After they're through setting up their forthcoming Mexican restaurant, the brothers Ferran and Albert Adrià plan on opening a Japanese-influenced Nikkei place in Barcelona. The news comes via Lucy Garcia, the Adrià translator and collaborator, who tweeted yesterday, "After the Mexican Ferran and Albert to open a Nikkei restaurant." ("Nikkei" is a term for members of the Japanese diaspora, so it's safe to assume there will be strong Peruvian, Spanish, and Latin American influences on the menu). Few other details are available at this time, but Garcia tells Eater, "There seems to be a bit of a Mexican and Nikkei craze of late [in the country]."
The news isn't much of a surprise, given that the brothers have made several moves in the past year that suggest a desire for expansion: first there was Tickets and 41 Degrees, then the Mexican project, then a store, then a cocktail bar in London, and now this.
Not to mention their fascination with Japanese food, which became a major influence on the cooking at elBulli in the restaurant's last decade. In an Eater interview last year, for instance, Ferran noted, "I didn't go to Asia until 2002, when I went to China, Thailand, and Japan. And you could say that in the last five or six years, Japan has been and continues to be a major influence on my cooking."
More details as they become available.