Friday 20 April 2018

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

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.

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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