You can always count on the brothers Ferran and Albert Adrià to pull a surprising new move without doing much explaining. Their Barcelona avant-garde bar 41 Grados, which had earned a stellar reputation among foodies craving for a taste of the brothers' Bulli-style "snacks" and iconoclast drinks, is no more.
After being open for only a few months, it has ceased to exist in its original form and has quietly "morphed" into a tiny urban avant-garde restaurant, serving 41-course dinners.
This new 41 Grados will not be similar to Tickets, the brothers' contemporary "tapas bar" next door, but much more ambitious and daring in its gastronomic explorations. Diners - a mere 16 lucky few of them - will be served a succession of 41 mini-courses. Albert Adrià has been feverishly working on the menu for several months and is visibly excited to be going back to creating whatever wild stuff comes to his mind. He's even designed the tableware to match the new "dishes". Older brother Ferran being too busy touring the world as the face of giant Telefonica as well as attending to several other engagements, such as promotional events for his latest book, Albert is clearly the one running the 41 Grados show.
As was customary at El Bulli, reservations for 41 Grados will only be taken online. There is, however, an additional hurdle: tables are only available for even numbers of diners (no solo critics allowed, therefore). There are tables of two, and tables of four: nothing else. More details below. 41o Avinguda Paral·lel 164 Barcelona
Published by Alexandra Forbes, a Brazilian food and travel writer, food editor at GQ Brazil and columnist at Prazeres da Mesa and Folha de São Paulo newspaper. Alexandra can be followed on Twitter by clicking on this link.