An interview with owner of restaurant Mikado in Santa Gertrudis Ibiza
Ibiza is the home of so many inspiring and passionate business owners. One of these persons is our friend Rosa owner of restaurant Mikado in the heart of Santa Gertrudis. This is her story.
Hi Rosa thank you so much for taking the time in your busy schedule to talk to us.Can you introduce yourself and share with us who you are and what you do?
Hi, I am Rosa van Stekelenburg, originally from Holland but living on Ibiza for more than 11 years now. Time flies when you are having fun!! I moved from Amsterdam to Barcelona, 13 years ago and after spending over 2 years in Barcelona.
I changed the buzzing city for the beautiful white island, to be in a more quiet and natural environment. In the meantime, 11 years later I have 2 kids (of 6 & 7 years old) and started Mikado, an Asian fusion restaurant, in June last year.
Mikado is a huge success in Santa Gertrudis. How do you stand out between all those great restaurants in Ibiza?
Ibiza is a melting pot of different nationalities mixed with the traditional Ibicencan residents. The majority of the restaurants used to be very traditional Spanish but over the years more and more places are opening up with international cuisines on the island.
Still, there are not that many Asian restaurants. The opportunity was there to open up Mikado in Santa Gertrudis, besides the already existing Spanish, Italian, French and many other restaurants and bars, we offer our Asian menu to the many visitors and locals. In the village there is always people around, all year round. A great place to come for good food!
How did you get the idea to start a restaurant in Santa Gertrudis?
It actually just happened, being at the right place at the right time. Before I had a bar in Barcelona and it was always in the back of my mind to work in hospitality again. Over the years I worked in fashion and real estate in Ibiza, but then this opportunity came up to take on Mikado (which used to be Dimi´s before).
In June 2015 we opened our doors and we had a great summer, good reviews and lots of returning customers. We were open in winter as well as and now heading into a great season of 2016!
You have two kids how do you manage your time running your restaurant and have a family life?
I do have 2 kids, a boy Noah of 7 and a girl Lua of 6 years old. They are both in school, which gives me time again to set up the business. It´s like every other busy mum or dad, combining your time with having quality time with the family and working.
The kids, luckily, love Asian food, so they are often around. Of course lots of friends with kids come for lunch or dinner as well and we organize some events with a kids-club to entertain them which means some quality time for kids and for the parents!
If you can give a suggestion to people who like to move and set up a business in Ibiza what would that be?
To have your own business you have to be dedicated, but I think that´s everywhere around the world. The challenge in Ibiza is that we have to deal with seasons, a vey busy summer season and a more quiet winter season. Good luck to everybody who takes on this challenge: welcome to the White Island!
What are your plans for the future?
Of course kids are more important than work. They are still young and as long as they are in school, Ibiza is a great place to be. Maybe when they decide to go abroad, makes me want to change the quiet island for an exciting city again.
For now I am happy over here and very privileged to live here and have the restaurant. Business wise I always have my eyes open for new challenges besides the current one, but for now I am 100% dedicated to Mikado!
What is your favourite spot in Ibiza and why?
My favourite spot, that’s a difficult one as there are so many good spots on the island. It depends in what kind of mood you are in as well. I think that’s what makes the island such a good place to live. When you want to be surrounded by people you can visit busy places and look at people (a big hobby of mine J) but even in August you can find very quiet places to be only with yourself and take a step back and enjoy the quietness.
I do love the beach! Best place to be with kids, friends and families or on my own early morning for a run after dropping the monkeys to school.
When we say Ibiza you say?
“Home”!! I love traveling but every time when I return to Ibiza, as soon as the wheels of the airplane touch the ground it feels like coming home… And it always feels good to come home!