The holidays are bearing down with freight-train inevitability so naturally, I’ve been thinking about food. My national origins call for turkey-gobbling in November, but here in Ibiza the sun is still shining and the emphasis is on fresh, organic food. Our neighbours have orange trees sporting fruit the size of softballs, a few late figs are ripening and my daily run takes me past fields of flowering potato plants and rows of ruby red peppers.
Among the best places to taste the island’s delicious home-grown vegetables are traditional Ibicenco restaurants like Cami de Balafia (+971 325 019), on the Sant Joan carretera. In the summer, you can’t move for superstar DJs and boho A-listers swanking around its garden, so autumn is the perfect time to enjoy its homely charms. The concept is simple: vast, earth-red slabs of meat; fat sausages and – to redress the corpuscle balance – heaps of wonderful garden-fresh salad.
If you prefer your greens unaccompanied by the scent of barbeque, Sant Llorenc favourite La Paloma (+971 325 543) is herbivore heaven, concocting wonderful Italian/Asian fusion dishes with ingredients from their generous vegetable patch.
Another local favourite – and an essential stop for cheese-lovers – is Can Caus (+971 197 517), outside Santa Gertrudis. They have their own dairy and make an array of delicious cheeses, which they serve up by the platter along with succulent meat, piles of grilled veg and dangerously easy-drinking house wine. It’s a family-friendly space as well, so you can take the kids and make lunch a whole-afternoon affair.
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