El Bulli restaurant in Catalonia, Spain, is probably the most controversial and experimental restaurant in the world. It receives up to 1,000,000 reservation requests a year but only 8,000 get a table!
El Bulli is housed in a whitewashed building, down a rough track. The restaurant is located on Cala Monjoi, a small village camping ground by the sea, 7 kms from Roses – a tourist resort on the Costa Brava, on the north of Spain.
The restaurant has 3 Michelin stars and has a 25-course menu which takes more than five hours to eat!
Sometimes you are advised how to eat a dish, like the trademark pea soup which arrives at your table in a thin cone-shaped glass and should be ‘downed’ in one go. The texture and colour of this soup remains the same, but the temperature of the soup changes as you drink, starting hot and finishing cold.
Other acclaimed dishes include tasty foams, including raspberry herb foam with a sea-urchin ravioli and oyster jelly with seaweed and tea foam.
Chef Ferran Adria, who earned El Bulli it’s worldwide fame, has invented many ‘way out’ dishes, including transparent tagliatelle, fried rabbit’s ears and foie gras icecream.