Food and drink
In the main restaurant, the menu swerves through Thailand, France and Morocco while the sushi lounge does what it says on the tin!
For me, I can’t go past the beef Crying Tiger – a piece of beef so succulent and amazingly spiced with lime, chilli and coriander you won’t want to share it. The shoulder of lamb is also another example of perfection and as for the sushi! You just can’t go wrong no matter what you order. I’ve had the luxury of doing a personal tasting with the chef and every single piece that passed my lips was divine, but my favourite is called ‘La Bomba’, a sushi roll with spicy tuna and cream cheese, coated in coconut then quickly deep fried. Again, so good I don’t like to share it.
It’s a very high-end crowd at El Ayoun and I often feel as though I’ve stumbled into a private party full of the rich and famous, so often are the Champagne glasses tinkling and the girls tossing their freshly blow-dried hair.
Very high standards, though on very busy evenings (particularly special events like the annual El Ayoun birthday party and the infamous season opening and closing parties) it can be a little slow in the main restaurant. In the sushi lounge however, there’s a military like precision.
Just as you drive into the village of San Rafael, right in the heart of the island you’ll spot El Ayoun on the main road thanks to the giant gold camels, red carpet and tropical garden splashed onto the sidewalk. It’s very close to both Amnesia and Privilege.
El Ayoun is worth the splurge. A dinner for two in the main restaurant will set you back around 100 euros, however surprisingly in the sushi lounge it’s often less. I’ve paid 50 euros with wine for two people which in Ibiza is great (sushi is super-high priced here).
Tables to book
Be sure to specifically request the sushi lounge if you want sushi – the two restaurants are separate entities. There are also VIP tents in the garden for special occasions.
- Culture vultures
- Special occasions