Invited by Estrella Damm
Look up in the sky! It’s a restaurant! It’s a circus show! It’s a night club! No, it’s Heart Ibiza! It’s none of the above, and all of the above. Food, music, and art join forces in Albert and Ferran Adrià’s completely bonkers dinner-and-a-show concept together with the theatrical entertainment group Cirque du Soleil. Yes, that’s the El Bulli brothers in case you have forgotten their names. Heart Ibiza is the one place you have to visit on Ibiza, and it’s worth a special journey. We certainly did not hesitate to travel to the Spanish island exclusively for this event, when Estrella Damm asked us to join in on the annual celebration of their cooperation with Ferran Adriá himself – the most important chef of the last 20 years.
Dinner and a Show
Heart Ibiza stretches across several floors. The show started immediately upon entering the theater, where we were given a rose with an edible rain drop made of vodka and raspberry on top. Continuing through the dimly lit hallway, we picked an elderflower-flavored marshmallow-coated cherry from a tree on our way, and finally, as we moved up the stairs to the terrace – a crispy eyeball of parmesan with basil from a bird’s cage. A ballerina with painted eyelids greeted us at the top of the stairs, gently suggesting which kind of madness that lay ahead of us.
The Terrace Preshow
The first part of the Heart Ibiza show takes place on the Terrace. In one end is a big round bar, and at the other side, you find a series of food stalls and trucks. Waiters carried creative and funny plates of food all over the place, but we headed straight to the source to make sure we didn’t miss anything. On the way, we met Ferran Adrià, a man juggling knives and a bellboy being chased by a circus director riding a stick horse.
Best of the Adrià Brothers Compilation
We tasted all the wonderful little bites, from a magnificent baby scallop with hoi sin sauce and cilantro oil, to the steak tartare on a hollow, squared crispy bread, and Coppa ham wrapped around an airbaguette. Crispy, light, and delicious. I have never been to any of the Adrià brothers other restaurants, but I am pretty sure I’ve seen some of these dishes before on pictures from restaurants like Bodega 1900, Tickets, Niño Viejo, and Hoja Santa. This appeared to be a best of the Adrià brothers compilation.
The Greatest Show on Earth
The circus director, assisted by the bellboy, gathered the crowd to an open area of the terrace. It was showstart by Cirque du Soleil! A teaser of what awaited us downstairs included flame eating, fire breathing and torch juggling. During the next two or three hours we would witness acrobats, musicians, dancers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, and cyclists performing on stage, while waiters filled our tables with some of the most famous and iconic dishes from the Adrià brothers’ long career as chef superstars. By the end of the night, it all culiminated into one big party, where the audience was welcomed onto the stage to dance into the night. Sorry, P.T. Barnum, but this is the greatest show on earth today.
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This was an invitation from Estrella Damm. As always, the content reflects my sincere opinion and is my personal recommendation.