Some of you foodies would know that the best restaurant in the world is a restaurant near Barcelona, Spain called El Bulli. Suanne and I had tried to get a reservation last year but failed to get one simply because we put in our reservation way too late.
So, this year, we marked it down on our calendar and put in our reservation request on the day and hour the reservation booking is opened for 2009. We waited … and … waited … and just a few days ago, they responded.
When we received the email response from El Bulli, we sort of knew what it was. Legend has it that if El Bulli responded within 2-3 weeks from submission of reservation requests, it is a “Sorry” response. Now, if they take 1-2 months to respond, then you’ve a great chance of landing a reservation.
Shoot! Dashed again. Better luck next year huh?
Let me share with you what I know about El Bulli which I am sure will amaze you as much as it did Suanne and I.
El Bulli had won the best restaurant in the world for a record four times, three of which was in the last three years. You would be surprised to learn that they only open FIVE months in a year from July to December. Can you imagine that? So what happens during the off season? Well, that is when El Bulli goes around the world discovering and concocting the taste for next year. So, every year’s menu is different.
I read somewhere that for a meal in El Bulli, you will need to bring along $1000 for two people. What you get for the money is a 39-course dinner. Many of the course are many small spoonful courses but still I understand that it will take upwards of 5 hours to do … with breaks in between. Check out this report if you want to find out more about El Bulli’s meal.
Reservations are opened in mid-October for seating in summer the following year. Each year they only have 8000 seats available but 800,000 reservations were received within the first few days of reservation opening. Can you imagine that?
Would you go to that length for a meal at the best restaurant in the world? i.e. pay that kind of money, go half way round the world for just once in your life? Suanne and I would. Of course, we’ll wrap that meal with a vacation around the area in Europe. Better luck next year.
Update: If you can’t get a sitting at El Bulli, there is a second best option. In south of Spain in the city of Seville, there is a sister restaurant called La Alqueria. La Alqueria is a 2 Michelin Star restaurant and they serve some of Ferran Adria’s creation from El Bulli from previous years. Suanne and I dined in the La Alqueria in the summer of 2009. Our blog entry is here and here. Fabulous dinner!