La Belle Ibiza Brings The Curtain Down On 2016

Posted on October 30, 2016

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

Throughout the summer, charming French eatery La Belle Ibiza in San Rafael has transported us to imaginative worlds of romance, glamour and flamboyance with their creative dining and party concepts. From the nostalgic charm of Circus to the tantalizing thrills of Cabaret and the eccentricity of Freaky People, guests have been treated to some spectacular moments and for its seasonal closing, the restaurant combined them all for one last celebration with plenty of French flair.

Decorated with flowing red and white curtains, dramatic scarlet feathers and circus-themed cardboard cutouts like elephants, we felt as if we had stepped straight into the big top tent upon arriving. The beautiful garden area had been decorated with flower garlands and fairy lights, inviting diners to chat and mingle over a glass of bubbly or delicious cocktail. Warmly greeted by La Belle owners Arnaud and Sabine, we were showed straight to the dress up area, where costumes and fancy dress accessories awaited to transform us into hula girls, pilots, clowns – even Father Christmas – or any combination thereof. The restaurant area was already bustling with groups of friends and families, who had gladly obliged the flamboyant dress code.

La belle ibiza closing by la skimal
La belle ibiza closing by la skimal
La belle ibiza closing by la skimal

For the restaurant’s seasonal closing a set menu of three courses, that reflected the variety of La Belle’s delicious food offering, had been put together. Sitting down in the modern bohemian chic dining room, our table was decorated with a glowing paper lantern and a bowl of popcorn to nibble on, setting the scene for the night ahead. A sharing platter of starters, which included creamy pate, crunchy falafel, gooey cheese croquettes, a decadent ham and cheese quiche, spicy lamb spring rolls and a herb-flavoured meatball on a stick to dip into hot peanut satay sauce, had us swooning over the rich flavours and pleasing textures.

La belle ibiza closing by la skimal
La belle ibiza closing by la skimal
La belle ibiza closing by la skimal

Befitting the circus theme, two fire-breathing performers had stepped out into the arena – or the dining area – to show off their dangerous talent in a mesmerizing show. Our eyes nearly came out of our heads as the swallowed flames and ran the burning sticks over their bare skin. Meanwhile, our main courses had arrived, a veal medaillon with green pepper sauce and potato gratin for the meat lover at the table, and a quinoa risotto with mushrooms for our vegetarian friends. Both dishes tasted simply divine, and we could only be distracted from our plates by a stilt walker strutting past our table. Further performers took to the floor and delighted their audience with incredible gymnastic contortions and a ‘floating ball’ juggling act. Just in time for our indulgent desserts – a dark chocolate and caramel finger and heaps of luscious ice cream – the entertainment also took a naughty turn as two lingerie-clad cabaret performers showed off their flirty moves while prancing around the tables, tickling guests with feathers and teasing with flashes of skin.

La belle ibiza closing by la skimal
La belle ibiza closing by la skimal
La belle ibiza closing by la skimal

Bellies full and our imagination tickled, it was time to hit the floor and burn off some calories. With Angel Cielo on the decks in the adjacent club space, many diners had already made their way over into the bar area of the venue, ready to let lose to the deep and driving beats. More and more people started to trickle in and the moody, Moroccan-inspired space filled quickly with an eclectic and stylish crowd. Angel went straight in with a fast pace and phat bassline, creating an edgy soundscape that was almost at odds with the pretty surroundings. His energetic set had the floor buzzing at lightning speed, with dancers dressed as super heroes and happy revellers throwing shapes next to each other. Combing all the elements that make La Belle so great, the 2016 closing was a stylish soiree that no one will forget in a hurry.

La belle ibiza closing by la skimal
La belle ibiza closing by la skimal
La belle ibiza closing by la skimal