41. The thought of eating 41 dishes is at once exciting and daunting. In framing it as 41 bites of food, the notion of it becomes something more manageable. However, it was not the quantity that concerned, but the ability to process and remember all the details.
Sitting down, I felt almost afloat in the dark room. Projected on narrow slats hung from the ceiling, stars, galaxies, and nebulae surrounded me. These shards of animated light gave the room a surreal effect. But the real show was to take place on the table.
I would travel around the world, each exploration into a culture or concept – not just by flavour or component – is also tinted with Albert Adria’s sense of whimsy. And at times, it was quite the fantastical journey on the plate and on the palate, challenging notions of what something should be and turning it on to its head.
Though it is always about the details when it comes to places like this, the details are woven so tightly that you remember only the tapestry as a whole, and not the thread.