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Lado Ibiza: specialising in Spanish food

Lado Ibiza: specialising in Spanish food

Lado Ibiza © ffmag

One of the most exciting developments to happen to Ibiza’s food scene for the 2023 season is the opening of LADO, a restaurant concept that focuses exclusively on Spanish cuisine. LADO is in the exclusive Ibizan port of Marina Botafoch and serves a selection of the highest quality fish, seafood, meat and dishes with Mediterranean flavours and a modern twist.

Chef Ángel Zapata, who has successfully retained his Michelin star at London restaurant Barrafina for the past few years, will be the orchestra conductor in the LADO kitchen. He explains that the reason he decided to leave a well-established project in one of the world’s most important capital cities and move to the White Isle was the need to be closer to home: “After a long period in London, fighting to retain the Michelin star at Barrafina, I needed to be close to where I come from. To work with Mediterranean produce and teach my son about my culture and roots.”

Despite originally being from Barcelona, he’s known the island since he was young and used to visit it regularly. Zapata explains that he has very strong links to Ibiza because he lived here for five years, just before moving to the United Kingdom – “I’m happy here,” he states with a smile playing on his lips.

Marinated Hamachi. Lado Restaurant

Marinated Hamachi © Lado

 

Cooking with Mediterranean roots and the flavours of the sea

Zapata’s cooking is inspired by tradition and is a modern tribute to the Iberian Peninsula; it’s based on produce, has a casual, celebratory approach and is perfect for sharing. It pays homage to the Mediterranean’s courageous fishermen, and the menu firmly emphasises fish and seafood from the area. 

“At LADO we use produce from Ibiza, as far as possible, but also from other Spanish ports, and from farmers from across the country,” he explains, adding that the menu is specially designed for sharing, and you can easily pick things from the whole menu or even combine dishes from each section for the best experience.

Eivissa views

Eivissa © Lado

 

Impressed by “Ibiza’s food revolution”

Zapata has often had itchy feet. He studied at the prestigious Hoffman School in Barcelona and then worked at a series of renowned restaurants, including the famous Can Fabes of Santi Santamaría, now sadly deceased. Dubai, Ibiza, London, back to Ibiza…

Do you notice anything different now you’ve returned to the island? “Definitely...there’s been a total revolution in the past six years. It’s incredible to see just how many distinguished chefs have come here and the new concepts and investment that have appeared in such a short space of time. It’s really positive and will professionalise hospitality here, which I think was needed.”

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