When Ferran Adrià announced that he was closing El Bulli, winner of the World’s Best Restaurant for five years in the last decade, foodies everywhere, ourselves included (who’d spent more time than is healthy sending emails and making calls to bag one of the few tables available every year) went into collective mourning. The opportunity to dine at the hands of one of the most influential, exciting, innovative, playful chefs the culinary world has ever seen had gone and it was too much to bear, quite frankly.
Dry your eyes, though, as Adrià and his pastry chef brother Albert are back behind the stove, and this time round securing a table shouldn’t be so much of an effort. This time located in the heart of Barcelona, Tickets is born out of the “La Vida Tapa” concept, rather charmingly described as “an amusing way of eating that turns the eater into an interpreter of a theatre play, of a chorus magazine, of a circus variety, being the character of a fairy play.” While creative writing might not be their strength – maybe it sounds better in Catalàn – Barcelona is a-buzz that the prodigal sons have opened up here. Let’s just surmise that it’s contemporary tapas, and will no doubt employ some of Adrià’s maverick cooking techniques.
Relaxed, fun and dressed down, diners are encouraged to move through the different areas within the space, savouring the eight different food menus. There will be approximately 100 covers each night (including 50 next door), and unlike El Bulli, it will not close for most of the year. Be sure to save room for Albert Adrià’s legendary desserts – which will be available in their own area within the restaurant, which as we foodies know is so very now. Finish off your evening by stumbling next door to 41˚, their cocktail bar, where you can eat yet more of the Adriàs’ creations, including the incredible-sounding Iberian ham Airbaguette.
Full review coming soon.
Bookings are necessary for both Tickets and 41˚ and can be booked online.
Tickets, Avinguda Parallel 164
08015 Barcelona, www.ticketsbar.es