After three and a half months of waiting, it was finally time to enjoy Tickets Restaurant Barcelona. Although this new proposal of the Adrià brothers has been open only a short time, a waiting list appeared almost immediately, filled with people anxious to sample the delights that, until recently, have been almost off-limits for the general public.
The interior of Tickets is truly amazing; there are cooking stations dotted around the space and everything is open-plan, giving a bird’s eye view of the mysterious cooking that is going on. There is almost too much activity to take in at one go. Looking just like a fairground carnival, there are all sorts of different lighting and furniture and it seems a bit chaotic but in a good way.
I can’t possibly remember all the food we ate, (we were four in total). There is a mix of molecular gastronomy and normal Spanish tapas, which was a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting absolutely everything to be molecular. The normal tapas were very normal, pimientos de Padró, confit potatoes, chicken skewers. The molecular tapas were based more on textures than surprising flavours which was another aspect that further dampened my excitement. The photos here are just a small selection of all that we tried.
I have to admit that I’m not that big a fan of certain textures, I prefer to be surprised with flavours. There are barely any meat options on the menu and not that much variety in general. We started to struggle towards the end, at a loss for what to order as we’d tried the range of fish and veggie tapas. The staff are very helpful but they hover incessantly. There seems to be one wait person per two tables, which is far too much. We were constantly interrupted throughout our dinner. This is not the place to go for a romantic meal.
The high point was, without a doubt, the desserts. The presentations was spectacular, the flavours amazing and the textures were inventive. The portions were a good size, which was a relief after some of the tiny dishes.
Conclusions?… We paid 55 euros per head, (without wine which was wildly over-priced), and we left feeling full. As an overall experience, Tickets is very interesting, but it doesn’t manage to achieve the spectacular. 55 euros is over-priced for what we ate, I’ve had better meals for 30 and 40 euros. It is obviously impossible to lump Tickets Restaurant Barcelona in with other places as you are partly paying for an experience and the Adrià name. There are restaurants that I continue to go back to, time and again. I’m afraid that Tickets Restaurant won’t be one of them.