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In an absolute prime position overlooking the spectular bay of Cala Nova, Atzaro Beach Restaurant must rank as one of the most beautiful settings to dine at in Ibiza overlooking the crystal blue sea and distant views of Tagomago island.
It really is something to behold. The restaurant is part of the uber chic Atzaro group comprising of their cool casual beach bar just a stones throw away along the sand, the main boutique hotel in the north and the newly opened Aubergine near Santa Gertrudis which is dedicated to the whole ‘field to fork’ ethos. They really have everything covered it seems.
This year the Atzaro Beach Restaurant has had a complete redevelopment of their menu. Previously the menu consisted of modern European dishes with an Asian influence – all very good but somehow when looking onto crystal waters, to me, fresh seafood comes to the forefront of my mind. And this is what the clever team of Azaro have recognised – they have gone back to basics with a plethora of fresh authentic seafood in wonderful abundance. Seafood with a sea view, does it get any better?
The charming maître Rodrigo Nuno explained to us that this decision to go back to simple traditional Mediterranean roots has really paid of and expects that this season will be an exceptional year. He expertly guides us through the menu making welcome suggestions for the starters and main courses. First to arrive were fresh mussels in a marinara sauce. I have to say I was more than pleasantly surprised – even though not fully in season yet, the mussels were succulent, plump and juicy.
The tomato sauce was wonderfully piquant and rich with the right level of sweetness from the red peppers rounded off with a final note of chilli heat. Oh yes, they were good.
The Salmon tartar with avocado also delivered – cured in a citrus trio of lime, lemon and orange which gave just enough acidity without overwhelming the delicacy of the fish. Served on a luxurious base of creamy avocado with lollo rosso, alfalfa and micro cress as a garnish with a scattering of tart raspberries and pistachio crumb that kept the rich sweetness in check. It’s indulgent, yet balanced and refreshingly craveable.
Onto the sharing platter of mixed grilled seafood. Rodrigo explained to us that this is a great dish to share as it encompasses the full range of seafood on the menu – ideal if you want to sample everything. It was a melange of razor clams, mussels, langoustines, squid, baby clams, sea bream, John Dory and hake. Cooked with delicate precision and complimented with a light dressing of olive oil, garlic and parsley, simplicity is the key here and it was delicious. The razor clams – often easily overcooked and can tend to be tough and chewy, these though were as tender and sweet as the calamari and along with the John Dory were the stars of the seafood show.
Finally we were encouraged to try the Arroz Ciego which translates to Blind Rice – a house speciality. The term ‘blind’ basically means you do not need to look at the dish to eat it, as the shells, skin and bones of the seafood have been fully removed. I have to admit, I rather like the fiddly element of a paella, however this has a slightly different dimension to it as it is finished in the oven developing a delicious and flavourful skin/crust on top of the rice whilst everything underneath remains moist. Highly recommended.
As the summer season kicks in on the island there is an overwhelming choice of places to eat on the beach. One thing is for sure though, if you want to tick off the boxes for amazing food, incredible views, attentive waiters and chic surroundings, Atzaro Beach Restaurant has a full house.
You’ll find Atzaro Beach on the Cala Nova beach, Es Canar in the Santa Eulaulia district. You can make a reservation here +34 971 078 228