The forecast was perfect, the locations scouted, snapped on iPhones and matched with outfits, we had our dream team assembled…
Beautifully presented in the form of two delicate roses, the luxurious Waygu carpaccio at Kyupiddo Ibiza is served with Parmesan foam and rocket sponge, adding salty and spicy elements to the lush beef slices in the most simplistic yet successful of ways. The perfect starter to share, as you watch the sunset over the mountains and the Mediterranean… heaven!
Five star fusion cuisine is the menu concept at beautiful Dalt Vila restaurant Kyupiddo Ibiza by B.For, where Japanese ingredients are given the Mediterranean treatment resulting in some truly magical plates. The star dish – according to head chef Emilse Garcia – is the beautifully presented filet of San Pedro – a fish that has been sautéed with mushrooms, topped with foie gras and cream of shiitake mushrooms, then sprinkled with flaked almonds – a taste sensation unike any other.
Want to feel on top of the world while tucking into some of the finest fusion cuisine in Ibiza? The corner terrace table at Kyupiddo Ibiza boasts one of the most beautiful panoramic views over the port, across the rooftops of the old town, over to Formentera and back up to the stunning Dalt Vila cathedral… if not quite the top of the world, it’s certainly the top of town, and at the top of the high end restaurant scale in Ibiza.
Fusing high-end gastronomy with the island’s rich cultural heritage, Ibiza restaurant Kyupiddo by B.For is tucked away like a secret dining room in Ibiza’s UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site, Dalt Vila. The Japanese and Mediterranean fusion menu – with a menu created exclusively by renowned chef Stefano Borrelli – is a modern masterpiece, and the glamorous setting like no other in Ibiza… Read more
I love Dalt Vila. I’ve lived inside the fortress walls for many, many years now… I can’t imagine living anywhere else. It just feels like a real-life fairytale, each and every time I walk up the drawbridge into ‘my’ castle, and I never, ever cease to be amazed by the impressive stone walls, cobbled streets, maze of alleyways, eclectic bars, shops and restaurants, lookout points, views… and even the stray cat colonies too! Read more
Founded by Rene and Ursula Salle over 28 years ago history, Ibiza restaurant La Oliva, set in the heart of the old town in Dalt Vila – is a gastronomic institution. The couple – hailing from France and Germany – fell in love with the location instantly when searching for a location to open a restaurant, and the rest, as they say, is history…
After six years of business, the couple welcomed a little girl into their family. Living in Dalt Vila, in the same street as the restaurant, their daughter Lisa spent her childhood running through the cobbled streets, playing, eating her dinner in La Oliva every night – it was just like home to her.
Fast-forward to 2014, and little Lisa is all grown up, having taken the reins from her parents and been managing all aspects of the business for the past four years, alongside her boyfriend head chef Marc-Antoine Colonna – from reservations and staff to accounts, décor and more – allowing Rene and Ursula more time to relax and enjoy life.
To be running an iconic, successful restaurant of this size at just 22 years old is practically unheard of in Ibiza, but to Lisa, it’s just a regular part of her everyday life. But she didn’t always see herself as the future of the family business – far from it! “I never, never wanted to work here!” she laughs, talking of her teenage years. “I thought I wanted to be a journalist. But when I was 15 I was horse riding a lot, and in order to enter a competition, my parents told me I needed to earn the money. So I worked in La Oliva for one month… and it was really hard for me, I was so shy you wouldn’t believe it.”
Hard to believe, given her friendly and bubbly personality today, where nothing is a problem and everyone is equally as important as the person next to them. So how did this go from it being a necessity to a passion? “When I met Marc-Antoine, we were both really motivated to get my parents to make some changes, starting with the colour of the chairs and then the wine list, then getting Marc-Antoine into the kitchen because he’d studied in all the best schools in France.”
“My mum trusted us both from the very first minute,” she says, of the transition from daughter to manager. “My dad… well, he liked to keep an eye on us for the first few years, but now he’s much more relaxed and only comes in once or twice a week. It makes me happy knowing they can relax now!”
Each year sees a new customer ‘click’ that Lisa is Rene and Ursula’s daughter running the restaurant, and many loyal clients remember her as a child. “It’s strange for me, because I don’t always know the people,” she says. “But they’ll ask me if I’m the daughter and when I say yes, they’ll tell me they saw me in my mum’s belly when she was pregnant! I always tell my parents who has been in the restaurant, and then they’ll tell me about other people who haven’t told me they know my parents, but then tell them they had a good experience.”
Now the shoe is on the other foot, Lisa says it can feel strange to Ursula and Rene – who know only too well how much hard work running a business like la Oliva can be – to see her working so much, when they are enjoying island life. “My mum encourages me to go out all the time – she has so much energy – but usually I can’t because I’m working, or tired… then she offers to come and work for me!”
Crediting her parents with teaching her the value of working hard for your money, always being kind to people, finishing what you start and being an example to others around you, Lisa says she definitely sees her future in La Oliva now, having developed a real passion for her work… but it doesn’t stop there! “I wish we could do more,” she says, with a sparkle in her eyes. “We have a lot of energy, a lot of ideas… we will see!”
Lovers of culture and lovers of fine dining unite next week, as B.For unveil their latest creation – a slick new sushi restaurant right at the top of Dalt Vila, on the stunning terrace of La Torre del Canonigo. Presiding over the entire old town and UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site, Kyupiddo offers Japanese Mediterranean Fusion Food, made by hand, by the experts behind popular sushi hotspot B.For by Planet Sushi.
The official Ibiza restaurant opening takes place on Thursday June 5, 2014 from 8pm, promising stunning sunset views in addition to fab food… and people too, of course!
Taking time to enjoy the small, simple things around you is one of life’s greatest pleasures and Ibiza bar S’Escalinata – set in the heart of Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s ancient city and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site – is one of the island’s little gems. Read more
It just gets bigger and better every year, and the Grand Finale Party for the International Music Summit is definitely the best one yet! The culmination of the conference stars none other than Sven Vath, for his very first appearance in Dalt Vila, alongside DJ of the moment Solomun plus Scuba and Maya Jane Coles.