Another Year Older

November 27, 2017
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I've been extremely traditional when it comes to celebrating my birthday so far. Except for the years I've been abroad, the celebration has always taken place at home. The most important thing for me is to be surrounded by my loved ones so I didn't really care about where the party took place. However, this year we decided to do something different. Back in August we had been to a very special restaurant and I wanted to go back for my birthday.

This restaurant is like no other. I've never had a gastronomic experience like this one. The name of the place is LAV and it's in my hometown, Leon. The name is an acronym for Laboratorio Alfonso V, and if you pronounce it in Spanish it sounds like "lab", short for laboratory. So what's so special about this place? Well, everything. From the food to the fact that you don't start eating at your table. restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
It all starts at the bar where you order drinks and eat unique tapas. See the four big grey stones below? They are edible. It's foie covered in chocolate. How genius is that? Meanwhile, you take a look at the menu and choose what you want with a colored marker. 
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
Next stop is the open kitchen for some live showcooking.
The rest of the meal takes place at the table. Take a look at the picture below, you can see the menu card. As I said before each one of us chose what we were going to eat with a different marker: red, black, green and blue. When you get to the table you put a colored card next to you so that the waiter knows your menu choices.
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa rhodes dress claudie pierlot
All dishes are carefully curated in terms of design and flavors. They are incredibly pleasant to both the eye and the palate. These are the starters.restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
The starters are followed by soup.
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
Afterwards, we had fish and meat. It may look like a lot of dishes, but the portions are small so you don't really feel full until the end of the meal.
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
To transition from the meal to the sweet taste of dessert, you get a digestive mousse in a beaker. A nod to the name of the restaurant.
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
And last but not least my favorite part...
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
restaurante lav leon alfonso V hotel españa
The whole experience takes about two hours but it doesn't feel so long.
Have you ever been to a restaurant like this? What's the most unique experience you've had when eating out?
xo Cristina

Restaurant info
LAV
Av. Padre Isla 1, Leon
Tel.: (+34) 987220952
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18 comments

  1. Wow, that sounds like a great experience! It's definitely different and the food looks so good! I love the idea of the restaurant applying laboratory ideas into their business - it's so unique! I hope you had a great birthday. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  2. Living on Cloud NineNovember 28, 2017 at 5:53 AM

    HAPPY Birthday GORGEOUS!!! Looks like a wonderful meal and you look so pretty! xo

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  3. Happy birthday girl! It is my husband's birthday too!

    Michelle || www.byquinn.com

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  4. Nos enseñas lugares maravillosos que dan ganas de visitar sin hacer preguntas. Estar en ese restaurante tan novedoso tuvo que haber sido una bonita experiencia y si la comida estuvo exquisita ... que más se le puede pedir ?
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  5. Wow this looks incredible! Such a neat concept and the dishes look delish!

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  6. Happy Birthday beautiful! Love this restaurant, love you and love your blog!

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  7. Well first of all, Happy Birthday! This restaurant sounds and looks so cool! Those dishes look delectable!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  8. Happy birthday! This experience looks really extravagant! The food looks like art!

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  9. WOW! I have never been anywhere like this but it looks and sounds amazing! Happy Birthday!

    Katherine | www.oneswainkycouple.com

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  10. Felicidades y seguro que lo pasasteis genial. La comida tiene una pinta exquisita.

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  11. Happy birthday! I love your outfit, that colourful scarf is perfect with your little black dress!

    What a fun restaurant too - I've never been to anything like that, I can see why you'd want to go back again!

    Hope you are having a lovely week! I'm getting excited it will be December this weekend! We are going to put up our tree then.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  12. Happy Birthday! This looks like such a fun restaurant! I'd love to visit sometime! Everything looked amazing!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  13. Sounds like a wonderful birthday celebration! I went out to a really nice place for my birthday this year and really can't think of a better way to celebrate! Thanks for joining Style Wise Link Up today!
    Cheryl
    www.northwestmountainliving.com

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  14. That entire experience looks and sounds wonderful! What a great birthday treat! I hope you have a happy birthday, and you looked lovely!

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  15. Happy birthday. Thanks for linking up to the Top of the World Style linkup party.

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  16. That meal looks AMAZING and happy birthday! I wish we had something like this in Kansas! You looked amazing, and love your outfit!

    I would love for you to join our linkup on Monday!

    -Adriele
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  17. What a lovely restaurant. Happy birthday dear!
    P.S., your scarf is sooo pretty!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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