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Perspectives — El Bulli, Girona, Spain

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

I have waited for years for other restaurant-focused blogs to emerge that I could rely on. And i’ll admit that they have been few and far between. Most food blogs appear to prefer to focus on cooking. And some of the restaurant focused blogs I find are impossible to disappoint. So I thought I would try to bring some good writeups about restaurant here to Tasting Menu under the moniker — “perspectives”.

Think of it as restaurant writing that we wish we were doing, but haven’t gotten to yet. If you have suggestions on sources for great restaurant writing, let us know. Today we’re graced with a great description of the food at El Bulli.

“I was there almost by mistake, invited before anyone knew quite how little I know about food. I have never really cooked, don’t know how to use my dishwasher, and subsist mainly on prepared deli takeout. I don’t even eat in restaurants much. Yet here I was, invited to a meal at El Bulli, the Catalonian restaurant of Ferran Adrià. The occasion was a roundtable of art-world muckety-mucks, devoted to the work of the Spaniard widely considered the world’s most inventive chef, a pioneer of the intriguing, mad branch of cuisine known as “molecular gastronomy.” I was the naïf in the room. (Before I was invited, I’d never heard of Adrià or his restaurant.) I was introduced on the panel as “the food virgin.” Ouch.”