Sunday Sunsets At Kasbah

Posted on July 6, 2015

Words: Abby Lowe
Images: La Skimal.

Ibiza is insufferably hot at the moment. I know the rest of Europe is having a heatwave too, but seriously, it’s getting out of control. I can’t blink without breaking out into a sweat and the minute I realise I’m not within at least 1m of a fan or an air conditioning unit I’m consumed with anxiety to the point of hysteria – at this rate I’m going to have to start carrying paper bags around with me in my pocket. Anyway, it was after the world’s hottest day yesterday, in which we experienced what it was like to be living in the fiery depths of hell, that I was feeling a little flustered, a touch tired, a tiny bit exasperated, if you will. And the only thing that made it better was going for a Sunday evening sunset dinner at Kasbah, where praise be, some degree of normality was restored. I was instilled with calm, plied with delicious food and for a moment I forgot all about the raging furnace surrounding us. Thank goodness for places like Kasbah in times of turmoil, otherwise we’d all go raving mad.

KASBAH by la skimal
KASBAH by la skimal

Set at the quieter end of sunset strip in San Antonio, near Cala des Moro, Kasbah boasts standout views of sunset in a relaxed, chilled-out setting. The décor is all loungers, chunky, wooden tables and colourful tableware, and laid-back tunes float through the air inviting you to pull up a pew, look out to sea and appreciate those moments that will go on to become synonymous with your holiday once you’re home. It’s a place that transports you to another world, one in which your troubles melt away to leave you in a state of complete and utter relaxation, and it’s run by Ash and Aimee, who are consummate pros when it comes to making you feel at home.

KASBAH by la skimal
KASBAH by la skimal

As such, there really is no better way to end the week than by indulging in a sunset dinner here. We’ve barely sat down before we’ve been brought a selection of bread and alioli and smoked salmon and cream cheese canapés (the chef smokes the salmon himself, no less), and we all tuck in while catching up on the weekend’s news. Ash has asked the chef to provide us with a selection of tapas from the menu, a selection that seemingly never ends. There’s patatas bravas, king prawns in garlic, mussels a la marinera, grilled baby squid, teriyaki steak rolls, octopus Galician style, meatball lollipops and caprese salad (there are five of us eating, we didn’t polish all this off between two). Every dish is delicious and full of flavour – no doubt contributed to by the ingredients grown in the restaurant’s own herb garden.

KASBAH by la skimal
KASBAH by la skimal
KASBAH by la skimal

We consume epic amounts of tapas so decide to sample only a couple of the mains, but they pack enough punch to do the talking. We try the sirloin steak with homemade chunky chips and the grilled salmon, which comes with a dreamy citrus and mango dressing – plates are cleared and we all agree the food is exceptional – under the influence of the new head chef it’s reached new levels this year. I’m adamant I don’t want dessert, but when the cheesecake, white chocolate mousse, gluten free chocolate cake and mint, mango and passion fruit cocktail arrive, I dive in practically head first. The chocolate cake is to die for, and I end up torn between admiring the hazy sunset and continuing to fill my boots.

KASBAH by la skimal
KASBAH by la skimal
KASBAH by la skimal

While we’ve been eating the promenade below has been bustling with people coming and going to watch the sun says its farewells, but in Kasbah you don’t notice because you’re in your own little bubble – one with fantastic views and really wonderful food. Now if they could just have a word with the big fella about this heat, we’d be set. In the meantime you’ll find me recovering there every night until winter – someone just give me a shout when this is all over.

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KASBAH by la skimal
KASBAH by la skimal
KASBAH by la skimal