Simply Delicious In Savannah

Posted on June 24, 2014

Words: Abigail Lowe
Images: La Skimal.

It’s a windy day in Ibiza when we drop in on Savannah for a spot of lunch. So windy in fact that there’s every possibility Mary Poppins might swoop in on our table at any given moment. Luckily for us we’re not swayed by the potential arrival of an unfeasibly honourable character from a Disney film, and so if anything, the expectation adds to the excitement of a lazy afternoon spent in the sun in one of Sunset Strip’s most famous hangouts. Today we’re not at Savannah to watch sunset, we’re here to soak up the daytime vibes. And with a lunch menu that satisfies everyone from exhausted clubbers to first-day-on-the-island enthusiasts, we’re in the right place. Savannah epitomises everything that’s great about Ibiza – you’ve got the sea lapping against the rocks on one side, funky house tunes on the other, and the sun beaming down from the sky above while you sip on a cocktail laden with ice. As far as Monday afternoons go, Carlsberg would be jealous.

Savannah Lunch By la Skimal Photography
Savannah Lunch By la Skimal Photography

With all this in mind we overlook the persistent gale force winds and turn our attention to the menu. Divided into sections depending on the time of day you arrive – there’s breakfast for the late-risers, and sandwiches, salads and Savannah classics for anyone on the lunch tip (i.e. those who got in at a respectable time last night). Since we’ve arrived midway between both (we weren’t out last night, honest), we opt for a combination. Eggs benedict royal from the breakfast menu, plus chicken wings, Philadelphia bagel, Savannah burger, crunchy chicken and goats cheese salad. This might sound like a lot for three people and it was; the portions here are generous. But I’ll be honest; we’ve never been ones to shy away from a challenge and since it was all so tasty, nothing went unfinished. The eggs were perfectly cooked with hollandaise sauce that would make Jamie Oliver weep; the chicken wings were sticky and sweet; the bagel was laden with cream cheese; the burger was fat and juicy; the chicken was tender but crispy, and the goats cheese salad came with caramelised onions – a match made in culinary heaven. To sum up more succinctly – the food hits the spot.

Savannah Lunch By la Skimal Photography
Savannah Lunch By la Skimal Photography

So that’s the food covered, now let’s move on to the drinks. In addition to a selection of beer, wine, cocktails and champagne, Savannah has a gin and tonic menu that’s made up of no less than 15 different combinations. Yes that’s right, 15. There’s gin with strawberries and grapes, gin with fresh rosemary, gin with blueberries and grapefruit, and so the list goes on. Essentially, Savannah is a gin-lover’s paradise. Try the gin with cardamom, ginger and lemon and you won’t be disappointed. And it’ll put hairs on your chest. We spent the majority of the afternoon and well in to early evening at Savannah – it’s easy to lose track of time when there’s good food, good drinks and scenery to die for – all you need to do is provide the company. Just don’t hold your breath for Mary Poppins; in spite of early promises she was a no show.

Savannah Lunch By la Skimal Photography
Savannah Lunch By la Skimal Photography
Savannah Lunch By la Skimal Photography