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Most of the dishes in Ibiza revolve around seafood or fish, which is amazingly fresh and succulent. But meat lovers will find some dishes too, as will those who gravitate towards sweets and spirits. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the five best food experiences in Ibiza:
1. Bullit de peix. A typical dish from Ibiza, the bullit de peix is a seafood and potato stew that’s seasoned with saffron. It’s always served with a side of allioli, a garlic and olive oil mix, and followed by a bowl of rice. El Bigote and Restaurante Salvadó on Pou de’s Lleó are well known for their bullit de peix.
2. Paella. The island’s cooks celebrate their Spanish heritage and the local seafood bounty with paella. Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest visiting the restaurant on beach Cala D'Hort for authentic paella. Or for a twist on paella, take a 30-minute ferry ride to Formentera and head up to village of Es Caló. The restaurant at Hostal Rafelat serves a famed arroz caldoso.
3. Sofrit Pages. This Ibicencan dish is a plate of pork, lamb, chicken and freshly made sausages and potatoes in a sauce scented with cinnamon, saffron garlic and peppers. Try it at La Palmera or one of the other home-style restaurants in Ibiza.
4. San Pedro. This local fish goes by many names: San Pedro, John Dory or gallo San Pedro (St. Peter’s Rooster) in Spanish. No matter what you call it, it’s meltingly tender; Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend ordering San Pedro at Restaurant Es Torrent.
5. Ensaimadas. This ancient spiral shaped sweet bread dates back to the 1700s in the Balearic islands. The soft breads available at bakeries throughout Ibiza may be plain or stuffed with chocolate, almond purée or the pumpkin jam called angel’s hair. Usually served at breakfast, tear pieces off your ensaimada and dip it in hot chocolate or coffee.