I Dream Of Somiart

Posted on July 18, 2015

Words: Iain Thomson
Images: La Skimal

Any clubbers that have been in Ibiza over the last decade will have witnessed the gravity defying acrobatics of Foc I Fum, a famous acrobatic collective that performs at many of the best parties on the island as well as all over the world. One of the members of the troupe, Javier, is the proud owner of Santa Eulalia eatery Somiart, Ibicencan for ‘Dream Of Art’, where he has combined fine dining with performance art and cool music to create a truly unique experience. Located on the promenade of the popular tourist resort, Somiart enjoys a breathtaking view across the bay. The open air restaurant has a number of tables, enclosed by drapes and poles, almost Bedouin tent like, offering you a private space in which to enjoy your evening. The side of the building has a pulley system that catches the eye when you first enter, and if you have never been before offers an intriguing conundrum before dinner. For those that have been before, the knowledge that during the night, there will be some unbelievable performances makes for an exciting expectation level.

Somiart by la skimal
Somiart by la skimal
Somiart by la skimal photography

We first dropped in to see Javier three years ago, when we couldn’t believe our eyes. One minute he was talking us through the menu choices and the next he was suspended by silk sheets 30 feet above our heads doing the splits! A night in Somiart is much more than just a dinner, it’s an amazing night of entertainment, with multiple factors adding up to make a lasting memory. When he suggested we visit him again this week, we jumped at the chance. Santa Eulalia is a beautiful resort, the view along the promenade is spectacular and the casual walk in the early evening heat is every bit a part of the overall vibe. We arrive at Somiart relaxed and in good spirits, with a couple of newbies who have no idea what is about to happen. Javier is the perfect host, making us feel at home and suggesting some refreshing cocktails for us to sample while we think about our food choices –the amaretto sour, Mojiterraneo and the Fruit Passion battle for the favourite award. Javier is acutely aware of his own menu and is more than happy when we ask him to order our starters.

Somiart by la skimal
Somiart by la skimal

Somiart is already busy, most of the tented tables are taken and there are comfortable couches where people can drop in and relax with a cocktail and enjoy the show without having dinner. Our starters arrive for sharing – Ebi prawn tempura, salmon tartar and red tuna in sesame seeds and wakami, which he gets fresh from his cousin in Ibiza, Somiart is very much a family affair – and they taste as good as they look. The red tuna is not on the menu, it’s a special that is available when the fish has just been delivered, and it tastes so good, I’d wager it doesn’t hang around to along either! The prawn tempura melts in the mouth but not before it has been dipped in the delicious sauce, it’s the perfect start to the night. At this point Javier disappears to get into costume, but not before advising us on the main courses to order – chicken wok, t-bone steak for two, which comes pre-sliced with your own grill to cook with and the grilled salmon with mango, red onion and pumpkin seed salad.

Somiart by la skimal
Somiart by la skimal

The normal music, which up to now had consisted of some very cool lounge and chill out, gradually fades out. The house lights are dimmed and the soft, coloured lighting on the walls of the venue becomes more prominent as the show begins. The look on the faces of our guests, none of whom had any idea what was about to happen, was priceless. Javier, now in full costume, runs through the first of two nightly routines. With grace and power in equal measure he performs a series of amazing twists and turns, balancing expertly between the flowing silk ropes, one minute he is almost as high as the top of the building, the next inches from the ground. Everyone is mesmerised, eating has stopped, the promenade outside is at a stand still too as the world famous performance that has seen Foc I Fum appear in festivals and huge club events, takes centre stage. At the end of the first show, the crowd bursts into applause, and with precision timing, our main courses arrive, someone might even suggest that they were timed as part of the act!

Somiart by la skimal
Somiart by la skimal

The t-bone for a minimum of two people is by far the star of the show, sliced on the plate, it comes with its own mini BBQ, with hot coals, where we can cook the meat to our desired colour. There’s nothing better than getting to play a role in your own dinner when out at a restaurant and there are a few envious glances from our neighbouring tables. The salmon is grilled to perfection, breaking effortlessly and bursting with flavor, the mango salad is a particularly inspired companion. The chicken wok is another masterpiece, the flavor is full and reminds me of my time in Asia earlier this year. The vegetables are crunchy and everything works in tandem to provide the perfect dish. The table goes quiet, save for the crackling of the raw meat as it cooks on out personal grill. Somiart has always been a great fun night out, where everything combines to perfection, but without a shadow of a doubt, the dining part of the night has gone up a level or two. The food was always good but it definitely feels like it has surpassed previous visits.

Somiart by la skimal
Somiart by la skimal
Somiart by la skimal

As we argue about who made the best choice of main courses Javier is back in action, this time with a giant hoop, spinning fast and high above the terrace. He still performs now and again in Ibiza but in the winter he is on tour all over the world where his acrobatic exploits are famous. We can’t leave without trying a dessert or three, and we opt for a sharing plan with chocolate coolant with mango sauce, Somiart lemon meringue pie and natural yoghurt with lemon and lime gelatin. I’m not a chocolate cake fan but the others demolished it so it’s safe to assume it was delicious, what I can tell you is that the yoghurt was amazing, the sweetness of the gelatin and the fresh strawberries also playing a major role and the lemon meringue pie was to die for! Darkness has fallen and the promenade is full of people out for a stroll, soaking up the early evening the atmosphere As we say farewell to our friend and head back to the car we have two things on our mind; one, that Santa Eulalia is a place we need to be visiting more often and two, that we have just experienced one of our favourite restaurant nights out of the last couple of years!

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Somiart by la skimal
Somiart by la skimal
Somiart by la skimal
Somiart by la skimal
Somiart by la skimal
Somiart by la skimal