Vénda de Balàfia de Dalt, 25, San Juan, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, 07812
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Mature travellers, Celebrity spotting, No fuss, People watching
Expert review of Balafia
I’d heard about Balafia for years and yet it was only recently that I ventured there (having been extremely loyal to one of its neighboring establishments) and of course, kicked myself for missing out all these years. As they say, once bitten, forever smitten… and it’s now high on my list of regular haunts, for dinner in the summer and lunch on sunny winter days.
Vegetarians beware: it’s a meat only haven (unless you’re happy with a side of French fries). Meat eaters - work up an appetite and prepare yourself for one of the best carnivorous feasts on the island.
One of the things I love about Balafia is there’s no menu – just a selection of the day’s finest cuts, ranging from steak, lamb chops, chicken and pork to rabbit all cooked over a grill burning with olive and almond wood for a distinct flavour. Go for the mixed grill if you’re in a group – it’s well worth it. The simple side salad every meal is served with is also something else – a plate piled high with the ripest of ripe tomatoes dripping in locally produced olive oil are the perfect accompaniment, complemented by ultra crispy hand-cut fries.
Chilled out by day and busy by night, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with club owners, DJs, celebrities, workers and farmers alike. There’s no social hierarchy or snobbery here, making it popular with people from all walks of life.
Simple. Fast. Smiley. I like it a lot.
You take a left turn off the infamous San Juan “Restaurant Road” to find this little hideaway about one minute around the corner. I like the hidden location, despite being right by the main road you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere.
A meal for two with wine is around the 60 euros mark – and well worth it.
You can’t book, but in the height of summer you’ll need to arrive early to score a table – consider yourself warned.
More information on Balafia:
- Price guide:
- Vénda de Balàfia de Dalt, 25, San Juan, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, 07812
- 971 325 019
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Open all year round. May-Oct 1pm-3.30pm and 8pm-midnight. Nov-Apr 1pm-3.30pm. Closed Sundays.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible