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15. ADRIÀ BROTHERS' CULINARY WIZARDRY IN BARCELONA
The Catalan city is fast becoming (arguably) Europe's top dining destination. Leading the way: molecular gastronomy-loving chef Ferran Adrià and his brother, Albert.
Foodies everywhere cried a couple of years ago when Adrià closed his culinary laboratory-slash-restaurant elBulli, where Albert was pastry chef. But Albert also opened 41º Experience (011-34-696-59-25-71; 41grados.es), a 16-seat tasting room-meets-cocktail lounge in the theater district. Its frequently changing menu might feature as many as 41 different selections of snacks and finger foods that are often paired with highly intellectualized cocktails. The restaurant is next door to Tickets (ticketsbar.es), a creative tapas bar the two brothers opened in 2011, serving inventive culinary fare such as sangria-infused bits of watermelon topped with lemon zest and mint shavings.
This year, in March, they will fire up the kitchen at Pakta, a Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant near Tickets. They also hope to open a still-unnamed Mexican eatery that has been in the works more than a year.