Date we ate: Sunday, March 13, 2011
First impressions: After a few days of heavy rain in Ibiza we were pleasantly surprised to arrive to a sun drenched terrace at the Atzaró Restaurant to enjoy their all-new 30€ Sunday lunch menu. Miss W had invited White Escapes’ newest Ibiza photographer Geoff Fenney to dine with me between photo shoots (it was Sunday after all… plus I not-so-secretly wanted high quality photographic evidence of our meal!) and we were greeted by restaurant manager Fernando, who promptly led us to our table. Soft jazz music was playing while children played in the surrounding gardens, all in all, a serene and relaxing atmosphere for a light lunch break.
Location: In the fragrant gardens at popular Ibiza hotel Agroturismo Atzaró in the countryside of San Llorenzo – just a short drive after turning off from Ibiza’s famous San Juan ‘restaurant road’. The restaurant is situated on a terrace of the hotel’s main building, flanked by ancient olive trees and with views across the orange groves.
Menu: Atzaró Restaurant offers a fixed lunch menu on Sundays, with a Mediterranean-meets-Asian flair, consisting of the freshest local ingredients like fish, meats and salads.
Ambience: A peaceful and relaxing, family atmosphere.
Table: On the warm, sunny restaurant terrace with beautiful views across the hotel’s grounds.
Food: A petite serving of rich (and delicious!) mushroom risotto was followed by sea bass on a bed of oven-baked greens with a creamy sauce. The sea bass fillet was generous in size and I was very surprised to discover the menu didn’t end there. Next up was pork tenderloin, marinated in soy and sesame and sliced into delicate bite size pieces. It was served with a crisp scallop potato bake – the potatoes were shaved into wafer thin slices with a nice peppery kick, which offset the sweet soy marinate on the meat perfectly. For dessert, a light and fluffy berry mousse with a soft sponge base topped with fresh berries and coulis was the end of me – I couldn’t have fit another morsel in!
Wines: As I was indulging in spa treatments later in the day, I opted not to drink wine with my meal, however Atzaró‘s wine list is one of the island’s most impressive!
Service: Welcoming and accommodating with just the right amount of attention, considering it was a fixed menu. Plates were cleared right on time and a good amount of time left between courses so we felt completely relaxed and never rushed.
Price: The set lunch menu is 30€ per person (excluding drinks) for four courses – well worth it! There’s also a children’s option for 15€.
The verdict: Lots of reasonably priced, good food, a beautiful, relaxing garden terrace, sunshine and soft music set the perfect scene for an intimate and relaxed occasion. The Sunday lunch at Atzaró Restaurant is fabulous for families, with the hotel‘s beautiful gardens providing a safe haven for kids to play.