IBIZA - SANT LLORENC DE BALAFIA - RESTAURANTE ES PINS
When heading up to the north of the Island on the famous restaurant road towards Sant Joan de Labritja, you will find this, old-school, traditional roadside Restaurant Es Pins.
You will find plenty of parking outside the restaurant, which serves mainly Ibicencan staples such as roast lamb, pork chops, rabbit, pan-fried halibut, paella, and arroz de matanzas (a traditional Ibicencan dish, usually made in winter after the pig slaughter using pork, chorizo sausages, rice, and spices such as nutmeg, saffron, and allspice.). Their aniseed bread is unique, straight out of the wood-fired oven, and considered to be some of the best on the island.
The meat dishes are cheaper than the fish and portions are huge, catering more to the local farmers and workers of this northern village, than the tourists who happen to stumble by.
Es Pins is fitted out in traditional Ibicencan style, with wooden tables and chairs and a well-stocked bar.
There are two dining areas, as well as a terrace.
Start with the homemade aioli, green olives, and bread.
Then try the sofrit pagès, which cost €14. Other mains start from €8. We tried the three-course menu del dia for €13
Typical Ibicencan salad.
A small portion of sofrit pagès (a traditional Ibicencan stew. It's made with a combination of different meats such as lamb, chicken, and sausages such as botifarra and sobrassada, along with a variety of vegetables such as bell peppers, artichokes, and potatoes).
Greixonera (a famous local dessert which is a kind of bread pudding made from ensaïmadas (a croissant-like pastry) with an appetising touch of cinnamon, served cold. (vegetarians beware it contains lard).
Main courses include calamare (squid), and chips.
Steak and chips.
The restaurant has cult status around the Island and during our lunchtime visit, it was full of locals, for whom, it is a kind of canteen.
We would probably go for the main menu in the future but if you are watching the pennies, the menu del dia is good value, you also get a drink and coffee, with it. Service was friendly, in a busy, rustic atmosphere. It is closed on Wednesdays.
They don't allow reservations, so first come, first served. On Sundays don't go later than 13.00.
ES PINS Carretera C-733 Eivissa, Sant Joan de Labritja. km 14.8, 07812 Sant Llorenc de Balafia + 34 971 32 50 34
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