But, totally not bummed. I found a place right here in NYC that comes just as close to El Bulli as possible and I took my boyfriend their for his birthday. Degustation is literally a tapas bar that serves small but extremely flavorful dishes. The flavors that are incorporated into a dish is enough to surprise you.
We both chose to do the 10-course tasting menu (yes, I know we're pigs). Actually, we are extremely greedy when it comes to food. The following will be photos of the 10-courses and a special add-on surprise. I'll try to explain the most that I can since half the dishes from the 10-course wasn't on the menu. And let me tell you this, each dish has so many components it would make your head spin.
|Course #1 - Oyster, Egg White Foam|
|Course #3 - Coconut, garlic broth, sweetened cherry|
|Course #4 - Fried squid, egg whip, brioche toast, pepper flakes|
|Course #5 - Spinach ravioli, fava beans, shallots and razor clams|
|Course #6 - Egg mousse, crushed bacon|
|Course #7 - Sturgeon, tapioca pearls, sea beans|
|Course #8 - Flank, grilled vegetables, mustard sauce|
|Interlude - Rabbit loin, cod belly risotto|
|Interlude - Dogfish, red cabbage yogurt, corn|
The fish was really good. Lightly fried and not oily at all. It was also nicely seasoned with lemon.
|Course #9 - Yogurt, shaved ice|
|Course #10 - Caramelized Torija|
A crispy sweet shell on top that was caramelized with a blow torch, and the interior was just unexplainable. It was light, fluffy, chewy, soft, sweet, bouncy... so many different textures. So stinking good!
So, I've developed a passion with this place. I mean, it is good. If you watch Anthony Bourdain and understand the gastronomy in food, then you ought to come here. It's definitely a quality over quantity kind of food and you need to appreciate food to be able to appreciate a place like Degustation.
239 E 5th St
New York, NY 10003