Ferran and Albert Adrià’s 41 degrees

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I didn’t really know what to expect from Adrià’s brothers 41 degrees experience, adjacent to Tickets tapas restaurant in Barcelona and already one of the toughest reservations in the world. (Avinguda Paral·lel, 164  08015 Barcelona,Spain; tel.+34 932 92 42 53)

All I had read that it was a bar where cocktails and innovative snacks were served. Little did I know that the moment I enter the dimly lit bar with the Javier Milara’s “Frosted rain” installation hanging from the ceiling, I would have the chance to relive the gastronomic dream I had at El Bulli three years ago.

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They say that the best things in life are unexpected and what a fantastic experience it was! Maybe Adrià brothers don’t hold  the world’s best restaurateurs title anymore,but their immense talent and ability to reinvent is still alive and present. The three hour dinner was made of over 40 snack and bites, some of them paired with cocktails, which brought me to Scandinavia, Vietnam, Japan, Peru and the Mediterranean countries. A voyage around a world and much more than just a meal…

The most memorable snacks…

Iberian ham "airbaguette" with Joselito ham
Iberian ham “airbaguette” with Joselito ham
Sunflower artichoke
Sunflower artichoke
Oyster with "ajo blanco",grape and caviar
Oyster with “ajo blanco”, grape and caviar
Homage to Scandinavia ( toast with raw beef and carrot)
Homage to Scandinavia ( toast with raw beef and carrot)
Sweet corn ravioli from the "Mexican landscape"
Sweet corn ravioli from the “Mexican landscape”
Prawns "aquachile"
Prawns “aquachile”
Banh Mi sandwich from the "Vietnamese landscape
Banh Mi sandwich from the “Vietnamese landscape”
Foie gras with sherry
Foie gras with sherry
Classic lemon pie cup cake
Classic lemon pie cup cake
Peach pit, black sesame rock,raspberry bonbon,crispy chocolate ball...
Peach pit, black sesame rock,raspberry bonbon,crispy chocolate ball…
The location
The location
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  • Sven Van Coillie

    Looks great, interesting to see your comparison with El Bulli! Do you think the food can really compete with the original El Bulli experience, despite the differences in location and conceptual approach?

    Unfortunately I had to cancel my booking at Tickets and 41° a few weeks ago, but we’ll try to get there soon.

    • luxeat

      Sorry to hear that!! Hope you can make it later this year.

      Yes, for me 41 degrees can definitely compete with El Bulli, maybe 41 degrees cooking is slightly less elaborate, but the style is the same. And what I liked about 41 degrees that there were quite a few “proper”, yet really delicious bites, such as Banh Mi sandwich…

      • Sven Van Coillie

        We will definitely try to make it later this year, there’s still so much to visit in the beautiful Catalonia region! We’re already visiting Valencia & Dénia (Quique Dacosta) in September but I hope to make it soon after.

        Thanks for your vision on the 41° concept, makes us even more excited about this
        visit!

  • Rusan

    God ! I will be there in a few weeks later. Can’t wait 🙂 Any other suggestions for Barcelona ?

    • luxeat

      Tickets next door to 41 degrees for more casual Adria brothers cooking, Cal Pep and El Quim for tapas.. And Koy Shunka for creative Japanese, if you are up for Japanese in Barcelona 🙂

      • Rusan

        Actually Cal Pep and El quim is in my list. El Quim is a must in every Barcelona trip for me. Any suggestion for seafood restaurant for dinner ? I cant decide between Rias de Galicia and Botafumeiro…

        • luxeat

          I like them both, but probably would go for Rias de Galicia.. (I haven’t been yet, but I heard that the new Adrià brothers’ Peruvian- Japanese restaurant Pakta is good..) Enjoy Barcelona!

  • laurens

    another suggestion is paco meralgo for lunch instead of el quim.
    paco is the local favorite on a higher level,make sure you make a reservation.