Tickets – tapas galore

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Who doesn’t have memories of the fair when it comes to town, of the smell of cotton candy, the colorful blinking lights and the chiming sound of the Ferris wheel and the merry-go-round? A magical aura has always accompanied the fair and that is what Alberto Adriá, Ferran Adriá’s brother who worked at the world-renowned El Bulli, has tried to bring back to life at Tickets, a place which is simply fun. The idea is to either create your own menu or to order a fixed menu of small entrees (tapas). All of them have an extra twist to them and an ounce of excitement so that you again feel like a child at the fair.

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We went for a set menu and I have to say that it was exciting until the last dish, and I mean this literally because we were very disappointed that such a creative menu with such innovative dishes could end so bluntly with a piece of grilled meat. Yes, the meat was very good but honestly, grilled meat is what I have at home. It felt like they had rained on our parade and the price of the meat, 36 euros, seemed quite pricey.

This is what we ate:

Gordial Olive which was jellified, the flavor bursts in your mouth

Gordial Olive which was jellified, the flavor bursts in your mouth

puffs with cheese

puffs with cheese

Quail eggs

Quail eggs

pickled foie

pickled foie

tomato salad

tomato salad

avocado with spicy tuna

avocado with spicy tuna fish

Caipirinha oyster

Caipirinha oyster

razor clams with lemon air

razor clams with lemon air

deep fried fish

deep fried fish

sea and mountain in the same bowl

sea and mountain in the same bowl

ham croquetas, totally liquidy inside

ham croquetas, totally liquidy inside

pork shoulder and potatoes

pork shoulder and potatoes

Yauarcan chicken

Yauarcan chicken

ox with peppers

ox with peppers

Palet D'Or

Palet D’Or – this was a dessert

Lemon, like the ones we use to have when we were kids but these were a million times better

Lemon ice-cream, like the ones we use to have when we were kids but these were a million times better

The wine list fell flat. It was so boring that we simply wanted to cry. A restaurant which splurges creativity can’t put you to sleep with the wines. Where is the za za zoom? I do hope they change it soon as I am sure that you will all agree with me that it isn’t only about the food but about the wine as well.

So after reading this I am sure that you are thinking; so what do I do? Do I go or not? The answer is yes, go by all means, the food is right on and the decoration is stunning. I definitely plan to go back but there are still a few things that need to be trimmed but isn’t this true of most fairs?

Tickets

Avenida Parallel 164, Barcelona

http://www.ticketsbar.es

average price – 70 – 100 euros per person

 

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