Sir Rocco Serves Up Hearty Italian Fare By The Sea

Posted on May 14, 2018

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

Delightfully ‘al dente’ pasta in aromatic sauces, creamy cheeses and tender meats full of flavour… There is a reason why Italian food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. And for those days when that craving for indulgent Mediterranean fare strikes, Sir Rocco in Playa d’en Bossa offers a stylish and relaxed setting with stunning views to satisfy your appetite. Lured by glorious sunshine and a spectacular focaccia bread so good we remembered it from last summer, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch right on the sands of Ibiza’s longest beach.

Part of the renowned Ushuaïa Ibiza portfolio, Sir Rocco’s bright, airy interiors and sun-soaked terrace facing the glittering waves make it the perfect place to come with family, friends or your other half – even your four-legged pals are welcome! Eager to work on our tan, we choose a table right on the cusp of the golden beach, unable to resist a quick dash down to the water to test the temperature – verdict: still too cold for a dip, unless you are very brave indeed.

Sir Rocco by la skimal

Sir Rocco by la skimal

Sir Rocco by la skimal

With our table split into ‘sinners’ and ‘saints’, we began our meal with a selection of healthy juices and cocktails. The Detox, made with pineapple, cucumber, agave syrup and lots of ginger, was deliciously sweet with a sharp kick, while the Tropical, mixed from pineapple, papaya and passion fruit, tasted almost too good to be virtuous. Those who had gone for the naughtier options tried the trendy Violet cocktail, a citrusy and floral concoction made with white rum, yasmin syrup and lime juice – a new favourite for the summer! Last, but not least, the colourful Sir Rocco punch burst with fruit flavours, its innocent flavour betraying its strength.

Sir Rocco by la skimal

Sir Rocco by la skimal

While we waited for our starters to arrive, we kept our hunger pangs at bay with a basket of soft, squidgy bread filled with nuts and fruit and, a classic Italian dish served traditionally on holidays such as Christmas, a cold lentil salad  – a nice touch and something a little different to the usual pan and aioli. Tasty drinks in hand and with trendy electro pop drifting into our ears, we very much got into that holiday mode.

Sirocco by la skimal

Sir Rocco by la skimal

Sir Rocco by la skimal

Our eyes nearly popped out of our heads when the starters arrived, not only because they all looked delicious, but also due to the very generous portion sizes. A huge ball of burrata cheese sat on giant slices of juicy tomato sprinkled with basil, revealing a lusciously creamy centre. The traditional vitello tonnato – thinly sliced veal covered in a mayonnaise-like sauce flavoured with capers and tuna – had us diving in way too many times, fully knowing we were risking spoiling our appetite for the mains.

Sir Rocco by la skimal

Sir Rocco by la skimal

A new addition for this summer, pumpkin flowers filled with creamy ricotta cheese were presented in a totally Instagram-worthy manner and tasted just as good as they looked.  However, the star of the show was Sir Rocco’s famous focaccia bread, a huge wheel of crispy bread slices filled with molten mozzarella, Serrano ham and slices of truffle. Luxurious, indulgent and tasty, it’s completely worth chucking the holiday diet out of the window for and make your most indulgent, carby dreams a reality.

Sir Rocco by la skimal

Sir Rocco by la skimal

Onto the main courses, and even if we were already feeling a little bit full, we couldn’t physically resist the mouth-watering display on the table. Pasta lovers will be in seventh heaven trying the Fagottini di Funghi, huge handcrafted pasta parcels with the perfect amount of ‘bite’ and filled with mushrooms, ricotta cheese and a parmesan and cream sauce. Another heavenly pasta creation, black taglioni noodles were bursting with the addition of squid, calamari and tomatoes, and dusted with dried fish roe, the perfect smorgasboard of Mediterranean flavours.

Sir Rocco by la skimal

Sir Rocco by la skimal

The carnivores on our table were swooning over the tender and aromatic lamb chops, served with a coating of bread crumbles and herbs, and presented with silky mashed potatoes, Padron peppers and artichoke. Last, but not least, we also tucked into a delicate fish fillet, moist on the inside and with a golden brown glaze. A lighter option for hot summer days, it was served with a variety of colourful vegetables.

Sir Rocco by la skimal

Sir Rocco by la skimal

It might be hard to believe that we still had room for desserts, but by now we are pros at putting away several courses. That, and of course we couldn’t resist the offer of a homemade tiramisu. Fluffy and delightfully chocolaty, Sir Rocco’ version of the classic dessert is unmissable for those with a sweet tooth. If you prefer something a little lighter, we cannot recommend the strawberry and mango casata enough, a fruity dream of mousse and ice cream with tropical flavours and garnished with berries. And if you really feel you cannot squeeze in any more food, the Cheesecake cocktail – made with limoncello and mascarpone – is a liquid postre that is as tasty as it is unique, a final toast to a wonderfully indulgent lunch on the beach.

Further Information & Reservations
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Sir Rocco by la skimal

Sir Rocco by la skimal

Sir Rocco by la skimal

Sir Rocco by la skimal