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At Stylebible, we aim to feature only the very best bars, restaurants and hotels in any given destination.
It’s a noble aim, or so we believe, but it can also be a poisoned chalice.
For instance, what does one do about an establishment that everyone loves – but that we don’t think quite comes up to snuff? Snog, marry- or delete?
A case in point is the Jockey Club in Ibiza, on Playa des Salinas.
Our initial view was that it should be dropped from our listings. We were looking forward to eating at one of the island’s longest standing beach clubs, our taste buds salivating as our hire car pulled into the sandy car park on a balmy September day. We settled in, enjoying the company and the view of the blue sea outside, glinting against an azure sky.
Both me and a friend had ceviche of white fish, scallops, king prawns, avocado and cilantro. Another of our table crew ordered the rock mussels, fisherman's style. Neither dish impressed. The ceviche, usually a delicate item, was heavy and tasteless - and having eaten it the night before at Sunset Ashram on the island’s easterly coast, the comparison was night and day. In short, the dish was poor. The mussels fared little better, served in a dry tomato, paprika, garlic, lemon, fennel and wine sauce, it elicited a shrug and an ‘it’s okay’ from our friend.
It turns out that not everyone agrees with me, however. One salient voice who has guided the well-heeled around the island for years, insisted that it deserved its place in our Ibiza guide. She argued that the club offered the best atmosphere and music, and was arguably one of the best spots for a long boozy lunch. Plus, she added, it was a veritable Ibizan institution, having opened its doors for the first time a quarter-century ago. So for that reason, it remains here. We are democracy not a dictatorship – up to a point.
One thing is for certain: you will need to book, it’s incredibly popular and if you don't book a table, you will literally be waiting for hours.
I'd argue it’s a fun place for a boozy afternoon but I'd skip the lunch. The ‘Chiringuito’ (outdoor bar) certainly makes the place less pretentious than some of its competitors (I’m thinking Blue Marlin) and it’s certainly less formal than the Cotton Beach Club. Go for late-afternoon drinks, enjoy the music, and mingle amongst a fun Ibiza crowd. Hell, even eat there, but don’t expect it to blow you away (and remember to book one of the sun loungers available outside the restaurant for a post eating siesta).