Ibiza restaurants: Paella ‘from the beach’ at Es Jardins de Fruitera
Es Jardins de Fruitera’s paellas are literally packed with seafood and fish or meat, and they’re also famous for fideuas and traditional rice dishes, ideal to share between family and friends. After leaving their original family restaurant Yemanja on Cala Jondal – the family founded the chiringuito over 35 years ago – today they bring their culinary beach skills to the heart of the countryside.
The freshest and best seafood – crab, clams, mussels, squid, and prawns – and fish or meat are sourced locally and fried in a huge pan to start the proceedings. Vegetables are added later, then the picada Ibicenca – a mixture of vegetables and seasoning including tomato, garlic, saffron and peppers, a good fish stock and fine rice. The concoction is cooked until all the flavours have oozed into the rice and created the perfect platter. Not only a sight for hungry bellies; the tasty morsels explode on your tongue in a medley of Mediterranean tastes.
A fresh salad with yoghurt dressing, or big prawns in oil, cod with alioli and aubergine with parmesan are tempting sharing plates to start your meal and get your metabolism fired up for the main course.