A Sneak Preview Of The Magical La Mezcaleria Mexiterranea

Posted on May 22, 2018

Words: Helen Davies

Images: La Skimal

I had heard so much about the new location and much-anticipated opening of ‘La Mezcaleria Mexiterranea, when the invite landed in my inbox I was more than excited to accept. This very exclusive and intimate opening for friends and family was organised to be a special preview ahead of the grand opening on 1st June. La Mezcaleria Mexiterranea started off in a cozy establishment along the cobbled streets of Dalt Vila in Ibiza Town, and after the success of this new concept, which partners Javier and Hector ( the first importers of real Mexican mezcal into Europe) lovingly created, they have now expanded and moved to a magical location close to the village of San Carlos. This invite was about as exclusive as it gets and once I arrived at this gorgeous open-air haven I could fully appreciate how honoured I was to be there.

La Mezcaleria Mexiterranea has taken over the spacious site that was previously occupied by the restaurant Sansara and the transformation to the venue has been dramatic. I arrived in the early evening to the distant sounds of reggae beats and the wooden scent of the smouldering BBQ. Walking through the main wooden doors, I was transported into a magical kingdom, the site that unfolded beyond me could only be described as breathtaking. A huge magical garden with mature hanging trees, there were so many nooks I didn’t know where to start.

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

The white pebble stones covering the ground were glistening in the sunlight, with many inviting seating spaces decorated with cushions hand-painted by Spanish artist Maria Leon, who was also on site to add the finishing touches to a heart-shaped wall mural. The delightful addition of a large children’s play area – aptly named Mez-School-Area – will invite little ones to take part in workshops, arts, crafts and storytelling, or play in the children’s theatre within a beautifully decorated yurt. Lovingly designed, this area is very, very cute and sure to keep the younger guests happily entertained, allowing the parents a well-deserved break. The dining area is simply stunning, made up of medium and lower level tables with comfortable padded wicker chairs, carefully styled with glowing pillar candles and glass jam jars filled with white stones and wildflowers. The cumbersome surrounding trees are entwined with sparkling fairy lights of all different colours. Inside the finca style main building, there lies another dining space for cooler evenings. The bar is simply stunning, hip in style and holding 48 varieties of artisanal mezcal varieties proudly displayed in subtly illuminated cage style cabinets.

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

After taking in all the beautiful surroundings, we headed to the bar to sample some delicious cocktails. We tried three different mezcal combinations, one mixed with beetroot and strawberry – an unusual sounding combination but it definitely works – as well as the orange and fresh mint mescal, which was refreshingly delicious, and a potent mezcal Bloody Mary. My favourite, however, had to be the ‘Mezcal Tepache’ made with fermented pineapple juice by Fermentistas, which had a very smoky, earthy taste and was absolutely delicious. By now I had managed to catch up with Mezcaleria co-founder Javier, who took the time to tell us about the concept behind this new, grand-scale project. He explained that rather than a traditional restaurant and bar, he and business partner Hector see La Mezcaleria Mexiterranea as a place where they can communicate the cultural experience of mezcal and its history through a gastronomic experience. Armed with newfound knowledge, we were also schooled on the proper way to consume this magical liquid, just as I was about to knock back the chupito in one gulp, it was explained to me that instead I should sip it slowly so I can benefit from the fragrance, minerals and the heady, earthy aromas of Mexico contained in the spirit. Sip it, don’t shot it!

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

Outside, the venue was filling up to capacity with the island’s locals, families and fellow gastronomy professionals turning out in force. Many of the stylish guests were dressed in vibrant colours and elaborately embroidered finery, creating a tribal hippy chic vibe. Cocktails in hand, we were drawn towards the open stage for a blessing ceremony from a group of shamans, a beautiful experience to be part of. The ritual involved chanting from the three wise spiritual guides, who used handmade musical instruments to cleanse the space and bless its guests. With the opening ceremony drawing to a close, Javier and Hector welcomed their appreciative audience by announcing, “This is your home and you are all very welcome here.”

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

By now we were not only feeling the love, but also slightly peckish and excited to try the food. The menu is described as Mexiteranean, a healthy fusion of local fresh produce and traditional Mexican cuisine seasoned with aromatic spices and chillis. We feasted on a colourful platter of raw vegetables, dressed the Mexican way with lemon juice, salt and chilli, as well as homemade tortilla chips accompanied by huge bowls of guacamole. There were two varieties, a chunky classic guac recipe an eye-catching purple guacamole made with beetroot and strawberries – an edible version of the cocktail we had tried earlier. Next, we were invited to try hearty rice and finely chopped vegetables cooked in tasty chicken stock, and topped with a fermented cabbage, a unique and insanely tasty combination.

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

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When the doors open for the official launch on the 1st of June, there will be two different styles of cuisines available prepared in two different kitchens. The first will offer the gastronomic mezcal experience, serving only fresh raw products prepared with fermentation and Nikkei techniques such as ceviche, oysters, fresh vegetable platters and raw dips. Meanwhile, the traditional Taceria station in the garden will serve a Mexican-style menu of tacos and quesadillas, accessible in price and containing many kid-friendly versions of the popular dish. There will also be a tasting menu that pairs six different types of mezcal with six different complementing plates, a great culinary and social sharing experience.

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

The night continued in true Ibiza style, by now the bottles of Mezcal on each table were running low, guests and children were dancing to the sounds of the live band, the atmosphere was vibrant and everyone was visibly having the most amazing time. By the time I left, I was already making plans to return again for the Grand Opening on the 1st of June… Well, how could I resist!

Further Information & Reservations
t: +34 654 584 978
fb: www.facebook.com/Mexiterranea

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal

la mezcaleria opening by la skimal