SAN ANTONIO – Fine-dining meets chilled Balearic atmosphere in one of the sunset strips finest spots.
San Antonio may not be known as a food destination, yet for those willing to look beyond the fast food chains and cheap cafes that dominate its main strip, the town is home to more than a few gourmet surprises. It had been just over a year since our last visit to Kasbah and the refurbished and extended terrace that greeted us on arrival was an early sign that the restaurant isn’t resting on its laurels. A new head chef, a new menu and a fresh take on casual fine dining for the sunset strip; the only familiar sights were the team’s warm hospitality and the beautiful sunset that accompanied our meal.
The new kitchen team has brought a wealth of experience with them from some of London’s top restaurants and the drinks menu complements the adventurous spirit of the food with some intriguing cocktails and an extensive wine list. Purple Rain, is a Prince-inspired take on a mojito that sees gin matched with basil, wild berries and hint of black pepper, while Coronarita is a playful take on a frozen margarita complete with upturned bottle of Corona – a reminder that Kasbah is the perfect alternative spot to enjoy a few drinks on the sunset strip for those looking to avoid the usual haunts.
The menu comprises four sections – Land, Sea, Earth and Fire – loosely corresponding to meat, fish, vegetables and grill with a few classic mains among some of the more adventurous choices. Our first dish was beetroot with goat’s curd and honeycomb, the rich curd cutting delightfully through the two varieties of beetroot, finished off with a sugary hit of the honeycomb. It’s a flavoursome opener and testament to the kitchen’s ability with vegetarian dishes.
Presentation of food was sublime throughout all courses but perhaps the highlight came in the form of tuna sashimi and avocado emulsion decorated with pomegranate arils and radish slithers in the shape of clams. It’s as delicious as it looks, a culinary combination confirmed in our next dish of grilled prawns with a vibrant chargrilled mango slice, avocado carpaccio and mango gel.
Our second vegetarian dish comprised a lightly battered poached egg with asparagus and a subtle truffle foam, the delicate textures and flavours combining superbly. The meat options are plentiful at Kasbah and the pork belly with red cabbage and little gem did not disappoint, a crushed peanut garnish and sweet sauce adding a fusion twist to a classic dish.
The dessert menu stays true to the wider culinary concept at Kasbah, modern meets classic, fine dining meets casual. Peanut Butter And Jelly was a divine peanut butter parfait accompanied by caramelised peanut brittle and strawberries, but the star of the show was undoubtedly Chocolate Textures, a white chocolate parfait with chocolate ganache, chocolate soil, honeycomb and basil leaves.
Kasbah is most certainly a restaurant on the up and with Kasbah Bay now open in San Antonio Bay plus a second restaurant in Andorra, the future looks very bright. For relaxed, high quality dining in Ibiza’s most famous sunset spot, look no further.
Kasbah is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day throughout the summer with live jazz shows every Friday. For bookings call +34 971 96 08 93 or visit the Facebook page.