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.
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:
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?
Avenida Parallel 164, Barcelona
average price – 70 – 100 euros per person