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Ibiza Delights

Dave Powell | Sep 12, 2002 10:12 AM

Following my recent request for restaurants in Ibiza, none were sadly forthcoming. However I managed to get a few recommendations from various guides and tourists during our stay and thought I would share some of these with you all.

What amazed me most was that I managed to find three absolutely lovely restaurants in San Antonio, well known for it's english lager louts.

One that was highly recommended before I left was Kasbah, a sunset restaurant and little way off the beaten track near Coastline Cafe and Kanya. The menu wasn't as great as I had been lead to expect but we did eat on a Monday when there was no fresh catch. When the food actually arrived we found it had some pleasant surprises with Asian influences. I ordered a divine chargrilled chicken with rice and melon whilst my girlfriend opted for the equally delicious fish cakes. The food was well prepared with a Kiwi (fusion) influence. We chatted with the chef after our meal who suggested a few other venues for the rest of the week.

Our second dinner was in the recently revamped Villa Mercedes at the port of San Antonio. An eclectic menu with something for everyone and clearly catering for the more discerning of British palettes. I enjoyed a local twist on bangers and mash with fresh chorizo. My girlfriend was a little disappointed with her fish of the day - cod with asparagus on polenta cake with hollandaise - too salty and the sauce too rich and overbearing on the dish. Nice setting but once the DJ left we were treated to some Musak courtesy of Kenny G - hmmm....I thought he was banned from Ibiza???

Our final meal in San An took us to Il Vaticano - an Italian oasis that was hidden in the midst of cheap hotels, abandoned building sites and wasteland. However, once inside it was the beautifully decorated (my god it even had a mini-recreation of the Michaelangelo's famous ceiling painting) and it seemed we had entered another world. As for the food, well, both main courses we ordered were exceptional. Chicken breast filled with cheese and chives and Seafood parpadelle. Incredibly fresh ingredients, fantastic personalised service (complimentary amuse bouches) and romantic, intimate setting all combined to create an incredible dining experience considering the location.

In Ibiza town we decided to eat in La Brasa, a small covelike eatery on the outskirts of the old town but close enough to all the action of the gay district of Ibiza town. On our first time there (we returned later in the week, it was so good) we decided to share a entree, which was fish in a delicious creamy cheese sauce served in oyster shells. This was followed by a main course of chicken and lobster plater whilst my girlfriend opted for a salmon (served in the same cheese sauce) and rice dice. On our second outing (on a Friday night) we tucked into some beautifully prepared esgargot and an onion soup followed by seafood paella. Service was very good and the setting was beautiful but I would recommend visiting on a weeknight as at the weekend they were slightly less attentive.

Finally may I also recommend the Raimat Chardonnay which was frequently coiffed throughout the holiday. A consistently great drop at around 11-15 euros depending on the restaurant.

One other quick question... are we the only clubbing chowhounds around here?

Link: http://www.clubberscityguide.co.uk

Image: http://www.whoscooking.co.uk/club2/cc...

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