One of my favourite places in Ibiza, is San Antonio’s Sunset strip, famed for its beautiful Balearic views of the Mediterranean sun setting on its horizon. It was the place that inspired Jose Padilla to give birth to the chill out genre of music and before him, it was home to artists, writers and designers like Lluis Guell, who effected the Roman marble that adornes Cafe Del Mar, Summun and Es Paradis. Cafe Mambo holds a special place in my heart, and the family owned and managed Bar is one of the few places in Ibiza that retains a magic air about itself. Not far from Mambo, and owned by the Anadon family, is located a relatively new addition to the Sunset strip, Fresh, which serves some of the best burgers and drinks in Ibiza accompanied by a warm smile and welcome. Now into its third year, Fresh Ibiza is the rising star making waves on the sunset strip.
The warm Fresh hospitality owes much to its manager, Louise Donaghey, an Irish girl native to the proud Ulster City of Belfast. Louise has hand picked a team of staff that all work together to ensure that the customer is looked after from the moment they enter the restaurant. It harps back to the old days in Ibiza, where a warm welcome and chupito greeted returning friends and customers. For me, it means a lot to have that warm hospitality and welcoming smile present on the island and Louise has ensured that the atmosphere surrounding Fresh is always relaxed and happy. Her energy, vitality and pride in her work is evident to see.
The Food is arguably the best on the sunset strip. A Josper grill ensures the fresh meat is flame grilled to give it that authentic charcoal grilled flavour. The burgers are the main beneficiary of the Josper Grill effect as is the steak and the ribs. The Chicken burger with avocado is possibly my favourite on the menu as are the Mexican chips served with cheese. If that was not good enough, Fresh combines great food with even a better Cocktail and Bar menu. Some skilfull mixologists ensure that the cocktails and spirits taste perfect just the way an Irish person would have their bar, pride of place looking out over one of the best sunsets in Europe.
Fresh may not have the star DJ names or celebrity status of its big brother Cafe Mambo, but what it does have is a personal touch of Irish hospitality, good food, extensive bar menu and a relaxed, romantic vibe with professional staff and service, attributes that are hard to find in Ibiza these days. So if you are searching for a more chilled and relaxed setting on the sunset strip, where the manager is always present to welcome you with a warm Irish smile, then consider dropping into Fresh next time you stroll down the Sunset Strip. Check out the Fresh Ibiza Facebook page and website for its cool Menu, online bookings and opening times.