At this time of writing, Sublimotion by Chef Paco Roncero is the most expensive fine dining restaurant in the world. In case you don’t know Chef Roncero, he’s one of the judges at MasterChef Colombia and an award-winning Spanish chef with two Michelin stars under his belt. His 12-seat posh and futuristic eatery is located at the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza, Spain. It first opened in 2014 serving 20-course tasting menu worth a staggering €1,500.00 ($1707.15).
To put this in perspective, a 15-course meal at a fine dining restaurant in San Francisco will cost you $200. You’re probably scratching your head wondering why would anyone travel all the way to Ibiza to dine at the world’s fanciest restaurant. It’s easy to infer that Sublimotion customers have more money than sense.
But before we pass judgment on them, let’s try to put ourselves in their shoes. Most luxurious restaurants in the world boast of grand menu offerings, interior and dining ware that satisfy its elite clients. But Sublimotion’s crew discourage its guests to talk about the mind-blowing details they’ve seen inside the restaurant. Maybe to keep an air of mystery around the brand? I'm relatively clueless.
According to Chef Roncero, no one can truly grasp the concept of Sublimotion without experiencing it first-hand. And even if diners at the restaurant try to explain what they have experienced, no one would believe them.
Yet delighted customers couldn't shut up about it. Bits and pieces such as edible dining ticket, Samsung VR specs, wall to ceiling projections and neon turntables began spreading around. The child in me was sold on the concept. If I had the money, I’d definitely fork out $1707 for this extraordinary dining experience.
Good thing I can’t afford it so I don’t have to pay two grand for a theatrical show with pricey meals.