Off the beaten path on Jl. Batu Belig heading towards Canggu Club one can’t help but spy the alluring presence of La Finca restaurant with its big Hacienda-styled door. Upon entering one gets the immediate feel of the rustic, artisan Ibiza-Spanish dining experience to come. The ambience creates a homely, comfortable and romantic atmosphere with a garden lounge area leading to the main dining space, which is enhanced by soothing music and surrounding leafy edges which add an authentic Finka farmhouse infusion with Balinese elements. The dining area is set with a twenty-table platform with aligning tables all leading into a restaurant haven that lets you leave the rest of the world outside. Hence, this is La Finca, and to make it even better it’s helmed by a native chef from Bilbao, Spain. The Basque country, which in Spain is considered ‘premium food country’.
The selection and style of the Spanish cuisine is authentic, where everything is home-made using fresh, high-quality ingredients offering a range of tapas, classics with highlights such as pulpa la Gallega (Galician-style octopus with boiled potatoes, paprika and olive oil), gambas isles baleares (truffle garlic prawns), calamares al la plancha (grilled squid with garlic parsley oil), and more. There is a range of organic salads that are more than just leaves and offer something unique and extra: case in point being rocket, grilled pumpkin, feta, caramelized almonds, fried shallots with soy mushroom vinaigrette.Click to view slideshow.
The mains are made up of hearty meat dishes. The house specialty is carne a la piedra, which literally translates into meat on the stone. It is a hot-stone grilled premium rib–eye steak served on sizzling hot lava stone at the table, which is both a fun experience and also lets patrons grill each bite to their liking. Black board specialties are on offer daily and paella is cooked on request. Oh and let’s not forget the full range of gourmet burgers.
Desserts are to die for and are all homemade, even the cheesecake is from the chef’s grandmother’s recipe, which is light and fluffy and full of citrus flavours – need I say more?
There are drinks aplenty ranging from sangria, of course, with any colour of wine you like, even bubbles. La Finca cocktails follow the same as their food, very creative and using fresh ingredients. The wine list is impressive with a careful selection that offers a full variety with something for everyone’s preference without making the list intimidating, and sold by the glass or half bottle. And yes, I can’t forget to mention the full international bar and also that this is a value conscience establishment that one can visit regularly.
Open 5:30 -11pm Monday to Saturday, La Finca’s menu screams a party for the pallet. Yummy, yummy, I got love in my tummy. Ready set, go.
Cheers, Salvador Bali.