Ibiza restaurants: THE BUTCHER – Seriously good burgers
Ibiza’s reputation as one of the most desirable holiday destinations on the planet unsurprisingly draws a wealth of well-known brands to the island. Consequently, islanders are fortunate to enjoy the benefits of small island life while still having a large proportion of the trappings typically associated with some of Europe’s best cities. The latest contributor to this pot of gold is THE BUTCHER, one of Amsterdam’s most loved burger joints. It’s a restaurant that since 2012 has blazed a phenomenal trail through the low-lying city, before crossing over the border to Berlin, and this summer – to the choral delight of burger lovers – the shores of Ibiza.
Unsurprisingly given its reputation in Amsterdam, the opening of the Ibiza outpost has come amid much hype. Over in the Netherlands, THE BUTCHER is the stuff of legend, particularly the Albert Cuyp venue, in which a special knock on a fridge door out back can you lead through to a secret speakeasy. There are no such clandestine endeavours here, but the same mischievous streak still abounds – it’s visible on the walls, and on the menu, and on the stuffed toy cow artwork hanging clumsily upside down in the window. As you might have guessed, this place embodies a certain joie de vivre, even if it does take its burgers seriously.
THE BUTCHER is located on the ground floor of the brand-new Sir Joan hotel in Ibiza Marina, albeit with its own private entrance. This puts it within strolling distance of both the razzmatazz of Marina Botafoch and all its high-end clubs and the dazzling lights of Ibiza town, not to mention putting you practically on the doorstep of Pacha, Ibiza’s oldest and most glamorous club. It’s at the heart of the island’s day and night-time action, ready to prep your stomachs pre-party, or prop you up post – it’s a venue designed with hedonists in mind.
In fact, Yossi Eliahoo, the creative mastermind behind the concept (who was awarded the Hospitality Entrepreneur of the Year award in the prestigious Entrée Hospitality Awards) says as much: “As a creative concept developer I envision and feel the places I design before the actually exist. I always create places that suit the locals but try to offer them something new at the same time,” he explains. “It’s extremely important to get to know the market; you can’t ignore a city and its people’s heritage. I love to develop something from the roots and pay attention to every tiny detail. Every aspect has to be captured by the same language.”
With this in mind, the restaurant is open for a staggering 20 hours a day (12 noon until 8 in the morning), seven days a week – these guys are well aware Ibiza is an island that never stops, and so neither do they. Staff here lovingly reside over a menu of cheekily-named burger classics, expertly crafting each dish in the kitchen before delivering it to table, tightly wrapped in crinkled paper and accompanied by some sort of delicious side (the sweet potato fries come highly recommended). So dedicated are they to the burger cause, in fact, that if you order take-out in advance, they’ll wait by the side of the road ready to hand it over as you speed past.
The content of that bursting paper bag is entirely down to you, of course. Choose from myriad burger options made with prime Abderdeen Angus beef (at 250g, The Daddy is the biggest of the lot), opt for the ever-popular chicken burger, The Ugly, made with succulent bits of chicken and wrapped in a soft tortilla wrap, or indulge your inner Brit with The Codfather – beer battered cod fillet served with thick cut chips and tangy tartare sauce.
For the health-inclined there’s the The Bun-Less Burger, or The Veggie Delight made with chickpeas, not to mention a range of crunchy, healthy salads. Having said that, it’s easy to imagine the diet going out the window after one glance at the smooth, creamy milkshakes (upgrade them to boozy if you like), which are decadent enough to send any saint on a one-trip to see Satan. Therein lies the charm of THE BUTCHER – stop by, indulge and savour it, because you’re not kidding anyone if you don’t think you’ll be back for more.