June 20, 2016 / 2 Comments
Are you one of the many foodies left devastated that they never made it to the ground breaking home of molecular cuisine, El Bulli?
May I present to you the next best thing (in my books) – Tickets in Barcelona! Ok, so it’s not quite the legendary establishment itself – but nevertheless, being that it’s from the brothers Adria themselves, (well, Albert anyway) it should serve to put a smile on your face.
This is one you’ll need to set your clock for two months in advance in order to snag a reservation, but a tip for those who are feeling lucky – rock up at 6pm when Tickets opens and try your luck for a cancellation. You never know…I’m told there’s more than a slim chance of getting a table! If you fail, there’s plenty of Albert Adria’s other BCN50 establishments nearby, including Hoja Santa and Bodega 1900, all also usually heavily booked but worth trying to get a table at.
The crazy carnival atmosphere inside Tickets gives you a hint as to the magical creations that will be delivered to your table, or bar stool. Fun is the dish of the day, and it’s certainly a joy to dine here. The best plan of attack is to leave your menu decisions to the capable staff, and they’ll keep ’em coming until you say ‘STOP! I can’t possibly eat another delicious morsel!’.
Of course the liquid olive is on offer here, and how could you pass this symbolic dish by? You simply have to kick off your Tickets adventure by downing a slippery sphere of olive juice ready to burst upon your palate. Nothing like it.
What makes this review so easy to write for me is that you really can’t go wrong on the menu here, with many classics having stuck around for years. Personally I love the manchego air bags, watermelon sangria, tomato tartare…the list goes on and on! Given the atmosphere of this unique restaurant, I’m going to leave you to discover the secrets of the magic for yourself…
Since my visit they have installed a dessert room…those with a sweet tooth, enter at your own risk! We tasted plenty of fabulous desserts on our visit – ice cream cones created from the cart at our table, ‘chocolate air’ and the amazing sliced cappuccino cup.
This is food that embodies the creativity of the Adria brothers and the passion and vivacity of the Barcelona surroundings, at pretty good prices in my books too. You’re sure to remember this meal for a very long time!