Mexican Cuisine And Spicy Beats At Pikes

Posted on June 16, 2018

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

Shrouded in legends about its glamorous A-List clientele and their rock ‘n’ roll shenanigans, with secluded sprawling grounds and quirky design features that catch the eye at every turn, Pikes Ibiza has been capturing the hearts of hotel guests and those who drop in to dine and dance for decades. The heady mix of its atmospheric surroundings, delicious food and drink, expertly spun beats and that ‘je ne sais quoi’ sprinkle of mischief and magic in the air is not really a recipe that needs improvement, yet somehow, every year, the iconic boutique hotel just gets… better!

For the 2018 season, the team behind the legendary venue has truly reached another level where the hotel’s culinary, cultural and musical offering is concerned. From spiritual festivals to literary events, art exhibitions and special tasting menus, carefully curated new mini residencies and one-off shows, the Pikes universe is more facetted and immersive than ever before. We went along to check out their tasty Mexican Mondays menu followed by a boogie to the sassy sound of Honey Dijon.

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

For island residents, Pikes is a place where you will almost certainly bump into some familiar faces, with many of Ibiza’s creatives, fashionistas and the movers and shakers of the music industry frequenting it. Bumping into some friends by pop culture’s most famous swimming pool, we enjoyed a cheeky aperitif in the balmy evening air while soaking up the sultry disco house sounds mixed by Camilo in the poolside booth. However, with hunger pangs calling, it wasn’t long before we could resist the lure of the Mexican Monday tasting menu – available every week in onsite restaurant Room 39.

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Spread out across two levels and overlooking the hotel’s grounds, with the lights of San Antonio glittering in the distance, this summer the bar and dining space has been given a stylish makeover and an imaginative new cocktail menu to create a fantastical mixology-meets-art concept known as the Room 39 Curiosity Shop. Inspired by the retro glamour of a gentleman’s club, petrol blue walls, modernist leather chairs and marble tables and copper details fuse effortlessly with the rustic features of the ancient finca. The many distinctive knick-knacks that adorn Pikes’ many nooks and crannies have been given a starring role, with each curious collector’s item up for sale, giving visitors the chance to take home a unique memento from their visit. Instead of being listed in a traditional inventory, each piece is incarnated as a cocktail on the menu created by in-house mixology maestro Tanja Mašić, but once sold, will be removed from the selection. With tempting names such Spear of Destiny, Old Man’s Poison and Crystal Dildo, our imagination was certainly sparked!

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Alas, we were here to try the Mexican Menu, which, for 50 Euros per head, offers a welcome cocktail and three courses – with several choices for each round – accompanied by a generous selection of side dishes. Befitting of the night, we toasted the feast ahead with a frozen mango margarita, a tropical flavour explosion with a little chilli kick. Our starters followed soon after, a spicy corn and green chilli soup and a refreshing watermelon and feta cheese salad topped with fragrant mint and crunchy seeds. After such a delicious start, we couldn’t wait for our mains to arrive, already mentally high-fiving head chef Lee Milne for creating a menu that showcases not only the obvious Mexican favourites, but also some less known, authentic recipes.

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

For the next course, guests can choose between burgers – there is a veggie option – or a variety of mouth-watering tacos. With the latter including treats such as Baja fish with pico gallo and white sauce, payes chicken with salsa mole, spring onion and almonds or spicy cauliflower with lentils, chilli sour cream and fresh coriander, it seemed impossible to choose just one. Thankfully, our trio firmly believed in a sharing is caring philosophy, and so we tackled the Surf & Turf – juicy steak topped with huge, silky prawns on a bed green chilli slaw, fresh mango chunks and pickled shallots – and the delicious pulled pork served with pickled grapes, fennel, chilli sauce and charred lime. These are not just any tacos; these are quality ingredient, bursting with flavour, utterly addictive cuisine tacos.

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Unable to say no to a burger, ‘El Mexicano’ completed our selection, a huge stack holding a juicy patty topped with guacamole, tortilla chips, molten cheese, fresh tomato and homemade ‘salsa de chilli’ between delightfully squidgy buns. So good it’s almost insulting to describe them as ‘sides’, we fork-fought over a bowl of patatas guacas – shaved skinny fries drenched in guacamole, salsa and a cheesy sauce, the ultimate indulgence on a plate. A quinoa salad with sprouts, soya beans, pea shoots and fresh mint, as well as a crunchy green concoction brimming with mixed leaves, avocado and toasted pine nuts, balanced out the naughtier treats on the table – or so we like to think.

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

We eventually finished dinner with a luscious chocolate and chilli tart – beware, it has quite the kick – and a mezcal infused flan, Pikes’ Mexican twist on the classic Ibicencan cheese cake, an aromatic and rich tart made with goats cheese and mint. A few chupitos of Hierbas and a short stroll through the gardens later, and we were ready to hit the dancefloor in the infamous Freddie’s. Host of the night was Honey Dijon, supported by her collaborator Luke Solomon on the Deputy of Love Disco Tour, which stops by Pikes for ‘four sweaty nights of disco, sex and more’.

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

With just a few exclusive dates sprinkled throughout the summer season – the next will take place on Monday, June 18th – the American DJ and producer says the mission of the party is “to bring colour, vibrancy, theatricality, queerness, inclusion, and a sexually charged energy back to club culture. To harken back to the days of NYC between 1978-1983, not in a nostalgic way, but as an inspiration of when art, music, video, and performance all coexisted to create a creative community. To have a safe space for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression, age, or race to come together to celebrate music, each other, and themselves.”

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

As we entered Pikes’ legendary boutique club through long strands of silver tinsel, the room was bathed in rainbow-coloured lasers and vibrant psychedelic wall projections. Luke Solomon had the crowd bouncing along to chunky house beats with melodic vocals, but on a slightly dirty tip, filling the space in no time. Uplifting and energetic, his set had revellers raring for more when Honey Dijon took over deck duties. Taking no prisoners, she went straight in with a fierce basslines punctuated by sassy, powerful vocals, sending a hailstorm of empowering beats down onto the partygoers, who were losing themselves in the music. Proving once more that there is simply no other place like Pikes, we concluded that Mondays might just become our favourite day of the week.

Further Information & Reservations
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Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal

Mexican Monday & Honey Dijon by la skimal