This week we bring you Ibiza’s newest foodie hotspots for 2018. In a recent post we talked about how we’ve seen Ibiza reinvent itself as a chic, foodie hub, with more and more sophisticated restaurants popping up every year. 2018 hasn’t disappointed with some fantastic new additions to our gastronomy hot list.
Of course we’ve gone out and done the hard work for you (ahem!) and checked them all out to give you our top picks… And here they are…
First on the list has to be ‘Jul’s Ibiza’, located in the South of Ibiza on your way to Sa Caleta beach in San Jose. This newcomer has very much impressed offering Mediterranean cuisine with a Greek twist. If you know Ibiza well, you’ll know that Greek eateries are scarce on the island, so it’s a very welcome addition.
The bar is tended by a new wave of socially conscious bartenders who are committed to sustainable and low-waste practices fusing ingredients such as rosemary stems and citrus husks to create unique organic cocktails with a Greek twist. Every night there is live music or entertainment, with cool DJs throughout the week too.
Everything on the menu is organic, fresh and innovative by their Greek in-house fine dining chef and of course, no Greek restaurant would be complete without some Baklava on the menu, but this really is no ordinary baklava with Pistachio praline mousse, crushed baklava, caramelised filo and gold leaf. Quite literally a piece of art, and highly recommended!
The venue itself is sublime; the indoor restaurant is beautifully elegant fusing luxurious materials with modern Greek touches creating a cosy yet chic environment. Whilst outside the garden restaurant is more relaxed with comfy sofas and a friendly atmosphere. There’s even a little boutique, so you can literally eat, drink , dance and shop. Perfect!
Shamarkanda is located in the North in San Juan, KM 21. This great new addition offers world cuisine with a creative touch like nowhere else in Ibiza. The chef is focused on experimenting and mixing flavours, showcasing amazing skill and resulting in some seriously incredible food.
The restaurant is situated at the crossroads towards Portinatx and San Vicente, in a rustic villa previously occupied by a local restaurant. The new owners have updated the building, carefully retaining its original decoration in respect of the surrounding natural environment which is very much in keeping with the bohemian, all natural culture of the North of the island.
The restaurant has a charming ‘zen’ atmosphere with cool beats in the background., whilst the food takes inspiration from traditional Spanish to South American flavours (which is hugely on the rise at the moment), to Asian dishes. Starters include sushi and pork belly, followed by curries and stews for mains, this restaurant has an edge unlike any other on the island.
Two things that particularly stood out for us at Shamarkanda aside from the incredible food, were the friendly staff and atmosphere, along with the reasonable prices. Definitely a worthwhile visit!
Kaixo recently opened its doors in the heart of Ibiza town, just a road back from the ferry port on a pedestrian street, making it easily accessible to stroll over to if you’re sightseeing over at Dalt Vila, exploring the Old Town or just doing a little shopping in the city.
Offering an extensive menu of tapas, pintxos and salads, this new little trendy spot is a perfect place to stop any time of day. Outside there’s a large terrace where you can soak up the sun away from the traffic and busy streets of the city, or you can be seated in the modern yet cosy restaurant inside.
The menu offers some excellent options of meat or fish in the purest Spanish/Basque style, made with great quality products. In addition there’s an array of delicious traditional Spanish rice dishes to satisfy the most demanding palates, alongside a solid wine menu.
If you’re a fan of Can Terra just around the corner, imagine a bigger less hectic version with similar style food, but larger plates and prices just as unbeatable.
Last but absolutely not least is Beso Ibiza, which we are super excited about! We’ve seen Beso Beach in Formentera go from strength to strength over the years, attracting the likes of Kate Moss and her tribe, Orlando Bloom, and Ricky Martin to name but a few.
Without a doubt Beso Beach Formentera is an outstanding place, so the expectation for the new Ibiza edition was of course very high and we’re pleased to report Beso Beach Ibiza absolutely did not disappoint. The Beso brand is where class meets laid-back beach life and gourmet Greek, Mediterranean and Spanish/Basque food.
The new hot spot along the Las Salinas beach stretched with beautiful white sands along Ibiza’s most Southern tip, opened back in May with their signature low-key yet cool all-natural raw-material design, attentive staff and fun vibrant atmosphere. The service as expected is impeccable, making this a fantastic spot to while away the day on their beach sun-beds with a cocktail in hand.
For lunch or dinner, you can feast on a vast choice of exquisite local fish or seafood paella, whilst meat lovers can tuck into Spanish Iberico ‘Jamon’ or Chuleton steak. Eating at Beso is an experience that everyone should try!
At EC Villas, we offer some beautiful Ibiza villas, close to some of these fantastic restaurants. If you’d like to find out more about our accommodation, or to visit any of these restaurants drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and live like a local!