Traditional Spanish Fare At Ama Lur

Posted on June 21, 2017

Images: La Skimal

It started in 1981, when a young man from a little village in the North of Spain visited the White Isle for the third time in his life, and fell in love with it so hard that he decided he wasn’t leaving. From there, Ama Lur – translating as motherland – was born, and has been producing delicious, traditional, high-end Spanish food ever since. The little hidden gem is far from a tourist trap, loved mainly by locals (one regular customer has been visiting ever since it was first opened) and those in the know; we headed down for a taste of the ‘real’ Ibiza.

You’d be forgiven for not really noticing Ama Lur as you drive past – the exterior is modest and traditional, with the name spelled in ceramics at the door. Stepping over the threshold is transportive, and you’d never in a million years know that the two were the same place. The design is eclectic but classy and worldly; French inspired chandeliers hang above a granite church font, Roman looking art work perches atop an oriental style dresser and, from the vantage point of the old-English inspired lobby furniture, you’re looking directly at Renaissance-esque art work that wouldn’t be out of place in the Louvre. There’s certainly a lot to look at, but almost before we can take it all in, the attentive hosts were whisking us to a linen-clad table near the large, bright windows. The atmosphere in Ama Lur is calm and quiet – almost soothing; tinkly jazz music plays quietly in the background, and the earthy tones, stone floors and botanical decorations are cooling, serving as a little enclave from the fierce heat of the passing day.

amalur by la skimal

amalur by la skimal

Consistently throughout the evening, the service is brilliant. It’s relatively informal but effortlessly sophisticated – knowingly high quality without any of the pomp. As we sat down with crisp glasses of dry rosé watched the sun beginning to set, we browsed the extensive menu and chose a selection, although we could have tried everything – it all sounded amazing. Traditional Spanish cuisine is, unsurprisingly, the fare at Ama Lur, and the menu is heavy with rich meat and seafood dishes. Once we’d chosen, we were brought an aperitif of spicy, refreshing tomato and red pepper gazpacho and ham croquettes served delicately spaced on a simple platter. The presentation is understated but effective with simple white china, hefty linens and sparkling silverware.

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Starters arrived promptly, and the first thing that we tried was a sautéed mushroom medley topped with a cheese foam and finished with truffle oil. The mushrooms were garlicky and beautifully seasoned, but it was the cheese that was really noteworthy – hailing from the Pais Vasco region in the North of Spain, the genial restaurant owner told us that he used it because it’s from his home town. Attention to detail at Ama Lur is incredible – everything has its own little story, and is authentically and unabashedly Spanish. We also tried a sticky, rich foie gras terrine served with sweet brioche toast and citrus salsa, which was incredibly indulgent and rich. The beef carpaccio was sliced so thinly that it was translucent, and was tender and melty, topped with a generous portion of crumbled pistachios and surrounding a parmesan ‘cloud’ – an impossibly rich foam that really finished the dish. Of course, this is island dining, and any round of starters wouldn’t have been complete without a fish dish. Marinated smoked salmon arranged into a hearty rose was served on top of a crispy potato rosti, and alongside a strawberry and mixed leaf salad with a raspberry vinaigrette. The flavours in the dish were complex and multidimensional, but all complemented each other perfectly, and the salmon was thick, salty and tasted fresh out of the ocean.

amalur by la skimal

amalur by la skimal

Once we’d polished all that off, the mains were brought out, and were similarly impressive looking. First off, we were served a whole turbot with a light, pleasant accompaniment of sautéed vegetables. It was dense and smokey and, unlike a lot of fish on the island, it had an intensely strong taste, perfect for seafood lovers. The turbot was flecked with caramelised garlic flakes, toffee brown in colour and adding to the incredible aroma and taste of the dish. We also had two meat dishes to try – cochinillo (that’s suckling pig to you and I) served with chunky sweet potato mash and a pour over BBQ sauce, and lamb medallions with cous cous and nuts. I’d recommend the cochinillo for dinner guests with the heartiest of appetites – the crispy, salty skin with the tender meat underneath and the substantial side was absolutely divine, but definitely not for the faint hearted. The lamb was a little more delicate but no less impressive – the meat was thick, pink and tender with an shiny, dark glaze and swimming in a sweet, almost toffee flavoured sauce. The cous cous was packed tight with crunchy nuts and tender sultanas and raisins – the whole dish was almost sweet, whilst simultaneously being very much savoury. We don’t quite know how that works, either, but trust us when we say you need to try it.

amalur by la skimal

amalur by la skimal

A meal so rich and indulgent deserves a pudding of similar ilk, and that’s certainly what you get at Ama Lur. Again, we sampled three dishes – brioche French toast with almond ice cream, apple tart with vanilla ice cream and orange soufflé. The brioche – locally referred to as torrija – was the table’s favourite: soft and sweet with a glassy caramelised top, it is comfort food at its finest. The almond ice cream that went with it was also amazing, and the whole combination of flavours was unbelievably decadent. The apple tart was sweet, again glazed on the top and served on thin, crisp, flakey pastry and the orange soufflé was fluffy and airy with a strong citrus flavour – perfect for anyone with a (very) sweet tooth that doesn’t fancy chocolate.

amalur by la skimal

amalur by la skimal

As we finished the night with a classic Ibizan treat of local spirit Hierbas Ibicencas – homemade, of course – we all felt like we had completely indulged. The attentive staff will treat you like royalty, the incredible food is headily decadent and the attention to detail is off the charts. Whether you’re a holidaymaker or an island-dweller, Ama Lur offers a taste of authentic Spanish cuisine in an unintimidating but undoubtedly luxurious setting. One thing is for sure, we’ll certainly be back time and time again until we’ve tried everything on the menu!

Reservations & Information:
w: www.restauranteamalur.com

amalur by la skimal

amalur by la skimal