You Say Ibiza … I say Eivissa Part II
More top picks from the White Isle
It is rumoured that even the King of Spain was refused a table at El Bigote, as he did not have a reservation. But making a reservation is quite a performance in itself as you have to drive to the restaurant to book a table a few days beforehand, you are then required to call on the day by 11am to confirm your reservation at 2pm (the telephone is a relatively new addition to the El Bigote set-up but we were unable to make reservations by phone last year and I believe the same is applicable this year) You can also make a reservation for 12 noon to have grilled fish but will need to be finished before the second sitting arrives ….
There is a steep incline down to the car park and restaurant but as you make your way from the dusty parking under the pine trees, the view with the tumbledown fisherman huts to one side and a small pontoon with a resident seagull and buoy atop, this stunning bay bathed in sunlight looks as if it has been created as a movie set. As you are greeted by your waiter ask for a table by the sea if possible as sharing your bread with the fish that swim to you is perfect entertainment whilst you wait for your food. Lunch from 2pm is one choice only, Bullit de Peix. A typical Ibizan dish of assorted locally caught fish including monkfish, grouper and rock fish and potatoes cooked in a saffron broth. A huge platter is served at the table after a salad, bread, alioli and olive starter and then when you think you are finished they bring the second part of your meal, a paella style rice that has been cooked in the saffron juices left from your potato and fish course. There are even ‘seconds’ on offer for anyone still able to squeeze in yet more food. All washed down with a cold Rosado. I think for me this is probably my favourite Ibiza experience for both location and food , wines are reasonably priced and the Bullit de Peix is a very reasonable €17 per head. Well worth the extra effort to book a day or two before!
TOP TIP : Request a table on the water’s edge but make sure you have your sunscreen and sunnies with you!