La Mezcalería Mexiterránea – Mixing Mezcal, Mexican Food And Music

Posted on August 3, 2018

Words: Lara Young

Images: Tamara Sini

Ibiza’s new home of Mezcal has opened its doors in the beautiful campo just off the Santa Eularia – San Carlos road. Walking through the antique archway you enter the boho-chic alfresco terrace transporting you to Oaxaca, home of Mezcal. Candle-lit wooden tables are set amongst giant cacti and the quirky cocktail bar summons you to witness where the mezcal magic is performed. From their original intimate eatery within the stone walls of Dalt Vila, Javier and Hector (the first importers of real Mezcal into Europe) have introduced their winning dining concept to a wider audience within the exquisite, natural setting of San Carlos.

This unique venue opened in June this year and is already the talk of the island. Focusing on mezcal, ‘Mexiterránea’ (a fusion of Mexican and Mediterranean food) and live music (now a rarity on the island) this cool outdoor venue is buzzing every night with diners and music enthusiasts alike. Its relaxed hippie-chic vibe is popular with residents, visitors and is also a family friendly spot welcoming children of all ages.

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Move over tequila, mezcal is one of the fast growing trends in the spirits culture. Impressed with their encyclopedic knowledge of this artisan distillate, we learnt that mezcal is traditionally hand crafted in small batches by roasting the heart (“piña”) of the agave plant. This is ground, mixed with water and fermented in open vats, so airborne yeast can lend each batch a unique character. In Mexico, this strong, pure spirit is drunk straight, often accompanied with sliced oranges, lemon or lime sprinkled with a mixture of ground fried larvae, ground chilli peppers, and salt called sal de gusano, which literally translates as “worm salt”. This option is available for the purists but for many, mezcal is still relatively unknown and therefore the mezcal newbies can start by sampling one of the incredible bespoke mezcal cocktails. Its deep smoky flavour also makes it perfect for mixing with fruits and spices to create exciting twists on the more traditional mojito and margarita.

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Having enjoyed our spiritual mezcal journey, it was time to sample the food. The menu again reflects a pure artisan approach. Emphasis on fresh local ingredients: creamy and citrus ceviche, homemade tacos. quesadillas and volcanoes (crunchy corn tortillas with cheese – gluten free). The very reasonably priced small dishes make this a perfect shared dining experience where multiple dishes can be enjoyed. We began our feast with homemade zesty guacamole, crunchy corn chips and fresh crudités. For fish-lovers we recommend the Shrimp Aguachile (shrimp cooked in lemon, spicy peppers and coconut milk). Our selection of tacos included marinated pork, tender beef, delicious chicken and vegetarian options.

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As much as we love the sounds of the many clubs on this musical isle, it is refreshing to take a break from the laser lights to chill out in the countryside soaking up some live music under the stars. We were lucky enough to revel in the reggae sounds of ‘New Kingston’ from Brooklyn NYC. A family band playing progressive reggae that combines their Jamaican heritage with the sounds of their New York home, they soon had an avid crowd of dancing followers embracing their reggae sounds. This is just one of the world touring artists that appear at the venue most nights. Reggae is the perfect genre for this venue and its laid-back ambience. Everyone gathered together to enjoy a lengthy set from these talented guys who clearly appreciated their Ibiza welcome. Other genres of music can also be enjoyed here from other talented live bands and DJs. The format of the venue with its open space, stage and relaxed dining area lends itself to an inclusive and relaxed vibe where everyone feels welcome. Check out the Facebook page and Instagram for details on the nightly music events, that include the weekly Sunday Jam by Ibiza Reggae Yard.

Info & Reservations:
t: 971 80 72 31

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