Heart Ibiza The Greatest Show on Earth

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.

Welcome to Heart Ibiza!
Welcome to Heart Ibiza!

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. See the experience through the eyes of Hedda as well.

Crispy parmesan with basil
Crispy parmesan with basil

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.

Rooftop terrace bar at Heart Ibiza
Rooftop terrace bar at Heart Ibiza
Capuccina tacos and pickled vegetables in the making
Capuccina tacos and pickled vegetables in the making
Ferran Adrià and Hedda
Ferran Adrià and Hedda

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.

Steak tartar squared
Steak tartar squared
The prettiest tartar you ever saw?
The prettiest tartar you ever saw?
Baby scallops with hoi sin sauce and cilantro oil
Baby scallops with hoi sin sauce and cilantro oil
Coppa airbaguette
Coppa airbaguette
The selection of drinks this evening – Estrella Damm, of course
The selection of drinks this evening – Estrella Damm, of course
DJ Heart Ibiza
DJ Heart Ibiza
Rubia gallega & regañas
Rubia gallega & regañas

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.

The torch juggling man
The torch juggling man
The Cirque du Soleil tightrope walker
The Cirque du Soleil tightrope walker
Snow crab giant ravioli
Snow crab giant ravioli
La tart de Heart – choco tart with pineapple, choco cherries, and strawberry mochi
La tart de Heart – choco tart with pineapple, choco cherries, and strawberry mochi
Frozen lolypop
Frozen lolypop
Then the audience took over the show ...
Then the audience took over the show …

Have you ever been to a high quality dinner with a show like this? Please share in a comment below.

Disclaimer

This was an invitation from Estrella Damm. As always, the content reflects my sincere opinion and is my personal recommendation.

Anders Husa

I am Anders Husa – a foodie living in Oslo. I eat at the best restaurants in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and the major food destinations in the world. I share my foodie stories here.

2 comments

  • Thank you from the bottom of our HEART Anders and & Hedda!
    We are honored and you made us feel proud and happy of our work throughout your words.
    What a beautiful piece to start the day / night / week / summer / season with

    Thank you and hope to see you soon in the isla blanca!
    Follow Your Heart

    Heart Ibiza team

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