Ibiza restaurants: Sa Brisa – A gastronomic trip

For many Ibiza residents, winter is a time associated with travelling. Whether it’s travelling to exotic lands for a well-deserved holiday in the sun or travelling back home (wherever that may be in the world) to see family and friends over the holiday season, the off-season months are the perfect time to take a break. Ibiza in the winter months is also becoming an increasingly popular travel destination, as those from colder climes seek warmer temperatures and a different type of island experience.

Understanding that such travel enriches our lives, make us better people and opens our minds to new experiences, cultures and people, contemporary Ibiza eatery Sa Brisa Gastro Bar has created a menu designed to take your taste buds on a global journey, without having to board a plane, ferry or bus! And great news for those staying in Ibiza over the winter, it’s open every day throughout the winter.

Having just re-opened after a stylish refurbishment, Sa Brisa Gastro Bar is ready to welcome one and all to sample their travel-inspired take on tapas. Diners can tour the far-flung lands of Peru, Mexico, Argentina and Asia through ingredients, scents, spices, herbs and secret recipes. Of course, home soil (and sea!) is not forgotten and Mediterranean magic shines throughout the menu too, with a special showcase of Ibiza’s local cuisines.

The journey begins as you step inside the low-lit, modern restaurant. Take your seat, sip on a cocktail and begin to peruse the menu – there’s a lot to take in. While you contemplate the choices ahead, why not order some tasters from the snacks and starters menu for the first leg of your journey, including tasty Ibiza-themed delights such as crispy local sobrasada (home made sausage) served with raw cow’s milk cheese and island wine or Japanese fusion of mashed Edamame and artichoke with fresh cheese. Local black pig is cured right here at Sa Brisa, and served with crispy crackling flavoured with wild Ibiza herbs and fresh, farm-to-table tomato – a taste sensation like no other.

Sa Brisa are famous for their gourmet croquetas, so you should definitely make a stopover in this part of the menu – this is not just a nugget of potato, ham and cheese. Rather, this is the flavours of Ibiza and the world are wrapped up in a delicate, crispy batter and served in a festive tree-like presentation. Try ‘La Ibicenca’ (translating to ‘The Ibizan’) – which is a snack-sized take the iconic local fish stew, bullit de peix, served with garlic parsely dipping mayonnaise, or tuck into the caulifower gratin version or Ibiza suckling pig flavour – there really is nothing else like it in the world.

Then, you will continue to your ‘main’ destination. The remainder of the impressive menu is split into three sections: ‘From the garden’, featuring Sa Brisa’s twist on the classic Caesar and Russian salads, aubergine tamales and plenty of dishes that will make a vegetarian’s heart sing. ‘From the sea’ celebrates fresh fish and shellfish in all their glory, from traditional Ibicencan fried squid with a twist to Mexican inspired shrimp quesadillas, the quirky Ibizan squid hot dog with kimchee and lime mayonnaise and a seasonal ceviche.

‘From the earth’ showcases the kitchen’s most creative creations yet. Think Ibiza Black Pig tongue, slow cooked with a sisho, coriander, ginger and mint paste; free range eggs from the island, served on Chinese bread with crispy skin duck and Peruvian sauce and melt-in-your-mouth Black Angus Ribs served with homemade Japanese pasta. It’s tapas, but not as you know it – there are even cool kid’s options to make the experience fun for the whole family.

No gastronomic trip would be complete without a visit to the sweet side, and Sa Brisa’s after-dinner offerings are every bit as creative as their main counterparts. Choose signature dessert dishes such as a mango sponge, flambéed with tequila; have fun with a Mexican piñata full of candies, sweets and lulo ice cream or let your taste buds be carried away by the Cocobanana meringue. A special selection of dessert cocktails are also on offer, including a cheesecake made with Absolut Raspberyy and Vanilla, plus fresh cream and raspberries or the classic Espresso Martini.

For those who like to enlist the services of a tour guide on their trips to ensure they experience the very best on offer, the tasting menus are a great way to be guided through the menu – great options for families and groups (reservations are essential). Choose from a ‘World Menu’ for 38€ per person or upgrade to the ‘Gastro Menu’ for 55€ per person and both menus include drinks.

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On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, two special menus are currently being designed by the experts in the Sa Brisa Gastro Bar kitchen. You can expect set courses, in the Sa Brisa style, with a festive twist. All dishes can be adapted to your tastes, allergies or intolerances and are made using the highest quality products from around the world, in addition to the freshest locally sourced fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat.

With limited seating – capacity for 45 people – it’s worth reserving a table to ensure you don’t miss out on your festive feast this winter. Sa Brisa Gastro Bar is open daily throughout the winter season (excluding December 25, 2016 and January 1, 2017) from 1pm until midnight. Your gastronomic destination awaits – no passport required!

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