Our next and final night is all about Tatel. With hugely popular outposts in Madrid and Miami already (Enrique Iglesias, Nadal and Pau Gasol are co-owners), Ibiza is their latest venture. Tastefully decorated in an Art Deco style in a nod to the Roaring ‘20s, it’s all plush pastel pink sofas and emerald greens, getting our Instagram senses tingling. They take cocktail-making very seriously here, and we begin at the terrace bar, with glimpses of the Ibizan sunset to boot. I opt for the ‘Chino Loco’, a blend of Chamomile-infused gin, kumquat jam, celery amaretto and daisy soda. Not just your standard G&T, then. Some of the tastebud-tickling ingredients these guys play around with include amber incense, roasted cashew cream and Guinness wine. It’s a struggle not to order one of everything on the menu.
After gawking at the globe-roving food menu, we’re urged to try the jamon iberico - obviously a Spanish staple, the splayed ring of ham placed on our table is touted as the best in Iberia, and our mouths don’t say otherwise. There’s more tuna ‘ventresca’ (quickly becoming an Ibizan favourite) plus an avocado salad with carabineros - coveted deep-sea prawns that are bright scarlet in colour. The tortilla, or Spanish omelette, is the showstopper - normally it’s served as a firm wedge, but here you get it whole, with a potato foam, and truffled - bound to please Tatel’s international audience. The warm toffee pudding with fresh milk ice cream (‘pastel Tatel’), a nice nod to us Brits, is so mind-blowingly delicious it has to be in my top three desserts. As well as the food, Tatel is known for its party atmosphere, with international selectors and live musicians billed from 10pm to provide a warm-up for the night ahead.
It’d be hard to completely neglect Ibiza’s wild nightlife - and sure enough, we dip into superclub Pacha to see Maya Jane Coles and Sasha to round off the trip. Fortunately, Hard Rock’s basement holds Ibiza’s biggest spa, so a pre-flight massage sorts us out the next day. But clearly, the White Isle is no longer a place to go if you just want to rave for a week. Anyone with more than a passing interest in food will be in awe of the experimental culinary scene here, and its cultural and historical hotspots make Ibiza a destination that has something to offer all ages and walks of life.
Words by Felicity Martin