One of the most healthy and flourishing food trends in Ibiza in recent years has been the vegan movement. Mainly based in the centre of the island around the hippy chic village of Santa Gertrudis, 2017 looks set to be the year of the Vegan. The meat and dairy free diet is appealing to the growing health and image conscious crowd that Ibiza is now attracting. Even San Antonio is set to open a brand new Vegan restaurant owned by the people who run the Allergen techno party. As a novice to the Vegan scene, I asked one of the islands most notorious and outspoken Vegan rebels, aka The Synth Porn Widow, to write a guest blog on the buzzing green scene. Below is her report;
Adventures in Veg Cuisine on Ibiza
It was with great delight that I joined my Veg Lover and a few of his DJ buddies for dinner at Wild Beets Restaurant in Santa Gertrudis, in the centre of Ibiza.
We decided to go for the degustation menu on Ibiza’s only 100% plant based restaurant. Amazing food, we were blown away by the delicious, varied and oh so tasty yet healthy vegan and raw dishes we ate. Well if you are going to try this kinda stuff it really should be in the right setting, no point in eating raw food on a wet winters day, eh!
From lime and lentil soup, to beetroot ravioli, sushi, through to baby sunburgers and finishing off with raw cheesecake and almond pralines, all washed down with organic cava. It was a fantastic energising meal, we felt full yet not heavy. Perfect if you intend to dance the night away! I would definitely call this gourmet standard.
Santa Gertrudis must be the V centre of Ibiza as it has several options for veg affecionados from the ‘60’s style of vegetarian cooking’ at Ecocento with it’s delightful setting to Aubergine’s Garden to Table freshness, Picadeli’s delicious good food take away, Plaisir and it’s Spanish version of a hip café, S’Luiz who have Meat free Monday’s and Musset’s yummy veggie breakfast. All offer well labelled and thought out veg otions.
I highly recommend an excursion to Forada Market on a Saturday. They serve veggie paella at 2pm, sit down and enjoy to the DJ’s of Casita Verde.
My first vegetarian meal (full English, excellent) on the Island was at the Passion Café in Playa D’En Bossa, since then Lana Love has gone on to open four more locations. Each has a slightly different feel and many others have copied her style. Although the Passion Chain offer meals for all – vegans to flexitarians (occasional meat indulgers) Lana has a very positive attitude towards bringing more veg to our plates. Every year she reduces the number of meat dishes available, apparently her clients hardly seem to notice!
One of my favourite discoveries has been the wonderful plethora of choice in small, local shops and organic supermarkets in every village. Some of them have a better selection of vegan deli delights than a Holland and Barrott. In Santa Eulalia and Ibiza Town they stock lots of fresh take away, especially vegan. Perfect to assemble a picnic for the beach.
This year the local Tourist Board has embraced the well being trend and their new website is quite a comprehensive directory.
Naturally there are also many places that ’pop up’ during the season, most lovely but they tend to shut down quite quickly. The places I have mentioned are all established and most stay open all year round.
As the wellness trend becomes mainstream expect to see more positive food trends become the norm, especially on Ibiza.
Eat more greens! Sara, cat lover, muse, life long veggie and super fan of Ibiza