Espai Sucre: I am not sure how I first became aware of ES. I just knew that when our small group of 4 wanted to go out for dessert the name Espai Sucre came to mind. The last thing I expected was the experience at ES. I will have to be very careful has to whom I recommend ES to has a number of folks will be very disappointed. It is not your Midwest ice cream parlor serving 35 unique flavors of which one is Gold and Rose petals. Nor is it an assortment of 125 different desserts all which involve chocolate, Carmel, wiped cream and sprinkles. This is as FOO FOO as you can get and a fast way to waste 50 Euro per person unless you have lot of money or into this new fusion gastro thing. Now if you like this stuff or want to try something different then you will be in hog’s heaven right down to the snooty waiter, the uncomfortable chairs, stark stainless steel, white and sterile atmosphere.
This is a place that that has a Dessert Nazi ala Seinfeld who drops off the menu clad in stainless steel and only the number he sees fit. If you ask for more he says that all there is and we were the only people in the place at 9:30pm? After reviewing the menu we asked for an explanation where in he gave a look of “ If you won’t understand the menu, you won’t understand the food and therefore should not be here”. He then proceeded to explain the Tasting Menus 1&2 and the Big Dessert Menu faster than the FEDEX man of years gone bye. We look at each other and I suggested that he had a choice to say it that fast four more time or one time slower so we could understand what it was he was trying to say.
The bottom line was this. The Tasting menus were 35 to 55 Euro each, you could not share, change or modify and that at a table of 4, three persons would have to order separate tasting menus. So that put you at 140 to 160 Euro for dessert and two out of three were going to be eating the same dessert. That was not what we wanted to do! We tried different approaches to solve this problem but the DN was determined that it would be his way or the road.
So I decided to try one more time and said that is was not the experience we were looking for and that we would be leaving. It was at this point the DN announced that there was a Tapa dessert menu from which each person could pick and chose. A minimum of 3 per person. This was what we were looking for !!!1 Bring it on !!!! We are ready to experiment with our Midwest taste buds.
But the DN had a catch…. You could not do this in the “Big Folks Dinning Room” you had to go and eat in the kitchen at the kitchen table. That was sort of like throwing Brer Rabbit in the briar patch.
Once the little twit was out of the kitchen, the freshness returned to the evening.
In the kitchen the Tapa menu was a cardboard menu which you checked off all of the desserts that you would like to try. There were about 20 desserts on the menu. It was 9 Euro for 3 and 6 for 17 Euro and so on. The Tea, coffee and wine were free. There was an espresso machine for you to use. The whole kitchen area was small and the cooking kitchen was maybe at the most 10x6. The kitchen had life as you could see, and smell the Chef and his staff at work on your dessert They were only 3 feet from the white high rise kitchen table that would hold 6 comfortably. You could see the process, detail and care they put into each dessert. Then the Chef would bring small pieces of art work over to the table and explain his creation. It was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.
For the sum total of 44 Euro we tried 15 of the desserts. IMO if you go to Espai Sucre ask for the kiddy table in the kitchen and you will have a one up one your travel friends.
4 star because of the hassle on the DN to get what you want.