On the rare occasion that acclaimed chef Albert Adria of El Bulli fame doesn’t sprint between his five restaurants and bars on or near Avinguda del Parallel 164 in Barcelona every day, he can be found in some of his favorite places in the neighborhood. He doesn’t mention a gym among his favorites, but Adria’s nighttime sprees at places like Bodega 1900 across the street, Pakta, its Nikkei restaurant two blocks away, and its two Nino Mexican restaurants. Viejo and Hoja Santa a few blocks away hold it back. form of combat. On this road, he also checks out his restaurant Enigma, which is currently under construction and slated to open next spring. Adria recently moved her office and El Taller to the same premises to manage her growing restaurant empire. Adria’s elBarri group manages all these operations, which until last year also included 41 Degrees Experience which, like its own Tickets Bar, has been awarded a Michelin star.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Adria, along with her brother Ferran Adria and Cirque du Soleil, recently opened her creative and one-of-a-kind multimedia entertainment experience on the island of Ibiza, a favorite spot for partying, well-heeled jet-setters. When asked about his preferences for where to eat, shop, or just “hang out” in his neighborhood, he generously shared some of them. One of the best pastry chefs in the world did not hesitate to recommend three pastry shops where he satisfies his sweet craving: La Pastisseria, Patisserie Escribà and Oriol Balaguer, which bears the name of a chef whose creations are artistic and delicious, according to Adrian.
Dos Palillos, chef Albert Raurich’s Michelin-starred restaurant, attracts Adria not just to eat but also to reunite with the chef who has a long association with the Adria family since the days of El Bulli. Incidentally, Ferran Adria’s office and workshop are not far from the restaurant, which is a few blocks from Barcelona’s famous Ramblas.
Albert Adria’s two favorite markets that he tends to visit in the morning are La Boqueria on the Ramblas and Santa Caterina, which sells just about any type of produce, seafood or meat, as well as stalls interesting for a quick bite. Under the colorful roof of the Santa Caterina, there is every chance of bumping into Albert Adria who is taking a quick trip to do his shopping in this quieter market recently renovated in 2005. Besides the products, his most precious possession is his knives. kitchen. His favorite knife shop, Cuchillería Ganiveteria Roca, is a place where you might find other well-known Barcelona chefs.
Seafood lovers will enjoy Rías de Galicia, which is Adria’s suggestion for the best Seafood experience in Barcelona. Run by the Iglesias family, who are also partners with Ferran and Albert Adria in several projects, this is by all accounts the best Galician restaurant in town. These days, two bars Chef Adria likes to frequent when away from home are Braseria Cañota and Restaurante BarBas for the fun vibe. If the chef whose own bars are the coolest places in town goes there, then these are probably good alternatives to deal with the disappointment of not getting into Tickets, Bodega or Nino Viejo. Finally, his love of sushi often brings him to Restaurante Shunka. He’s a man who, before opening his Nikkei-Peruvian restaurant Pakta, tested his sushi-rolling skills for months before his perfectionist tendencies were satisfied.