Wednesday 18 January 2017

Fine dining with quite a bit of Bulli on the side

A reservations system similar to that for the best seat at a show has foodies salivating, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

Published 16/05/2010 | 05:00

Is the cost of dining out in the future going to depend on where you want to sit or on what day or at what time you eat? Booking a seat in a restaurant a la booking a seat in the dress circle in a theatre or a seat in the grand stand of a stadium seems to be the new trend in a restaurant world ever seeking something sensational.

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The American foodie world is all of a twitter about the proposed ticketed restaurant called Next that is due to be opened in the autumn by Grant Achatz. Achatz's Chicago restaurant, Alinea, was recently voted No 7 on the world's best restaurants list, beating Thomas Keller's revered French Laundry.

Achatz's Next restaurant will serve four seasonal prix fixe menus per year from "great moments in culinary history -- or from the future", priced from $40 to $75 (€32-€60), with wine and beverage pairings beginning at a $25 (€20) supplement. That sounds like four quarterly straightforward tasting menus to me.

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