14 Dec Barcelona: Tickets
I have booked Tickets 2 months in advance and have been looking forward to our epic meal in this Michelin starred restaurant owned by Adrià brothers. Yes…the same owners of the legendary world’s best restaurant – El Bulli.
Tickets is a tapas bar with modern take – prepare to see quite an interesting menu.
We started with the Tempura Pistachios (on the left). Will didn’t appreciate its presentation… which didn’t look freshly made. There’s nothing wrong with the taste ~ quite flavourful, but I wouldn’t order again. (On the right) We got the Joselito’s Iberian Ham. The ham was so yum….succulent and full of flavours, best served with the tomato bread. I liked this combination very much!
Tickets is not intended to replicate El Bulli but the famous capsulated Olives dish is brought back to the menu. I didn’t get how good can olives be and why everybody rave about this from El Bulli? Before I tell you my thoughts about it, I should let you watch this youtube video first.
Eat it in one bite and you would be brought to cloud nine. I’m not a molecular gastronomy fanatic, but this tasted really awesome. I’m never a fan of olives, I hate the green grass after taste but this got absolutely zero grass flavour but very intense and pure olive flavour bursted into your mouth. You can tell it’s made of the best olives. This dish had made my day, probably my whole trip!
Manchego Cheese Airbags – another WOW of the night. Interesting flavours (cheese + caviar + hazelnut oil) brought together and exploded right in my mouth. I haven’t tasted anything quite like it before.
Snow Crab – avocado cannelloni. The couple sitting next to our table liked it so much that they decided to order a second round. I think it’s a pretty good dish. Texture was very creamy and it melted right in your mouth, but the flavour was kinda expected.
Will ordered the tenderloin (200g) as main course. I would typically go for a more adventurous dish but I have to say the way our server brought the steak to us was very entertaining. I was very impressed as the chef came out from kitchen and prepared the steak in front of us. Everyone around us was taking pictures.
Celebrity moment – customers were looking at your table and wonder what you ordered. Lime & Lemon ice cream with meringue on top made fresh right in front of you. It’s a one bite dessert but surprisingly it’s actually very good.
The dining experience was fun and casual. You were like in a theatre and food was the magic brought to the show. I give two thumbs up for their creative dishes and I think they (the Olives!!) made me want to go back next time in Barcelona already. With 2 glasses of cava and friendly service, our bill was about 120€.