Balearic Beach Eating
There’s absolutely no pretentiousness at Chiringuito Blue; enjoy a slice of laid-back luxe with great food, deliciously paired wine and a classic Ibizan sun-drenched experience
Review by Lauren Naylor
When the offer of fresh, seasonal home-grown and locally sourced food is on the menu, accompanied by the finest Spanish wines, I was running across the powder fine beach of Santa Eularia, Baywatch style, quicker than you can say Rioja.
The Chiringuito Blue Beach Bar & Restaurant in Santa Eularia, Ibiza is located right by the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean and has a tranquil, authentic vibe. Welcoming families and couples alike, patrons enjoy the calming aesthetic and carefully curated menu at this elegant beach bar.
The food menu is designed by award-winning Israeli Master Chef judge of the last eight years, Haim Cohen, who has taken classic Spanish tapas and given the dishes a Tel Aviv twist. His love for Mediterranean cuisine attracted him to the White Isle in the first place, and his abundance use of fresh locally sourced produce has given diners the opportunity to a truly unique experience.
Open from dawn until dusk; the breakfast menu offers mouth-watering dishes such as eggs served ‘Menemen’ style – scrambled with tomatoes, green peppers and Turkish paneer cheese – designed to be enjoyed alongside a smoothie featuring fruit from the local orchards. The impressive A La Carte menu runs throughout the day and is insanely good – the refreshing yellowtail sashimi and croaker cerviche are a must.
Food can be enjoyed from the restaurant’s beach loungers or soaking up the atmosphere in the all-day beach-side venue punctuated with bright accents and decorated with up-cycled tables, reclaimed timber, and atmospheric lighting.
If you’ve ever visited the W Hotel’s Away Spa, you may be familiar with the interior design and architecture studio of Baranowitz and Kronenberg. As well as that project, they have also developed unique contextual settings such as the uber trendy club Mad Fox Club in Amsterdam, award-winning restaurant Topolopompo, Jaffa-Tel Aviv, and most recently this little gem.
There’s even a dedicated children’s play area, and a ‘nino-friendly’ menu, fusing fresh vegetables with classic, comforting dishes such as penne pasta with tomato sauce and basmati rice with carrots and zucchini – even a healthy popcorn alternative featuring cauliflower.
With sustainability at Chiringuito Blue’s heart, truly reflected in the locality of the ingredients and the recycled materials used in the furniture, the restaurant has partnered with the Ibiza Preservation Fund who focus on the preservation of wildlife. Almost everything on site is plastic-free and any current plastic is 100 per cent recyclable; even plant-based straws are used throughout.
Located on the East coast of Ibiza, around a 20-minute drive from Ibiza town, the restaurant is reached by a pleasant walk along the tranquil environmentally conscious smoke-free beach. Inspiration is drawn from the nearby landscape which gives the eatery its unique, casual appearance. The cool Balearic vibe of the restaurant is captured effortlessly with the spectacular sea views and idyllic setting, all while being neatly nestled in the heart of the beach.
If it’s sail-boat and people-watching you desire, while quaffing quite simply the best house rosé I’ve tasted (btw I did very much enjoy watching a young man walking on his partner’s back as an alternative massage technique), this was lazily achieved from the comfort of my sun lounger.
There’s absolutely no pretentiousness at Chiringuito Blue and it has a relaxed universal appeal. If it’s great food you’re after, deliciously paired wine, and a classic Ibizan sun-drenched experience – step away from the wild high life of Ibiza Town and enjoy a slice of laid-back luxe.
Enquiries: Chiringuito Blue, Paseo Maritimo 15, Santa Eularia Des Riu, Ibiza 07840 / +34 971 331 331 / http://chiringuitoblueibiza.com/