Words: Rosie Wilson
Photography: La Skimal
Dalt Vila is the pretty, historic jewel in the crown of beautiful Ibiza Town and a dining experience in the sanctuary of the city walls is truly one of the most special things you can do on the island. Pride of place in the enviable location takes Il Decanter, a new restaurant and bar in the very heart of the stunning monument. Situated at the bottom of the ramp, in rows of pretty cobbled streets and picturesque village vibes, the chic but welcoming eatery offers a beautifully laid back ambience and gorgeous Italian fare.
Whether you’ve spent your day exploring Ibiza’s historic side, relaxing on the beach or enjoying the high life on a private yacht, it’s not hard to work up an appetite on the bustling island. Head to Ibiza’s capital to check out Il Decanter – with gorgeous views of the historic city walls and the majestic cathedral on top of the hill, it’s the perfect vantage point to enjoy beautiful views while you dine. The interiors are cool and modern, with metal accents and light wooden wine shelves. In this breezy, friendly atmosphere it would be easy to let Ibiza’s unparalleled beauty do the talking, but the well thought out interiors of Il Decanter are just as aspirational.
Whether you choose to dine in the funky restaurant itself or out on the vibrant terrace, you’ll be warmly and impeccably looked after by owner Francesco and his friendly team. First to the bar, and Il Decanter deals in contemporary cocktails with a classic twist – when we went, our favourite was the zesty Southside – and we’re in good company, as apparently it was Al Capone’s favourite drink, too. If that doesn’t sound up your street, the expert mixologists offer a wide range of cocktails and mocktails, so there’s something to suit every taste.
And there’s something for everyone when it comes to Il Decanter’s cuisine, too – diners can choose from traditional Italian fare, modern Mediterranean dishes, fresh seafood and sushi and gourmet burgers. Speaking from experience, carnivorous readers will want to try the focaccini flatbread, loaded with pork, melted cheese and foie gras. It’s rich and indulgent, and offers a modern twist on the traditional start to an Italian meal – plus, it’s the perfect sharing starter for groups looking for something a little lighter or more informal than a full three course meal. And if you’re taking recommendations, try the impossibly fresh yellowtail fillet for your main course – topped with a chunky Italian salsa and served with crunchy potato crisps, it’s the perfect combination of simple but delicious flavours and heavenly execution.
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