The newest addition to Jesus’s restaurant scene and Ibiza’s sushi hotspots comes in the elegant form of Kodo. Just five minutes from Ibiza Town, it’s already building a name for itself for great service and excellent food.
The interior has been decorated in simple elegance, taking cues from Japanese minimalism rather than the usual Ibiza trends. Despite the open-plan design, the demure colour palette and pendant lights descending from the ceiling create an atmosphere of delicate intimacy. We’d arrived quite early so only a few tables were taken and even so, we found ourselves speaking softly so as not to disturb the ambience.
The service was prompt and warm and we were seated quickly. A generous bowl of wasabi peas was avidly appreciated as we scanned through the impressive menu. The menu options are varied. As well as a good choice of sushi options, Kodo also have other Japanese specialties including Tataki and Ramen plus several choices for diners who don’t like raw fish.
For entrée we opted for the Miso Soup and a Wakame Salad with Sundried Tomatoes. The miso soup was light and mellow, but still with a great depth of authentic flavor. The Wakame Salad was a delightful surprise, with the tart flavour of the tomatoes working well with the subtle sweetness of the wakame.
For our mains, we chose the Tiger Roll with tempura prawns, avocado and Thai mayo, the California Roll with Foie Gras and Fig Marmalade and a Vegetable Ramen.
All dishes were served with finesse, particularly the sushi – with vibrant, mechanical cut pieces nestled in perfect symmetry. Everything was very clean and fresh. Generous servings of ginger and good quality wasabi were continually topped up throughout the meal.
The California roll was another interesting combination that worked very well. The richness of the foie gras and sweetness of the fig marmalade sat beautifully with the savoury rice which was perfectly seasoned and cooked, and held together well with the grains still separated. The Tiger Roll was mouthwateringly attractive, wrapped in seamless thin slivers of avocado and topped with salmon roe. This was our standout dish. The Raman, although tasty and packed with fresh vegetables, was far outshone by the sushi.
In fitting gluttonous style, we couldn’t resist the Chocolate and Mango Coulant from the desert menu. Cooked to perfection, with a soft, fluffy chocolate cake shell and warm, oozing chocolate and mango filling, we continued to food heaven.
All portions were generous but not over the top and prices were very reasonable. On average, entrees were around 8€, eight piece sushi rolls around 14.50€, six piece California rolls around 9€ and deserts around 8€.
On the way out, I nipped to the toilets and was surprised to find a bright white room splashed with colour and a flat screen tv playfully screening Japanese cartoons – a stark contrast to the delicate demeanor of the rest of the restaurant. It’s a nice touch that suggests while Kodo take their food and service seriously, they don’t take themselves too seriously.
Ibiza Summer Villas can highly recommend Kodo for a relaxed but stylish dining experience.
You can view the full Kodo menu on their website www.kodoibiza.com – it makes for mouthwatering viewing! Reserve a table on +34 971 193 319 or via the website.