Before I get started I should explain how Next works. Started in 2011 by Grant Achatz (of Alinea), the concept behind Next is that instead of making reservations like you traditionally would, you purchase a ticket for a dining experience which changes seasonally. So instead of ordering dishes or drinks you merely show up with your ticket and when you leave there is no bill to settle since everything is included with the ticket. Other restaurants (Playground 2.0 and Trois Mec come to mind) have borrowed the idea, but Next was the first.
This is going to be a photo dump more than anything. I’ve realized I’m really bad at keeping a blog because my updates come years after they’re relevant. I attended Next: el Bulli back in 2012 and Next has since done at least another ten different menus. A quick jump on their website shows they’re now on Tapas. Well when I went, they were doing el Bulli. What does that even mean? I’m glad you asked. El Bulli was basically considered the best restaurant in the world for the past decade or so when head chef/food God Ferran Adria decided to close it down for good and people started losing their minds. Somehow Grant Achatz managed to not only get Ferran Adria’s permission but also his help to recreate his most popular and signature dishes for one season of Next. I have friends in powerful places and we managed to score tickets to what was literally a once in a lifetime experience. At the time, this was probably the last opportunity to taste Ferran Adria’s food considering he had just shut down his restaurant. That said, here are the photos. Hold on to your hats, because there are a lot.