Restaurant Review: Aiyanna Ibiza

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Aiyanna is one of Ibiza’s most hotly-anticipated summer openings. Good Things editor Zoe Perrett enjoys ocean views and a fresh Mediterranean menu

If Aiyanna was a person, it’d be one of those girls with a magpie eye for style, who flit from market to market on their global travels picking up a little something of the local style wherever they go. ‘Global boho’ was clearly the intention – and it’s been achieved with roaring success.

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Huge patterned Guatamalan parasols shade the alfresco dining area, where a silver Airstream juice bar brings a hint of Americana to the mix. An abundance of natural materials and muted tones speaks of Scandi chic whilst, inside, colourful fake birds perch on cage-like lampshades that feel as though they could have come from an Indian bazaar or a Moroccan souk.

It’s all very eclectic, and it’s all extremely Ibiza. Like its sister venue Amante, Aiyanna has got it spot-on. And, like its sibling, it’s a venue with many different facets.

From the lower terrace, you can recline on a beanbag or a comfy chair whilst you stare out over the wavy waters of Cala Nova. Inside, an area well-populated with soft furnishings has a loungey feel. We dine on the terrace, which is scattered variously with oversized metal fish sculptures, blackboard menus, and impossibly attractive waitstaff.

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Those waiters aren’t just winning in the aesthetic stakes, but also in the art of hospitality. Aiyanna is a cool venue, but there’s none of that arrogant service which suggests it’s a privilege to be there – just good vibes from a content, competent team.

From fresh-pressed juices to healthy veg-led mains, Aiyanna’s menu has nailed ‘Ibiza 2017’. Basque chef Oskar Reboredo’s food is mostly Mediterranean but with a Middle Eastern accent, and it’s perfectly suited to both place and customer.

Wines are fine here – not least a noteworthy pale Rioja rose, of which a chilled glass proves to be a thoroughly pleasant aperitif. A capsule collection of cocktails are heavy on the fruit (and light on the wallet), whilst a diverse list of superfoodie juices appeals to the abstinent.

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Keen to try some of the seasonal organic produce that’s sourced from Aiyanna’s own garden, we kick off with a mezze platter to share, and in so doing almost achieve our entire five-a-day in a single dish.

Various crudites flank mounds of baba ganoush, beetroot dip and dal; cous cous salad and a warm pitta lending the whole shebang a little more substance. It’s the very definition of ‘virtuous indulgence’ and, given the popularity of veganism on the island, it’ll go down a storm.

If you, like us, are regularly swayed from the pleasures of plants by a nice piece of meat or fish, fear not: Aiyanna has plenty for you, too. Main course choices of lamb brochettes and grilled octopus stick to the venue’s signature style: both light and fresh with an exotic accent.

The former comes in the form of a kind of deconstructed kebab (which is swiftly reassembled by its eater) – skewers of juicy marinated meat served alongside tzatsiki, shredded salad and another of those pittas. Octopus aint always done right, but Aiyanna’s is a textbook example of how to cook the cephalopod: tender yet firm to the bite, and almost caramelised on the outside. Muhummara – a spiced puree of roasted red peppers, walnuts and bread – proves an astute accompaniment.

Some might suggest that 30-degree heat and a hot chocolate coulant are not a merry mix, but I have no problem putting paid to a perfectly-cooked pud with an oozing liquid centre that melds well with the beetroot ice-cream with which it’s served. Tropical fruit ceviche provides a cooler – and rather less calorific option.

When you’re in such a lovely location you feel no inclination to leave and, with absolutely no pressure from staff for you to make a move, you could easily stay put until they shut up shop for the evening (and indeed, we very nearly do). Aiyanna’s onto a winning formula – if they could sell it by the glass like those juices, they’d make a fortune.

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Where: Avinguda Cala Nova, s/n, 07850 Cala Nova, San Carlos, Ibiza, Spain. Find out more by clicking here.

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