza.
Don’t be fooled by the ‘pretty in pink’ vibes however – Pamelas at Pikes Ibiza is as much about Bacchanalian finesse, free-spirited bohemian hedonism and epicurean pleasures as the reputation of the hotel in which it is housed. Open for lunch and dinner daily – excluding Sundays when it’s all about the island’s finest traditional roast dinners – plus brunch on Tuesdays and Saturdays, the Ibiza restaurant welcomes hotel guests, island residents and visitors alike to step back in time to the 1970s and savour the culinary delights designed by head chef Lee Milne.
The Pamelas at Pikes Ibiza menu has a nostalgic twist, a nod to the decadence of decades gone by. By day, opt for hotel classics like the Club Tropicana Sandwich or the hearty Pamelas Burger, a classic Caesar salad or tasty green pea falafel. By night is when the Ibiza restaurant truly comes to life, with a dazzling array of dishes to suit all appetites. Start with cocktails – be sure to try the ‘Pamela’ – alongside a classic 80s-inspired prawn cocktail or a rich, gourmet sausage roll of Iberico pork and foie gras.
For mains, the star of the show at Pamelas at Pikes Ibiza is a rib-eye of beef dripping in caramel soy and served with a gram (in a cheeky paper wrap) of golden truffle. The pan-fried dorada is the Ibiza restaurant’s twist on paella, using fregula pasta with clams, pickled lemon and fennel for an added kick. The OTT burger also makes an appearance – an Angus patty, truffled Welsh rarebit, house pickles and fried onion in a brioche bun that can be served with extra braised beef shin or seared foie gras – and the charred pumpkin with Arzua-Ulloa cheese, little queens pasta, honey, sage and pines nuts is a vegetarian dream come true.
Don’t leave Pamelas at Pikes Ibiza without sampling the desserts, which take you back to the pure joy of childhood. A classic pavlova, chocolate and salted caramel tart and Pink Lady apple tart tatin are standouts, but the cherry on top (quite literally) is the Ibiza restaurant’s towering signature Knickerbocker Glory. A myth, a legend, an icon in her own right – Pikes Ibiza also pays tribute to Pamela’s nightly toasts to Ibiza’s goddess Tanit when serving cocktails. “To Tanit!” she would reportedly cry. “To tonight!” The crowd would echo back. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but at Pamelas at Pikes Ibiza, we’ve always got tonight.