A Balearic-inspired grill and an Ibiza vibe in the city (GMA News Online)

Photo from Ibiza Beach Club BGC

(This feature was published in GMA News Online last April 19, 2017)

I’ve heard tales of Ibiza—an island in the Mediterranean Sea that is notorious for its nightlife and party lifestyle. It was on my bucket list for a while, until I outgrew it. Now, I prefer destinations with a more laid-back vibe where I can simply relax, indulge in some good food, and maybe enjoy some cool entertainment.

Ibiza Beach Club meets my expectations.

It is the newest dining and entertainment destination in the metro, opening on April 16, right in the heart of Bonifacio Global City. I have been to the first branch in Cebu, but Ibiza BGC is massive: the 1,000-seater flagship restaurant occupies 4,000 square meters in one of the city’s prime structures. But instead of getting a view of the beach, visitors would see landscaped greenery and the cityscape.

Manny O., a prominent entrepreneur and award-winning vintner, conceptualized this uniquely Filipino brand that has a registered trademark. The brand has become known for its Balearic-inspired, signature 15-course grill, which left a memorable mark on my mind during my last Cebu trip. I was happy to find out that the new Ibiza BGC is more accessible to urbanites like me.

The meat of the matter

I came with an empty stomach. I was prepared for the unlimited grilled meat and seafood choices—Filet Mignon, Angus Rib-Eye Steak, Baby Back Ribs, Ostrich Meat, New Zealand Lamb, buttery Rock Lobster or Salmon, Tiger Prawns, Cuttlefish, Chicken, Crispy Pork Belly, and Beef Short Ribs. As if these weren’t enough, the 15-course repertoire also includes a serving of salad, Pao de Quejo (cheese bread), side dish, and grilled Queen Piña specialty dessert in its lineup.

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