Words: Helen Davies
Photography: Courtesy of Ibiza Gran Hotel & La Skimal
As we leap from spring towards summer, many of our favourite restaurants on Ibiza are now emerging from hibernation and polishing their front doors. And just a couple of weeks ago saw the elegant and chic opening of Restaurante La Gaia, situated in the desirable location within the five-star Ibiza Gran Hotel in the clutches of Marina Botafoch – meaning there are only a few steps between boat and dining table, and you’re only a few swishes away from an apres-dinner boogie at Pacha or HEART Ibiza.
A dining experience at La Gaia Ibiza can only be described as a decadent yet sophisticated experience. The food is based on Nikkei techniques, a cuisine that is often mislabeled as fusion but runs much deeper than that. Around 35 years ago when many Japanese industrial companies visited Peru, chefs that usually catered for the Peruvian palate began to add Japanese influences to their dishes. These small adjustments led the way for a unique cultural merging. It was this method of cooking that inspired La Gaia’s head chef Oscar Molina to design a creative and inspiring menu of ‘Japeruvian’food.
The internationally renowned chef, who has been leading the Ibiza Gran Hotel’s gastronomic offering since 2008, spends his winters travelling all over the globe to educate himself further. In recent years, he has completed a 40-day culinary tour in Peru, where he cooked in different restaurants and surrounded himself by the local culture whilst learning from the heritage and adding to his already knowledgeable culinary skills.
On this year’s menu, you will find treats such as Black Pork and Prawn Gyozas, Cured Mackerel Salad, Monkfish cheeks, Croaker Fish Tiradito and Truffle Tofu, and divine desserts including the imaginative Blood Orange Peruvian Sigh, or the addictive combination of Chocolate & Peanuts. Wash it down with potent signature cocktails such as the gutsy and eye-catching Yuki Fuji, or the aromatic Passion Fruit Pisco Sour.
La Gaia, which opened its doors for the first time in 2016, surely offers one of the most stylish dining experiences on the island thanks to its ‘open’ cooking theatre and elegant decor featuring original installations and displays that have rightfully earned the Ibiza Gran the title of ‘art hotel’. All of this, in combination with the world-class service, will see us quickly booking our table for our next visit to this swish gastronomic hotspot!
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