It is with great pride (and happy tears in our eyes), that we can announce that we have won the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2021, for the second year running!
For anyone that hasn’t heard of it, the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award celebrates restaurants that consistently deliver a fantastic experience to travellers around the world. The hospitality industry has been hit really hard by the pandemic, and more so those that are located in seasonal tourist destinations. In these particularly challenging times, we are extremely proud that we have managed to stand out again, by providing great service and a memorable experience to our lovely guests. We did only manage 3 months of trade in 2020, but we made those 3 months count as best we could.
This award puts us in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide, for delivering a consistently great experience to our customers. Now that really is something to be proud of!
With all this in mind, we really want to thank our fantastic team for working so hard in these really challenging times. Sweating through their masks, adhering to the ever changing and sometimes illogical rules and restrictions. And generally doing what they can to help us keep the business going in these hard times.
Special thanks to our wonderful Kitchen team, lead by our fantastic Head Chef Alex, for consistently preparing amazing innovative dishes that our customers are really wowed by. Thanks to the wonderful Bar team, lead by our creative Bar Manager Ben, for inventing some amazing moreish house cocktails, and much more. Thanks to the ever smiling front of house team, for making sure everyone receives a warm welcome and a truly memorable experience.
And to everyone that has done their bit to make Tapas Restaurant & Garden Bar what it is today…
And mostly, thanks to you, our loyal customers, for your consistent support. Whether you have shared a review of your experience on tripadvisor, or on our google business page. Dined with us, told your friends about us, made an instastory and tagged us in it, shared a post, liked one of our social media posts, or even are just reading this blog, it all counts. And we are very grateful.
We are off to crack open a bottle of something fizzy now, and we look forward to welcoming more of you to Tapas over the next few weeks of the season, and for many more years to come.
With more positive news from the Spanish governments yesterday, we are feeling even more positive about the Ibiza Summer 2021 Season. We are now allowed to open “without interruption”. Meaning we can open a bit earlier in the evening, although the close time remains a firm 10:30pm.
But we are really pleased with this development, and happy that we can extend our evening dining slots to be able to accommodate more of you. Our new opening times will be in place for the next two weeks, until the next announcement.
How is the island right now?
Having been open at Tapas since the end of March. We have seen a steady increase in tourism over the last couple of weeks. Welcoming a lovely selection of international diners visiting from the mainland, Holland, Germany, France, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland… hold tight England, it will be your turn soon!
There is a definite buzz about the island at the moment, with the temperature hotting up, and more and more Opening Parties being announced every day. That coupled with a steady flow of European tourists arriving on the island, bringing with them a positive attitude to travel and tourism.
With the rules changing every two weeks, we think the most googled question in Ibiza at the moment must be “restaurants open in Ibiza now?” and we are proud to be one of them.
The media might have us on an emotional rollercoaster. But we are confident that businesses, customers and tourists all know the rules. And it is time for everyone to get on with enjoying life, just with a little extra dose of caution for now…
What’s on the menu at Tapas at the moment?
Having opened with a smaller team to start with… we have a slightly smaller Tapas menu available, but don’t worry, there is still plenty of choice. The Tapas Kitchen is certainly making are making up for it with some fantastic daily specials to get your taste buds going.
On Sundays we have also been really enjoying flying the “Sunday Roast” flag for our sister restaurant Relish Restaurant & Pool Bar. With Relish’s Head Chef joining us every Sunday to prepare his famous Sunday feast, here at Tapas, until Relish opens back up for the season.
We have also been really enjoying experimenting with a few new dishes, for our Relish’s ‘World Tapas’ Menu and a some new creations for our house cocktails menus. Lots of exciting things to come this Summer..
We just want to say a massive thank you to Ibiza’s wonderful local and international residents, who have shown us unwavering support. And to all the new faces that have joined us, it has been a pleasure getting to know you. We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting new tourists and hearing their experiences over the last year or so. And last, but by no means least, thanks to our wonderful, supportive, hard working team, we couldn’t do it without you.
Thanks to all of you, we are able to do what we love, and we couldn’t be happier…
Team Tapas X
If you are on the island, and fancy paying us a visit, we are recommending booking a table as we have limited availability some days!
At Tapas we pride ourselves on serving good food, that is made with fresh local ingredients as much as possible. Our theory is, the fresher, and better quality the ingredients, the better the final dish will taste, and the happier our loyal customers will be!
