Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes Hotel in San Antonio has launched their new summer menu in the House Restaurant ‘Room 39’, and we were invited along to sample the evening menu, created by chef Adam White.
We started off with a deliciously strong Mojito at the bar, from the Rock n Roll cocktail menu, before sitting down in the Plaza Mayor, the outside courtyard of the restaurant. The courtyard, like the rest of the hotel, is beautifully enhanced with quirky objects d’art and signs, the odd stuffed animal and brightly coloured bougainvillea in all colours of the rainbow. It’s an eclectic but tranquil dining environment, with white mesh canopies overhead to filter out the scorching Ibizan sun.
The A la Carte dinner menu is extensive, with a delicious-sounding mix of starters, salads, main courses, and desserts, with a wine list to match. Whilst we waited for the selection of starters to arrive, we were expertly advised on the winelist, and which wines would be good accompaniments to the food we had chosen. There were crisp whites, a pale chilled rosado (perfect for summer) a selection of reds and of course cava. Along with our chosen wine, came some delicious home-made bread and allioli, served with local green olives.
And then the starters arrived. Fresh tuna tartare with rocket and avocado; Crostini with Serrano ham, fresh figs and mint; Line seared king scallops with spinach and caramelized walnuts; Goats cheese and red onion tart tatin with beetroot puree; Smoked duck and foie gras terrine with apple and cider chutney; Spiced crab cake with chilli jam and coriander crème freche. They were all perfectly cooked, beautifully presented and delicious, but the highlights for me were the scallops, which were a great combination with the spinach and walnuts, the goats cheese tart with the wonderful beetroot puree and the crab cake with the chilli jam. The combination of flavours in most of the dishes, particularly the ham, figs and mint on the crostini and the tuna with rocket and avocado were a delight on the tastebuds.
We had just finished the starters, and already feeling like we’d had a complete meal, when the salads arrived: Shredded duck and mango salad with chilli and soy dressing; Classic ceasar salad (served with and without char-grilled chicken); Quinoa salad with char-grilled asparagus, feta cheese, spinach and rocket; Ensalada caprese with grilled aubergine and fresh pesto; Sesame toasted goats cheese served on crunchy beetroot salad. The flavours in the duck and mango and quinoa salads were amazing, the ceasar salad was perfect and the goats cheese with the beetroot salad (I love beetroot) was delicious.
After a welcome pause, the main courses arrived: Roast chicken supreme with sweet potato, fennel and parmesan gratin; Char-grilled sesame crusted tuna steak on watercress salad with soy, chilli and ginger dressing; Ravioli of goats cheese and chive with char-grilled asparagus rocket and pesto. I chose the tuna, which was cooked to perfection and succulent, and was balanced perfectly with the blend of flavours in the salad, which to my delight also included beetroot. Delicious, and without a doubt the best tuna dish I have ever eaten. My colleague had the chicken, which looked good and was declared to be lovely. The ravioli, which I very nearly chose also looked delicious, and had a large serving of asparagus on the top.
After another pause, a selection of desserts arrived, again, all beautifully presented: Roasted rhubarb panacotta with mango coulis; Lemon cheesecake topped with fresh strawberries and chantilly; Caipirinha fresh fruit salad with fresh mint; Summer fruits tiramisu; Bailey’s chocolate brownie with hot chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream; A selection of local manchego and goats cheeses. Whilst I hardly needed any more food, they all looked so deliciously tempting, it was impossible to resist trying them all. They were all lovely, but of particular note for me were the rhubarb panacotta, which was smooth and deliciously creamy with a nice rhubarb tang and the lemon cheesecake, which was light and lemony. For my colleague, the chocolate brownie was the one to die for. And the cheese was a lovely accompaniment with my red wine at the end of the meal.
All in all, it was a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds, not to mention the stomach. There were lots of healthy dishes with fresh ingredients and flavours, perfect for summer dining on the white isle. And the whole experience was wonderful, topped off with great service from friendly, efficient staff in a fantastic location. I’ll be back!
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