IZAKAYA Ibiza Opens With Two-Night Extravaganza

Posted on May 11, 2018

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

Images: Tamara Sini

Last summer, IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar became one of the island’s most popular new openings and won a legion of fans thanks to its stylish surroundings, impeccable service and simply divine culinary offering. So this week, the island was more than thrilled to welcome back the trendy restaurant and bar as it opened its doors for the 2018 season with two nights of festivities and, of, course, plenty of delicious food.

The celebrations began with an exclusive fine dining experience that saw the movers and shakers of Ibiza, as well as a selection of international jetsetters and tastemakers, sample the delights that will adorn IZAKAYA’s menu for this season. Located in the striking Sir Joan hotel, which graces the entrance to Ibiza Town’s ‘golden mile’ in Marina Botafoch, the sleek bar space and poolside dining area were bustling with stylish guests excited to savour the Japanese and South American fusion cuisine on offer.

izakaya opening by la skimal

izakaya opening by la skimal

izakaya opening by la skimal

izakaya opening by la skimal

The second night of IZAKAYA’s official opening had a less formal format, with guests invited to mingle, try a selection of irresistible canapés and dance in the glamorous setting of the hip venue. Part of the renowned Entourage Group, there was a queue sneaking out of the entrance as the fashionable crowd turned out in force for another evening of celebrations hosted by co-founder and owner Yossi Eliyahoo, with celebrity guests including former Made in Chelsea cast member Jess Woodley and British model Fae Williams flying in especially for the occasion.

izakaya opening by la skimal

izakaya opening by la skimal

izakaya opening by la skimal

izakaya opening by la skimal

White balloons with silver strings floated underneath the cool metallic ceiling, with fresh roses adorning tabletops as guests toasted the occasion with crisp bubbles and fine wines. Deep house beats on a psychedelic tip with some tribal elements floated through the air as the space began to fill up more and more. Mouth-watering canapés including fresh sushi, juicy meat skewers and aromatic gyozas floated past on trays that emptied at lightning speed.

izakaya opening by la skimal

izakaya opening by la skimal

izakaya opening by la skimal

Dancers in sparkling costumes adorned with feathers showed off their moves by the poolside as revellers soaked up the electric atmosphere. A rumour began to circulate that Lady Gaga was attending the opening, and when a blonde lookalike came strutting onto the vibrant terrace in an edgy red cocktail dress, a glittering diamond eye mask glistening on her face, it took us almost a minute to work out if it was the real artist or just a very, very good impersonator. Belting out classics such as Poker Face and Bad Romance, soon the whole venue was caught up in the infectious atmosphere, singing along and cheering ‘La Gaga’ on.

izakaya opening by la skimal

izakaya opening by la skimal

With the energy sky high, music selectors Guy Laurie and Asad Naqvi went b2b to make the transition from outdoor gathering to indoor fiesta, before Gianluca Vacchi took over for the ultimate part of the night. Flexing its culinary and entertainment muscles, IZAKAYA Ibiza’s successful opening celebrations proved once again why the outstanding dining concept is a perfect fit for Ibiza’s thriving culinary scene – and we can’t wait for our next visit.

Further Information & Reservations
t: +34 871 182 526
w: www.izakaya-restaurant.com/ibiza

izakaya opening by la skimal

izakaya opening by la skimal