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Ibiza, Danbury, CT

Everything was as good as I happily remember from the many wonderful meals I've enjoyed at Ignacio Blanco's previous restaurants. My companions were happy and satisfied with various tapas, mostly seafood. I enjoyed those too, such as sardines topped with a savory tapenade on toast; a special tuna empanada; chevre dotted with fresh figs; Ignacio's signature croquettes de bacalao; and something that might have been crabmeat layered with a delicate mayonnaise and topped with fresh, tart greens (something like arugula?). Glutton that I am, I also ordered a main course of grilled salmon; my companions didn't seem interested, except when Ignacio brought a complimentary plate of the same for the table I noticed it was gleefully devoured in minutes. A couple of us were still tempted to order a couple more tapas, including baby squid, with a Spanish rice, in its own ink, which was terrific. Desserts featured a creme catalan (for me, anyway), an intensely chocolate flourless cake, and one or two other sweets that Ignacio produced without our orders, all of which went down quickly and blissfully with appropriate glasses of port (white and red) that Ignacio also provided, gratis, to our table. If all of this sounds like too much food, I must admit we could have stopped after the first few tapas and a good white wine (from Rueda) recommended by our host; but we ate it all, very happily, and did not feel stuffed afterward. The food was all delicious, delicate, and rich in flavor but not bloating. I admit that much of the dinner was selected for us by Ignacio, who has known us all for years, and who provided many dishes and wines on the house. But that is not unusual for a restaurateur with a deservedly loyal clientele -- and it should be an additional prod to get better acquainted with Ignacio Blanco and his amazing and reliable cuisine.

Mar 15, 2013
ekaim in Southern New England

Ibiza, Danbury, CT

I agree completely with Eater203. I've been to the Danbury location of this great family of restaurants only once, for the opening, but am returning tonight. I've been acquainted with Ignacio Blanco's restaurants for many years -- first Meson Galicia in Norwalk, then Meigas in NYC and then in Norwalk again, Ibiza itself in New Haven, Ibiza Tapas in New Haven and then Hamden -- and have had many of the greatest meals at these places that I've enjoyed anywhere, and never been disappointed. They are known to aficionados of Spanish cuisine as the best in CT, and rank as the best, or among the best, in NYC and the area. Blanco travels frequently back to Galicia and other culinary meccas of Spain, and staffs his CT restaurants chiefly with wonderful chefs and waitstaff from those regions. They're well worth a trip, though Blanco is expanding all over the region, maintaining the highest standards at each of his locations. Highest recommendations.

Mar 15, 2013
ekaim in Southern New England