The world’s most exclusive pop-up restaurant — and likely the most expensive — opened today in Melbourne. The Daily Meal reported in the fall that Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck would temporarily move to Melbourne, Australia, and for $525 a head, you and 15,999 other lucky gastro-enthusiasts could dine there.Today, The Fat Duck opens to its first wave of reservations, or, as Blumenthal calls it, “four hours of pure food theatre,” including giant jigsaw puzzle and guidelines on food photography, according to The Guardian.
The 15 courses are a display of experimental molecular gastronomy and include snail porridge, red cabbage gazpacho, salmon poached in a licorice gel, and whisky wine gums.
The quirky pop-up restaurant indeed seems to be just as much about the experience as it is about food: diners will gaze upon an eight-meter-long, two-meter-high jigsaw puzzle featuring Blumenthal wearing a cape, which will be meticulously completed during the course of the six-month pop-up. Guests are also encouraged to take photos, but to not use flash photography, or to move plates around on the table.
If you fancy a reservation, you’re out of luck: there’s a 74,000-person waitlist for a spot at The Fat Duck.