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The Nation's Restaurant News Profiles José Andrés' minibar

November 2012

Since 2003, restaurateur José Andrés had turned customers away from minibar, a six-seat counter upstairs from Café Atlantico in Washington, D.C. Reservations were booked a month in advance at the tiny spot where, in the spirit of who Andrés calls his “friend and mentor,” godfather of avant-garde Spanish cuisine Ferrán Adrià, a collaborative team of chefs would use their imagination and culinary skills to present guests with multicourse tastings that over the years included such dishes as foie gras coated in cotton candy and arugula-stuffed jícama topped with crushed Altoids.

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