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El Bulli Restaurant, Spain

Gina C. Jul 9, 2008 09:16 AM

Would anyone like to eat at what is considered by some "the best restaurant in the
world"? Let me recommend El Bulli, with its world known chef, Ferran Adria.
We were there last summer and it was the best culinary experience of our lives.

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  1. 2top RE: Gina C. Jul 9, 2008 09:35 AM

    Can you get me a reservation?

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      Gina C. RE: 2top Jul 9, 2008 10:08 AM

      That's the hard part. You have to reserve months before. But believe me it's worth the wait.

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      TampaPete RE: Gina C. Jul 9, 2008 11:47 AM

      Is Ferran still the chef?, I know he is part owner, but did not know if he still was the Chef de Cuisine, I thought he was more of celeb nowdays than a chef.

      Have you tried Minibar in DC, just curious how they compare?

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        butterfly RE: TampaPete Jul 10, 2008 07:29 AM

        No, he's still there. He's not a celebrity chef in the model of the Food network types... He's best-known for the work that he does at El Bulli. Minibar is done on a completely different scale (much smaller).

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        Corporate_40 RE: Gina C. Jul 9, 2008 01:20 PM

        I've been trying to get a reservation there for 2 years. I'm about to give up though, b/c the whole molecular gastronomy movement I think is fizzing out, and being that I've eaten at WD~50 and places of the sort, not sure the trip to Spain just to eat at El Bulli is worth it anymore.

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          Frodnesor RE: Corporate_40 Jul 9, 2008 01:48 PM

          Yeah, if molecular gastronomy isn't cool any more I definitely wouldn't bother. There's no good reason to go to Spain otherwise anyway.

        2. Mild Bill RE: Gina C. Jul 9, 2008 02:28 PM

          When I get to Spain, I'm gonna go nuts!
          But I love the real, downhomey, earthy, adventurous, rustic artery clogging stuff...
          The Jamons, the quesos, the seafoods, the beefs & the innards's...

          I have zero desire to pay out the wahzoo for frozen pine tree jello globes that expell as foggy mist from your nostrils!

          ------But if you're paying, you'll have more fun if you bring me...

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            torta basilica RE: Gina C. Jul 13, 2008 10:21 PM

            He's definitely still there - tons of threads on Adria & El Bulli, though. Mainly on how to get a seat ;-) Don't know if I'd call it the culinary experience of my life, well, maybe I would as in 'experience' vs. totally delicious satisfying food, but anyway...

            Still would like to know if precedence is given to former diners or if they figure you've had your chance...

            1. mainsqueeze RE: Gina C. Sep 12, 2008 11:18 AM

              How much would a meal at El Bulli cost, per person, in total?

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                torta basilica RE: mainsqueeze Sep 18, 2008 11:28 PM

                There's tons of posts over the years... this is the most famous restaurant in the world. To save you the effort of a search, about US$150 pp - no wine. Still a great bargain for an incredible experience.

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                  catsrus9 RE: torta basilica Sep 19, 2008 09:52 AM

                  Actually, it's much more expensive these days. I think the prix fixe price is at least 180E now...and that's before wine and tax/tip.

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                    Delucacheesemonger RE: catsrus9 Sep 27, 2008 11:33 PM

                    Last time there, 18 months ago, cost for two with decent wines 675€, first time l went in 2000, before €, do not remember peseta number, but total for two with three extraordinary wines including a 1990 Clos St Hune and a Clos Mogador, as well as a Lustau PX for dessert was, sorry guys, $ 290

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                      Sgee RE: Delucacheesemonger Oct 4, 2008 04:46 PM

                      Going to try to get reservations for 2009, do you think I will be at a disadvantage submitting a request for 2 people instead of 4?

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                apocalyptical RE: Gina C. Oct 8, 2008 11:10 AM

                I'm going to Barcelona in 2009, I'm at the El Bulli page and it says they are opening in June of next year? I thought they were closed from Oct. to March. Does anyone know why they changed their schedule, it seems now it's open from June to December.

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                  PBSF RE: apocalyptical Oct 8, 2008 01:38 PM

                  Probably dued to Adria's various outside commitments during the first half of the year. There is an explanation on the egullet website.

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                  jd1 RE: Gina C. Apr 19, 2010 08:06 AM

                  just got a table for 2 on nov.4

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