Spain already boasts the world’s top restaurant and probably its most exclusive (the single-table Mercès One, a “restaurant only for you”), so why not the planet’s most overpriced, too? The new Hard Rock Hotel opening in Ibiza next month has that covered with Sublimotion, an “unparalleled gastro-sensory venture” brought to life by Michelin-starred Spanish chef Paco Roncero, which will feature a 20-course tasting menu that costs its 12 diners more than $2,000 apiece.
As its Freudian name suggests, Roncero is going for dramatic — an “emotional experience” and “theater of the senses” are teased in the advance materials. Video shows a space that’s completely white, so crazy light-patterns and exotic landscapes can project onto the table and walls in true Ibizan discoteca style. There are some edible roses and tiered brownie-cake things here, which may turn out to be made from brownies and crushed roses, respectively, all of which is to say there’s no word yet on the actual food. If prospective diners really care about such things, there’s this statement/threat from a spokesperson: “Diners will be wandering through a world of sensations, from the North Pole where they will enjoy a cold snack that they carve on their own iceberg, or to the baroque Versailles where the elegance of a rose is sure to melt in their palate.”