When we read that the Adrià brothers had opened a new restaurant called TICKETS bar in Barcelona we knew we had to pay it a visit.
The restaurant headline is “la vida tapa” which centers its scope: is a reinvention of a typical tapas bar. The restaurant decoration is totally influenced by its location in El Paral·lel, a neighborhood famous for its music halls, theaters and musical plays. You are welcomed by a master of ceremonies outside and conducted to your table (or counter) in any of the 6 areas of the restaurant. In fact the restaurant is not so big (that’s why there is also so much time ahead for your reservation, more on that later) because the areas are not physical spaces but thematically different separations of the two main areas, divided by the 6 cooking counters: La Presumida (the Mediterranean tapas), La Estrella (the drinks), Camarote de los Marx (the entrance), Nostromo 180286 (les xuxis, a small bite tapa), El Garatge (pa amb tomàquet & grilled tapas) and finally La Dolça (the deserts space).
When we talk with our foodie friends about Tickets the reservation system is usually the main topic, so we would try to explain it a little bit here. Reservations must be made 2 months prior your requested date (this changes constantly, to 3 months to 1 month advance time), at 00:00 sharp each day a new reservation date is opened in the website. In minutes all the 4 available hours are usually taken, so be fast! Occasionally (rare!) there may be some left reserves and can be requested at any time, for instance now I can see the 19th and 20th of July available, so if you are craving some amazing food, jump now to Tickets website.
And now to the food! We were seated on a table next to the Mediterranean counter (the main kitchen) and under the precious colorful globe balls lamps suspended in the ceiling, and decided to choose from the menu. The lively waiters also offer you a surprise menu which consists of bringing the recommended plates from the menu one by one in a certain order until you decide that this would be your last one (they ask each time a new plate is served).
We chose around 8 tapas and two desserts. Our favorites were the spherical olive, which the waiter explained us it was a El Bulli recipe, the truffled eggs with duck served inside its shell and the spherical payoyo (a cheese from Cadiz, Spain). You certainly can’t miss the desserts: we requested a funny cake called “Jose Luis, que vienen las suecas” which was an ironic cake featuring images of old comic-erotic Spanish movies (it was a blast :P) and then cold-hot chocolate puffs (surprising how it can be at both temperatures at the same time!).
That was it! An excellent experience to be shared! Prices? Ours was about less than 40€ per person (without wine).
And hey! Bonus tip, the same team has a Peruvian-Japanese nikkei restaurant called Pakta and is opening a new Mexican restaurant called Yauarcan in October.
Tickets bar Avinguda Paral·lel 164 08015 Barcelona SpainP.S: Pictures of the food are from 2 different visits, the second one was with our lovely friends Anna & Albert, whom gave us our wedding present: an incredible and amazing and no-words-can-really-describe :P dinner at Koy Shunka in Barcelona!