When it comes to Izizi Nunnak, it really is all about location, location, location.
The lack of any visible sign outside and the fact that the restaurant doesn’t take reservations adds a bit of mystery and suspense. If it’s trying for an exclusive feel, then it has succeeded. It really does feel like ‘the place to be.’
Huge windows look out over the sea, and a small terrace in front is the perfect place to become mesmerised by the crashing waves or surfing skills of a passing kiteboarder.
The décor is urban chic, slightly industrial. But the huge open modern fireplace adds warmth as do the brightly coloured chairs that surround the tables. The private banquettes around the walls are a novelty and make for cosy get-togethers with friends or business colleagues.
When we visited, the service was relaxed, attentive and efficient. Our starters ranged from Goulash soup to Bruschetta with Buffalo Mozzarella. The former was really well seasoned with fresh herbs but it wasn’t really reminiscent of a true goulash soup. Its consistency was more consommé. Hearty it was not. The latter was exactly what it said it was. The mozzarella was great quality, and there was lots of it.
The choice of mains wasn’t the most imaginative. We went for burgers which were dense, substantial and well cooked. The bacon on top though had simply been heated up giving it a chewy, fatty consistency. A little bit of crisping under a grill would have made all the difference. The chips were hot and tasty and the plates came with their own generous serving of ketchup. The octopus main was the triumph of the night: soft, delicate and cooked to perfection.
To follow, apple crumble and cream was too an enticing choice to miss. It was beautifully presented, adding a touch of class to an English classic. The apple was traditionally spiced and the crumble had a decent crunch. The cheese plate was so generous it was almost impossible to finish, full of mouth-watering flavours from across Europe.
The bar, with its reasonably priced wine list, has a grandeur worthy of the great selection of the cocktails on offer. This venue is funky and fresh. What the menu lacks in inspiration is made up for by a feeling that you’re eating somewhere special and where you need to be seen.
Why eat here?
Hip Portixol hotspot with unpretentious menu, great cocktails, and sea-view terrace.