I've had 12 and 14 course tasting menus (though not on a daily basis, of course) and while I mainly enjoyed them, they approach overkill for me. About 6 well-chosen courses maximizes my gastronomic pleasure, I think, esp. if matched well with wine.

A friend sent me the following link to an article about a 30 course, 5.5 hour meal at the famous El Bulli restaurant in Spain. Although I guess it's the meal of a lifetime, I'm not sure whether it would be more enjoyable or more tiring for me.

link to article about 30 course meal at El Bulli


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Now that's decadence but would be a wine pairing nightmare. Rabbit brains in a chick pea jelly? Eek Eek

The Daily Gullet. Great name.
Lots of e-friends in Spain have visited El Bulli and they all agree that the best pairings are palate cleansers along the riesling-cava-champagne line. A priori I'd agree (but I DON'T want to do it a priori, of course: I'd love to tell from my own experience!!)

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we ate at a restaurant in Madrid that had a thirteen course set meal. We got to about course five befgore gibbing. Not even close to the main dish.

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I was searching through the archives and came across this posting by killerB, and I was wondering if you remembered the name of the restaurant in Madrid where you had this 13-course meal. Just curious. Thanks!!!
absinthe, I can't answer that question, but loved Puerta del Morros, Paco's, and Casa Botin in Madrid. Ever been to them?
when i read 30 course meal,

i knew it has to be el bully.

i would drink water (as ever) with that kind of food!

by the way,
not all courses are somting to eat, one is a baloon with orange-blossom essence it will be cut and the air blows all aromas to youre face.
and one dish is a sponge from almonds with alginat that will be frozen and when you "eat" it, you get the aroma but nothing to swallow.
attention, some people had slightly burnt there tong from the freezing aliments, there frozen in liquid "stickstoff".
i don't know if he's the best, or just the best of the crazy Wink
absinthe24 - absolutely no idea. I could probably find my way to it from that big square with the clock and the bear. If you follow the bear's road up, there's a hotel up there somewhere and the restaurant was opposite. It was New Year's Eve so it was probably a special.

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