Taste in Jesus
Taste is the name of this new garden restaurant which is definitely worth a visit. It is located just five minutes away from Ibiza town on the road from Jesus to Cala Llonga at kilometre 0.6. It used to be known as Tu Casa, but is now called Taste. Now this rustic establishment with its gorgeous garden is being run by Petra Flenter and Hans Molkenboer, both from the Netherlands. These two inveterate restauranteurs have run a variety of establishments back in their home country – and for many years have been attracted by Ibiza’s relaxed atmosphere. Several months ago they decided to take the plunge, to move to Ibiza and start a new restaurant.
The new interior of the restaurant is modern and warm and the garden is as gorgeous as ever. The guests enjoy relaxed jazz-lounge music and the nighttime chill-out flair for which Ibiza is so famous. The kitchen offers fresh Mediterranean dishes in a modern style with tasty nuances from around the world. Among other things they recommend the giant prawn tempura with chilli marmalade or the grilled vegetables with Mahon cheese and balsamic vinegar. They have an excellent selection of Cavas and wines and the service is easy going and professional. Over the next few weeks they are also offering “fixed menus”, however, guests can also always order ‘a la carte’ or from the selection of daily specials. Restaurant Taste, Carretera Jesus-Cala Llonga at kilometre 0.6.
Flamingo Grill, Es Canar
Fans of top quality meat and large portions will be enthusiastic that the Flamingo Grill in Es Canar is open again, and there are two pieces of good news that come with this announcement – well, perhaps three. The prices at the restaurant have not changed a cent, there is a fixed menu for 25 euros per person that changes monthly (glass of Cava, alioli and bread, small soup, salad, sorbet, fillet of beef with baked potato and dessert) and, last but not least, the famous Kobe/Wagyu beef is now a permanent fixture on the menu. Readers may recall that we tried the Kobe/Wagyu beef for the first time during the Ibiza NOW gourmet meeting at the Flamingo Grill last year.
Donja and Klaus are famous for their excellent meat dishes and friendly service and the meats, whether beef or pork, rabbit, chicken or skewers of the same, are all prepared on the big BBQ in the garden over very special wood. We find the Flamingo Grill to be one of the best places for meat on the island. Donja and Klaus also received an honour recently: Holiday Check chose their connected hotel as having one of the best price-performance ratios in the whole of Spain. You can find the Flamingo Grill in Es Canar on the left-hand side when you come from Santa Eularia past Cala Martina and the Hippy Market site. Follow the narrow road in and then just follow your nose.
Chiang mai, Santa Eularia and Eivissa
Appetite for a delicious Thai meal during your lunch break? Then the Chiang mai restaurants in Santa Eularia or Ibiza town are the right place for you. In May both locations are offering a fixed lunch menu for 11,95 euros. Now a drink and dessert are both included in the price, meaning you are getting even more for your money of the same quality that we’ve come to expect.
Guests can choose from four appetisers and five main dishes. Desserts include lychee fruits or ice cream. If you don’t want a dessert you can substitute a coffee, naturally free of charge and if you prefer to eat at home or back in the office you can also get the lunch menu and drink to take away. In the evenings the menu offers a wider pallete of exotic specialities that will make you feel as if you’re in Thailand.
The addresses: Santa Eularia – Passatge Molins de Rei; Eivissa – Calle Sant Cristofol 20, Local 4b, Torre des Limoner.
La Vineria in Jesus
The exceptional Italian Trattoria del Mar restaurant on the Marina Botafoch now has a sister establishment. At the start of April this family owned business opened a second location in the heart of Jesus, with a view of the village church directly opposite, called La Vineria. As you might already guess from the name, wine fans will be well served here. Their 14 page menu includes about a hundred different wines – it’s almost a book of wines. Naturally they include Ibicencan wines from Can Rich on their solid wood shelves, but wine fans who like variety in their drink will find a number of wines that cannot be found in other island restaurants.
In culinary terms La Vineria complements the Trattoria del Mar. The kitchen has focusedon a selection of small meals for in-between and tapas with an Italian flair: rocket salad with gambas and Parmesan cheese, bruchettas topped with freshly prepared vegetables (warm or cold), Parma ham as an alternative to the local Serrano and Ibérico varieties. “The quality is just as high as in the Trattoria, however, La Vineria is a more urbane place to go out,” say Linda and Gabriele, who cheerfully take care of their guests. Simply stop by and check it out! La Vineria, Calle Cap Martinet 3, Jesus (Santa Eularia), telephone: 971 19 18 27. Open daily (except Sundays) continuously from 1 am to midnight
El Pato, Santa Gertrudis road
After a long break El Pato is throwing open its doors again on May 15th. Fans of the best cuisine and good wines will be pleased as El Pato, under the direction of head chef Matthias, is regularly chosen by restaurant critics as one of the best venues on Ibiza. The comfortable atmosphere and charm of the 300 plus year old finca works its magic as well as the gorgeous garden during the summer. Beneath palms and between blossoms the tables, with their white tablecloths, are a wonderful place to enjoy a meal and drinks.
The menu of the restaurant will again be offering market fresh specialities, including high quality fish and, naturally, duck – which is hardly surprising since El Pato means duck. The restaurant is open daily (except Mondays) from 7:30pm. El Pato is located together with Ars Vivendi on the road from Eivissa to Santa Gertrudis. The guests of both restaurants will be celebrating a big party together in the second half of May
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