528 closes this saturday so last few days to try it if you haven't yet. It has evolved quite a lot and they brought in extra acts for the closing week. Big plans for 2022...I've been going to Gala Night since I was a baby (weddings, baptisms, communions, concerts, you name it!) so I was well excited to be invited to the soft opening of 528 as the place has always being special to me. It's great that in these uncertain times there's people that has the guts to get into such a pharaonic project like this.
Located on the hills of Benimussa, the massive complex has been operating non-stop since 1976. No, it never was abandoned. And no, it never was a zoo (animals were one of the many attractions for tourists, who were brought in busses from all across the island). How much damage Mixmag and the likes have done. Certain promoters too.
Bartolo Escandell continues being the owner, now with leisure industry pioneer Andy McKay (Manumission/Ibiza Rocks/Pikes) as partner. The place is huge so the possibilities are infinite, even more so after next winter's refurbishments inside. The potential is endless and we'll be talking about their events calendar a lot in the coming years, you'll see.
The reason why we were there last night, the final dress rehearsal as Andy called it during his speech, was to sample the menu created by head chef Gonzalo Aragüez (Destino/Lio/Sa Brisa) and sous chef Massimiliano Bartelloni. They've taken over the area previously known as the sunset terrace. Sadly it was cloudy yesterday but most evenings you can enjoy the sunset from there, an extra bonus.
The gastronomic journey started before being seated at our table, as we went through various tables to try some tasty munchies while listening about their relationship with Ibiza and Formentera. A bit of history to start the evening, nice. Of all the food they brought to our table, the most suprising taste for me was the alioli with saffron; my favourite dish was the mackerel with Ibiza figs; and, me being a cheese lover, I can't not mention the mini pizza with goat cheese and truffle.
Obviously the show is a very important piece in this puzzle, it's a theatrical dining experience after all. The whole idea of capturing the essence of Ibiza and condense it into a dinner show might sound a bit pretentious but a show about the heritage of Ibiza with a modern touch will always have my thumps up.
Throughout the night we saw some amazing theatrical shows and a few cool singers, highlight being the chica who sang "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen (made popular in the '90s by the great Jeff Buckley).
Last but not least, special mention to their super-friendly staff. Top notch from the moment we entered until the moment we left.
Stay tuned for W_I_C's article on the main site. And if you want to see pictures and videos, check Ibiza Spotlight's instagram for quality footage by captain Stivi.
528 officially opens its doors this friday, 6th of august. This week open friday through sunday and from next week, thursday through sunday. From 7:55pm (five minutes to eight!) to 1am. Check their booking options here.