As you might have guessed from the name, Enigma in Barcelona is a restaurant – nay, a dining experience – that thrives on the mysterious. On pushing creative boundaries. And it does so, in part, by restricting photographs; there will be no causal social media posts of your meal here. But there’s so much going on that, as much as your fingers may itch to take a snap, you’ll be utterly engrossed. That’s kind of the point of dining at Enigma – it is, after all, the brainchild of Michelin-starred Spanish chef extraordinaire Albert Adrià.
The whole experience at Enigma – from entering your personal code to the door pad on arrival to the parade of delectable, modern, perception-shifting dishes that arrive over a stretch of several hours – is a riot. Of tastes. Of colour. Of sensory experience. Different parts of the meal take place in different rooms, of which there are seven, all with a different theme. With the ruffle of cloud-like metals above, and the rivuleted glass running from ceiling to floor, the effect is enough to make you think you’ve stepped outside of our time, and into another. It certainly focuses the attention on what’s happening right in front of you.
And there’s a lot to pay attention to at Enigma, with over 40 dishes making up each tasting menu, all of which playing with texture and presentation in compelling, delicious ways. Fish and seafood feature predominantly, and many dishes are accompanied by a tailored drink. But keep in mind that vegetarianism and veganism aren’t catered for here, and this is certainly not the place for families; otherwise it’s utterly beguiling. Should you want to unravel the enigma for yourself, you’ll want to book seriously in advance – this is a dining experience to covet, and prepare your wallet for.