Also high on our list of priorities when introducing items to the menu, is to make sure we offer a wide selection of dishes to cater for our clients dietary requirements. Whether you are Vegan, Vegetarian, have a dairy or gluten intolerance, or none of the above, there is something on our menu for you!
With all the latest research and the sheer amount of information available to us now, people are becoming more informed about where their food comes from. And are more informed about the effects of consumption of various food has on your wellbeing, and our planet!
We want you to have the information too, so we take care to list it on our menu, although sadly we still won’t be giving away our safely guarded recipes, just yet anyway!
Some of our fantastic vegan dishes that you can enjoy from our enticing menu.
- Our Red Pesto Greens, are extremely popular new addition to the menu, these tasty veggies (broccoli, asparagus and green beans) really have the wow factor.
- We have a new Garlic Mushrooms option for you! Although these aren’t listed on the menu as vegan, we have been working away behind the scenes to prepare them so they can be prepared slightly differently, making them super tasty, and vegan! (be sure ask your waiter for this option)
- Having done some research, we still aren’t 100% sure which which came first, the spicy tomato sauce & aioli bravas topping, or the slightly sweeter Paprika sauce option. We introduced the Paprika Potatoes onto the menu as a tasty alternative. Although we have always been able to make the traditional Patatas Bravas with the vegan alioli, and still can.
- Super Green Quinoa Salad, what’s not to love, as much as a vegan salad is relatively easy to put together, we have combined some fresh Summer flavours here to hold together this super tasty and refreshing Summer salad.
- Our Black Bean & Saukraut Salad. With fermented foods proven to be great for your gut health, this flavour combination salad is fresh tasty and great for your tummy.
- What’s not to love about a Hummus Board, served with homemade cumin tortilla chips.
- If you, like many other LOVE aioli, you can still enjoy a “pan y aioli’ with our delicious Vegan Basil Alioli
- A couple of firm favourites on our menu, the colourful and super tasty Broccoli & Chickpea Coconut Curry and the fruity Mixed Bean Tagine
- And finally, if you want the real wow factor you have to try out our amazing Chocolate & Orange Tort, served with a delicious chocolate sauce. Unless you notice the “v” next to this dish, you wouldn’t know that this creamy dessert is vegan.
Vegan or Not, we are always keen to hear your feedback, and we hope you enjoy you experience at Tapas
Ione & Sam were in the later stages of arranging the last little details prior to their dream Ibiza Wedding, when they were served a curve ball neither of them could have anticipated. Their wedding venue had been forced to close!!!
Luckily they had already booked Ibiza Celebrant, Carly Marie, who was quick to the rescue!! Carly quickly got in touch with us at Tapas, and a couple of other venues to see if it would be something we could help with. Sam & Ione then quickly flew out to have a look at the venues, and chose Tapas.
On meeting Ione & Sam there was no doubt we wanted to do everything we could to help them. They were possible the most chilled couple we have ever worked with, they were happy with anything we could do to save their big day.
The couple had chosen Ibiza for their wedding because it was where they had had their first holiday as a couple, and have since returned many times to the beautiful island. It had been a well established dream for them to get married in Ibiza, and celebrate their love in front of a select handful of close family and friends, before starting the rest of their lives together.
Ione & Sam had a limited budget for their wedding. They had been living with Sam’s parents to save money for their wedding, and to buy their dream marital home together. Fortunately the Tapas Garden doesn’t need much to transform it into a beautiful romantic wedding backdrop. With a bit of vision and creativity from the Tapas Events Team, they managed to transform the garden by adding a few romantic touches.
In all honestly, the main objective for this beautiful couple was to get married, and celebrate their love, nothing else mattered…
As well as being a celebrant, Carly is also a singer… after the ceremony Carly sang accompanied by Patrick Levy on guitar. Another truly touching moment on the day was when Sam’s little sister picked up the microphone and surprised the newly weds with a beautiful song, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Finally, we would like wish Sam & Ione a very Happy Anniversary, and to thank them for allowing us to share their story.
We would also like to thank to Carly for all her help assisting with the last minute wedding plans, and putting Sam & Ione in touch with us.
And finally, to Anne for kindly sharing her beautiful photographs with us.
