Walking into Bambuddha for the first time is one of the classic Ibiza experiences. Stroll beneath a canopy of bamboo, past ancient sexual artefacts and sultry, sumptuous furnishings and then take your seat amongst the crowd to enjoy a divinely decadent drinking and dining adventure.
Founded in 1999 by owner – and Ibiza icon – John Moon (aka elder of the ‘Black Sheep Tribe’) as Bambuddha Grove, this legendary restaurant and bar offered not just a place to eat or drink, but a full-on blitz for the senses. Now with John’s son Jonjon as the new guardian of the temple, the evolution continues.
With the venue rechristened simply Bambuddha, 2015 will herald a number of exciting developments. Together with subtle changes to the striking décor, including the addition of a collection of luxurious ‘huts’, a new culinary concept will reinforce the restaurant’s reputation as the go to destination on the island.
Bambuddha’s unique MediterrAsian food philosophy has always been inspired by the personal journeys, adventures and experimentations of John Moon. The global travels of head chef Alejandro Arquero Martinez have also had a profound influence on the cuisine, resulting in the introduction of new signature dishes such as watermelon sashimi, sake flambéed Ibizan shrimp and Iberican pork & scallop gyozas.
With the help of Jonjon, Alex’s creations have ensured that Bambuddha has won Ibiza’s coveted Fine Dining Restaurant award in 2013 and 2014. However, this year they have gone one step further by removing the classic menu of starters and main courses and introducing instead a sharing concept.
Presented in small plates, food is placed at the centre of the table for all to sample. With each dish – from mussels cooked in coconut milk, Shaoxing wine, lime, chili & coriander through to slow roasted lamb served with creamy polenta, shimeji mushrooms, cocoa crunch & Jack Daniels sauce – guests are able to enjoy numerous Bambuddha fusion dishes, all of them inspired by the ancient Spice Route from Cadiz, Spain to Osaka, Japan.
The cocktail collection that artfully adds to the sensual and spiritual vibe that is at the heart of the Bambuddha experience will continue to thrill.
In the Tantra Cocktail Palace glimmering Buddhas oversee each night’s affairs while expert mixologists conjure up signature concoctions like Joy, Shiva Lingam and Foreplay.
While Bambuddha’s cocktails inevitably steal the show, Tantra Cocktail Palace also offers an array of expertly chosen wines, cava, champagne and sake together with a selection of starters, mains and sushi.
Guests are also invited to indulge themselves before, during and after dinner in Bambuddha’s famous Boutique and Tantra Sex Shop. Here designer Gonzalo Ordoñez presents stunning luxury fashion items and erotica designed to excite and satisfy every desire.
Meanwhile, DJ James Kameran continue to drop the perfect soundtrack on the crowds until the early hours.
Having entertained thousands of visitors over the last 15 seasons, the subtly revitalised Bambuddha will continue to be the place in Ibiza to host deluxe dinners, private events, monumental parties and just about everything in between, a place loved by loyalists and the visiting ‘it’ crowd alike.