Many come to Ibiza specifically to experience its renowned night-time dining. The range, intensity and refinement of the dining experiences for which it is known are unrivalled – and Laylah places itself both at the centre and the apex of that legend. It puts pleasure at the very heart of its diners’ experience, emphasising exploration – of cuisine, of texture and of flavour.
Given its location – a stone’s throw Ibiza’s nightlife triangle of Pacha, Heart and Lío – diners would expect Laylah to adopt a nocturnal, decadent ambience. They won’t be disappointed: darkly lit and discreet, the restaurant offers an enveloping, even intoxicating, spot to enjoy close conversation, beautiful cuisine … and whatever else follows afterwards. The décor adds to this air of indulgence, from copper-topped tables to buffed leather sofas. Every detail has been considered.
In fact, part of this careful curation is an eschewal of the usual conventions of dining. Structured seating plans are not for Laylah. Instead, communal dining is the order of the day, emphasising the social element of food and creating an atmosphere that focuses on how food is eaten, and with whom, as well as merely on the plate itself.
As far as the plates go, a potent Israeli influence ensures that every dish is bursting with exciting flavours – sparking further conversation and exploration. The focus on sharing plates only redoubles that emphasis on the social, with homemade focaccia arriving alongside homemade zaatar, tahini and tomato salsa. Roasted cauliflower is served with tahini and green chilli, and king prawns arrive with spicy mayo.
Style and society take centre-stage amid all this, with peerless cocktails and the best DJs providing world-class music seven nights a week. This is the place to start an Ibizan night with fantastic food – and in exciting company.