My favourite places for dinner on the white isle…
1. Km5 – cosmopolitan atmoshere and the best beef
It’s a great experience all-round and a visit to this glamorous place always puts me in a party mood. The intimate restaurant boasts the best Argentinian beef – grilled on an open fire – as well as fresh fish, pasta and salads. The wine list always hits the spot. Afterwards sip a mojito in the dreamlike garden and then hit the small but perfectly formed dance floor until dawn (well at least 4am)!
2. La Paloma – rustic bliss with swanky guests
Nestled in the rural north of the island, the tiny village of San Lorenzo is where you’ll find one of the most happening restaurants in Ibiza. Italian fare, home-cooked and delicious, served in a shabby-chic setting on rustic tables painted Greek blue. Most ingredients are local and organic in this pastoral idyll but the simple surroundings belies the sophistication of the clientèle – this is where you’ll often bump into a famous face or two.
3. Planet Sushi B4 – lots of style and substance too
When I crave a bit of Miami bling I head for this eaterie down from Pacha in Marina Botafoch. The food is good although I’ve had more authentic sushi in Japan as well as several cities around the world but hey… here it’s all about style and it makes for a fun warm up to a long night… The gyosas are yummy and I always collect the little mini torches they provide to help decipher the menus during the dark August nights – perfect to keep under your pillow in case of Ibiza black outs!!!
4. Es Xarcu – on the waterfront by candle light
This is a wonderful place for the freshest fish and seafood served right by the sea. Popular during the day with the boaty set who hop into tenders and head to shore, I prefer the place at night when candles light the path to beat-up wooden tables inches from the waves. Very romantic – do beware if you plan on going with someone unsuitable!
Tel. 971-187 867
5. El Clodenis – Ibiza, Provence
This is an institution in Ibiza. For many years Denis himself cooked here and now that he’s no longer with us, David and Audrey have picked up the mantle and are doing a great job at that! The garden is stunning with its simple pool and myriad of flowers and the cooking is Provençale and consistently good. The lentil salad starter is a classic and a must!
And I couldn’t help adding…
Les Terrasses – for couscous on Tuesdays
This magic place on the road to Santa Eulalia, the entrance marked by a blue rock, is a boutique hotel run by Françoise Pialoux. On Tuesdays she opens the doors to outside guests for a veritable couscous feast – and people from all over the island heed the summons. The garden is an oasis of calm and greenery, charm and simple good taste. Highly recommended.