Ferran and Albert Adria, world renown for the now inactive El Bulli restaurant, have united the cuisines of Peru and Japan (known as Nikkei) to form Patka, a fusion restaurant near Avenida Paralelo in Barcelona. The three head chefs working at the restaurant are the first ‘fusion’ element one can observe as Kyoko Ii, Jorge Muñoz and Albert Adrià all have different nationalities and backgrounds. For the interior, Adria once again turned to El Equipo Creativo, the design duo also responsible for the Adria restaurant and cocktail bar Tickets and 41º. The designers Oliver Franz Schmidt and Natali Canas del Pozo are clearly inspired by the traditional Japanese tavern, which they combined with bright and warm colors, evidently Peruvian. The two cuisines and aesthetic-elements which are the foundation for the restaurant explain the word ‘Patka’, which means ‘union’ in the Quechua language spoken in the Andes region.
El Equipo Creativo’s head ingredient for the hybridization of the two country’s distinctive styles was the Peruvian loom which one sees throughout Patka, in the form of a series of wooden loom-like frames. Schmidt and del Pozo have suspended different coloured yarns up the walls and across the ceilings. As the restaurant is housed in a long narrow space, their idea was to compartmentalize the different dining and drinking experiences. At the front of the restaurant there’s a bar area, formed by a grid of wooden batons which acts as shelving in front of the window. This is followed by a sushi bar, where chefs concoct the dishes in front of diners on three vast marble plates. The chairs and banquettes share their colour with the red lacquer found on traditional Japanese furniture. And at the back, the activity of the kitchen can be watched through glass panels with different degrees of transparency.
We can’t wait to visit!
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