A strange and highly secretive world of culinary amusement that reinvents the way people go to restaurants.
Conceptualized by world renowned experimental chef Albert Adrià, and spearheaded by Pritzker prize winners RCR Architects, Enigma is an extremely elusive and singular restaurant nestled amongst Adrià’s six other eateries in an unfashionable area of Barcelona.
True to its name, it is an ambiguous concept where up to 28 people embark on a culinary journey of over 40 food items, passing through 7 stations including an aperitif bar and a teppanyaki grill. Gastronomically appealing, it draws an extensive cuisine influenced from Japan, Korea, Brazil and its country of origin, Spain, all at the same time giving the feel of clandestine unity because of its interiors.
This 6000 square foot restaurant that only seats 28 people at a time, boasts of a 100 percent custom made interior of an experiential sci-fi production. Translucent barrel chairs and pedestal tables appear to have been chiseled from ice caves. Flooring and other surfaces in sintered stone have been treated with a watermark motif. Invisible to the eye, is the plaque for the restaurant’s first Michelin star.
RCR Architects developed the look for the restaurant to incorporate Adrià’s avant-garde offerings. The dining rooms are as whimsical as the restaurant itself with cloud-like ceilings made from wire mesh that changes color and translucent resin walls that look like waterfalls. Still, the colors in the rooms are silvery and relatively muted. The overall effect is meant to feel dreamlike to visitors who pass through the labyrinth of rooms.
A uniform look throughout, the restaurant has been conceived as an enveloping space that melts and disappears. Enigma, which was craftily conceived from a watercolor drawing and brought to life by using ‘neolith’, is a one-of-a-kind restaurant which has used 3.2 million euros and taken three years to be made – A must visit for any design fanatic with a gastronomic tickle.