We want to make sure to experience molecular gastronomy while we're in Barcelona in May, and we've been perusing all of the extremely useful posts on Cinc Sentits, Alkimia, Comerc24, etc. It took us a long time to choose out of those three, but with Chowhound's help we've decided to go to Cinc Sentits. I wish we could go to all three, but our wallets won't allow it. We are now debating between the eight course Sensacions tasting menu (with 'signature' dishes) for €69 or the six course Essencia tasting menu for €49. I would really appreciate any guidance. The dollar/euro exchange rate means that we're really looking at something like $100pp versus $75pp, and that's just for food. This is a significant expenditure for budget foodies like ourselves. So here are my questions:
1. How significant is the difference between these menus? We have smaller than average appetites, so I'm not worried about not being full with the six course version. I'm more concerned about missing out on the true molecular food experience since I guess this menu doesn't include the 'signature' dishes, whatever that means.
2. How important is the wine pairing to the experience? The Sensacions menu comes with a standard wine pairing at an extra €30pp, or an even more expensive wine pairing at €50pp. We would like to do the wine pairing in theory, but could live without it in order to save that extra 100 bucks or so. The Essencia menu doesn't come with a wine pairing. If we don't do a wine pairing, we'll probably get a reasonably priced glass of wine each and be perfectly happy.
3. They also have a lunch menu for €30. I assume one will not get a sufficient impression of Cinc Sentits from this menu, but on the other hand it's a lot less expensive. Any thoughts about lunch there?
Thanks so much for your help...these boards are invaluable.