If you are thinking of hosting your dream destination wedding in Ibiza…
Check out our Weddings Page
Our apparent intoxication with alcohol isn’t something that just happened over night. History tells us that as early as 9,000 years ago the ancient Chinese were making a primitive wine out of rice, honey and fruits. The Inca’s, The Ancient Egyptians, The Geeks, The Romans all produced and thoroughly enjoyed the effects of alcohol.
It’s undeniable that alcohol has impacted religion, language and the arts, but it has had a profound influence on the shaping of our modern-day society and culture.
The alcohol industry is worth an estimated 1263 billion (USD) worldwide. In many ways it would be difficult imagining a western society without alcohol. Where do you go if you want meet up with friends in the evening? A Restaurant? A Bar? A Nightclub? Where-ever it is the chances are they will be serving alcohol, even if its not the ‘main attraction’.
In recent times, we have seen societies ideals about what we drink, where we drink and how we drink changing. Gone are the days where the only non- alcoholic option was a branded soft drink, or at least it’s getting there!
Now more than ever, people are very conscious of what they put into their bodies. A trend towards a “healthier lifestye” of reduced meat, vegetarian and vegan diets are on the rise. As well as increasing lean towards abstinence from alcohol. Of course this doesn’t mean that healthy people don’t drink, but as a whole people are thinking more about how much and how often they consume alcohol.
Additionally, *the ‘Hipster’ movement has had a massive effect on this movement. This alternative subculture started a backlash against generic mainstream pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. Instigated a wave of independent venues, whose main objective was to provide a different style. Offering less choice but better quality, we can now see many more wine bars, craft beer breweries, artisan bakers and coffee shops.
With the lean towards quality not quantity, people are happier to pay more for a premium product, rather than drinking just to enjoy the after effects.
We believe that as an industry we have a responsibility to create an environment where it is ok not to drink alcohol by providing exciting and interesting alternatives.
So, what does this mean for Tapas?
With all this in mind, we have developed a new refreshing alcohol free menu. We want to offer something a bit different, that is not only refreshing and tasty, but offers interesting flavour combinations. We have put as much effort into creating this menu as we did our house cocktails menu. Combining interesting ingredients and flavours and offering a choice!
Firstly, we have a selection of homemade lemonades, the classic, a basil lemonade, pink grapefruit and finally a rosemary lemonade. These refreshing drinks are prepared in house by infusing our own cordials, by including the lemon zest these lemonades pack a punch.
Next, we have our selection of homemade iced teas. These teas are all cold brewed in house. By cold brewing them they don’t have tanins that can cause them to be bitter, so they naturally need less sugar making them much healthy than their commercial counterparts.
Finally we have our zero alcohol cocktails. Rather than just preparing the usual classic cocktail without alcohol, we created some drinks focused on creating a well rounded cocktail, that just happens to be non alcoholic.
We really look forward to hearing your feedback, we are really proud of this menu, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.
We are super excited that we have made it to this point where we can finally announce our opening. At one point it seemed like a distant dream. But we have ridden it out here on our little island, and are thrilled that we are coming out the other side of these strange times.
As much as no one really knows what the Ibizan Summer Season holds this year, we are excited to embrace whatever changed are enforced upon us. Nothing like a new set of rules to mix things up a bit and keep us on our toes. Every few years there seems to be a shift of sorts, and people, and businesses have to adjust how they do things.. it’s evolution, and who knows life could be even better within our “new normal”, whichever way, we are excited to find out.
So this summer, things will be a bit different to start with, rest assured we will be adhering to the new government guidelines. But one thing we can guarantee, is the same top quality food, drinks and service.
Our wonderful Bar Manager has been getting us all tipsy testing some amazing new cocktails for our 2020 House Cocktails list. Additionally, we have an ALL NEW non alcoholic drinks menu including some homemade lemonades, iced teas and sangrias.
Our beautiful hidden gem of a garden, will be adorned with fairy lights as usual for evening drinks and snack, you can also enjoy our sharing boards and desserts in there.
As usual, we have tweaked our menu for the 2020 season, to offer some exciting new treats for you all. Over the next few weeks we will be introducing a few of our new dishes on our specials board, for a sneak preview of what is to come. We can’t wait for you to try some new tapas dishes, desserts, and the usual classic.
We can’t wait to get stuck into the new season and see what it offers, and we are really look forward to seeing you all soon.
Bex, Tony, Glyn, & Team Tapas