Dish of the day: Lobster Salad at Bambuddha

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Those with a taste for something light, fresh and with a hint of exoticism will instantly fall head over heels with MediterrAsian restaurant Bambuddha‘s salad of vibrant field greens with rich, tender lobster claw and tail plus young enoki mushrooms, pickled daikon radish takuan and bright yuzu dressing. Melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness that is perfect for those hot and steamy Ibiza nights…

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Dish of the day: Catch of the day at Atzaro Beach

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In 2014, Ibiza beach restaurant Atzaro Beach transformed its restaurant into one of the island’s most stylish ‘marisquerias’ – seafood specialists! You literally cannot get fresher than the oven baked catch of the day, roasted with local potatoes and red peppers with a sprig of fresh rosemary, having been plucked straight from the Ibiza and Formentera waters that very morning, sliced at your table while it’s still steaming from the oven!

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New! Samovar, Ibiza restaurant

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Samovar Restaurant began life in 1978 as a humble little German café in the quaint seaside village of Siesta, named after a Russian teapot. Fast forward to today, the popular restaurant has evolved and expanded to become a buzzing eatery – fusing classic cookery with creative modern flavours to cater to its international clientele – open all year round. Continue reading

Top table: The Giri Cafe

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For a delicious breakfast, a long lunch or an alfresco dinner, there’s no better seat in the house at San Juan restaurant The Giri Cafe than the terrace corner ‘booth’. Surrounded by lush greenery, boasting beautiful views over the countryside and onsite veggie patch and drenched in natural sunlight, it’s the perfect place to park up for a morning or afternoon of delicious food (new for 2014 is the breakfast menu and great value lunchtime menu del dia) – whether you’re cosying up as a couple or pulling the tables together to make a long table perfect for celebrations. Continue reading

New! Vi Cool by Sergi Arola, Ibiza restaurant

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Ibiza’s gastronomy scene has been buzzing with the news of the all-new Vi Cool by Sergi Arola restaurant launch on the stunning rooftop of Aguas de Ibiza in 2014. Guests enter via a separate entrance to the hotel, with a lift that whizzes you straight up to the roof where the view and the food alike are nothing short of sensational! Continue reading

La Oliva: From generation to generation

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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.

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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!”

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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!”

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Now serving breakfast! The Giri Cafe, San Juan

the-giri-cafe-breakfastAt long last! An Ibiza restaurant serving a ‘real’ breakfast, seven days a week – from June 1, 2014, The Giri Cafe will be serving up a traditional breakfast and brunch menu, but with a ‘Giri twist’, from 9am until midday seven days a week. We’re not going to spoil the surprise for you, but you can bet your morning coffee that the ingredients and herbs will be plucked direct from The Giri garden in the morning, then delivered to your table not long after. You don’t get much fresher than that!

The sun-drenched garden space of The Giri Cafe is the perfect spot to take your morning coffee while catching up on emails, or fuel up before a big day on Ibiza’s northern beaches. In fact, if our previous Giri experiences are anything to go by, the breakfast itself will be worth the journey alone (if you’re not from that neck of the woods of course!).

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Dish of the day: Herbed Linguini with Beef Fillet Slices at Samovar

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Famous for fusing classic cookery with creative modern flavours to cater to its international clientele, Samovar Restaurant in Siesta on the island’s east coastis a buzzing hotspot from morning until night. Feel like a fuel-up? Tuck into this lush linguini – coated in delicious herbs and served with sauteed cherry tomatoes and melt-in-your-mouth beef fillet slices – one for those with a hearty appetite!

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2014 update! Cicale Ibiza

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Housed in a 200-year old finca tucked away in the San Lorenzo countryside, Cicale Ibiza is like a secret garden for lovers of food – Mediterranean with Italian influences – from all over the world.

With a seasonally evolving fresh and healthy menu, there is always something to tempt taste buds, from ricotta and pumpkin ravioli with rosemary and pine nuts to an organic quinoa salad or a divine fillet steak with crunchy potatoes. Long-term customer favourites include aubergine parmigiana, crispy chilli baby squid and of course, the homemade pasta.

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