Villa Mercedes – Wasabi Nights
At the start of every season in Ibiza, you’ll notice that a lot of the bars and restaurants around San Antonio have changed. The small little Tapas place that you stumbled upon last year has gone, the interesting little hut that served Mojitos just the way you liked them has turned into a Scooter Hire shop. It seems that nothing ever stays the same and your friends, thinking they’re being taken to a part of the ‘real Ibiza’, now think you’re an idiot.
But fear not, there are a few gems that not only stay the same but seem to get better with age. One such establishment is to be found in a beautiful converted villa right on the port side called Villa Mercedes. Javier and his ridiculously friendly team have spent years serving up top quality food in the most relaxed surroundings. Not content to just be a normal high quality restaurant, the crew at Villa Mercedes often entertain their diners with special events showcasing anything from local flamenco stars to Japan.
Tonight we’re here for Japan and I couldn’t be more nervous. I’ve eaten a lot of Sushi having spent a few years in Los Angeles, and I cannot compute how a feast of Japan’s greatest export is going to be even remotely good when it costs €15. If not for the fact that I have never had a bad meal here, I would probably not have made it through the front door. With trepidation I unleash the chopsticks, get the soy sauce ready and wait for the first round. Ding Ding.
PLATE 1 (in order of consumption)
- Miso Soup
I always tuck into Miso first, mainly because it gets cold quick. This is just how it should be with flavoursome with chunks of Tofu and delicate slices of Shitake mushroom. We’re off to a good start.
- Peppered Tuna Sashimi
This is the real test of a Sushi menu as there is nowhere to hide. It’s all about the ingredients and the Tuna stockist needs to take a bow. You can really taste the Tuna and the pepper only enhances it. It’s amazing and I’m feeling way less anxious.
- Tempura Vegetables
Cooked perfectly and tastes great. One of my five a day in the bag!
- Fried Wontons
Not sure what is in these, but I don’t really care as they taste great. Some meat for certain and I’ll guess at more vegetables so I can pretend I have two of my five a day.
- John Dory Ceviche
This is normally a dish from the Central/South Americas consisting of fish cured in lemon or lime. It’s the highlight of the plate; fresh, vibrant and packing flavour. Words can’t describe how good this is.
- Fish Rolls
There’s a wide choice here, but they all good. Particularly interesting is the pesto, sun-dried tomato and mozzarella roll. It tastes just like a Caprese Salad and confuses the hell out of my taste buds…but in a good way.
Shrimp and Salmon are on offer. The fish is fresh; the rice is well cooked and sticks together. I still haven’t found anything to moan about.
- Duck & Fig Roll
Phew, at last a can have a mild whinge. This tastes like duck and hoisin sauce, but it doesn’t work for me with the other dishes. Maybe I’m a little picky.
PLATE 3 (extra cost)
This doesn’t come with the 15€ selection, but I’m greedy and this plate has nothing but sweet things on it. Five things, for just 5€ more – so you are still left with that bargain feeling in your wallet.
The five taste treats are all good, but the highlight for me is the Mango Sorbet. I can’t think of a better way to end any meal.
Well, I’m pleasantly surprised at how good this was. If you like Sushi then you will not be disappointed. If you’re new to Sushi, then give it a whirl because it tastes wonderful and is also pretty healthy. If you absolutely cannot stand the idea of raw fish, then don’t forget the rest of the food at Villa Mercedes is just as good.
Find out more or reserve a table on (+34)971348543 or [email protected], and I will leave you with the words of David Hasselhoff – “I think that without sushi there would be no David Hasselhoff, because sushi is like the perfect way of describing the insides of David Hasselhoff. He is like a protein, clean and easy. That’s how I feel about myself.”
- pictures show Wasabi Nights menu for 2 @ 15€ p.p. and desert taster for 2 @ 5€ p.p.
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