Tickets in Barcelona is probably one of the toughest reservations in the Europe. It is possible to reserve tables up to two months in advance but tables seem to disappear as soon as they are released. When I went to Barcelona this time we booked the trip less than two months in advance and it was totally impossible to reserve a table. This however doesn’t mean that it is impossible to get into the restaurant. I have heard from a couple of people that its worth going there just when they open because there are often no-shows. We went to the restaurant about a quarter before they were to open and luckily got a table.
Unlike Albert Adriàs other restaurant next door, 41 degrees experience, there is no tasting menu at Tickets. Tickets is a tapas restaurants where you order as many tapas as you want. It’s a good idea to let the staff choose a number of dishes for you because it’s quite difficult to read the menu. It was also quite difficult to hear the presentations of the food when it was served. I can therefore not give detailed information of what the dishes consisted of.
Crab in avocado cannelloni
The technical level of the food is quite high with some elaborate presentations. One of the desserts, ”The Corks”, a coffee brioche with a praliné mousse looked exactly like a real wine bottle cork. It was also very delicious and had a great combination of textures; soft on the outside and crunchy on the inside. The classic elBulli olive spheres are also on the menu. I recommend you try the air baguette with Joselito ham. I didn’t eat it this time but I had it at 41 degrees. It’s brilliant.
Orange salad with Gordal olive jus, mint and ras el hanout
All is not about technique though. We also had an orange salad salad with olive oil and ras el hanout and a wonderful avocado cannelloni filled with crab. The quality of the produce is generally fine but not spectacular. The cooking was faultless. I have heard quite a few people saying that the food at elBulli was strange and not always especially delicious. That is not the case at Tickets (or 41 degrees). Here everything was delicious and even though there is a lot technique in some of the dishes the food is never challenging. I would rather say it’s quite comforting.
White asparagus in almond milk
This was a very good dinner, especially considering the price. We payed around 55-60 euro per person for the food. I would say that it is difficult to eat better for that kind of money. But if you disregard the cost of the meal I don’t really think that Tickets lives up to the hype. Maybe my assessment is affected by the high expectations I had before the dinner. Two years ago I had a mind-blowing dinner at 41 degrees experience. And some of the dishes are served in both 41 degrees and Tickets so I expected the food to be at the same level.
Papada “El Manteca” El Mollete planchada
Tickets is currently ranked no 57 in the world by San Pellegrino and Restaurant Magazine. In my opinion there are a number of restaurants that should be ranked higher. That said I would happily go back to Tickets. If you look at it as the tapas restaurant that it sets out to be; it’s brilliant and quite unique. I do not think that there is any other restaurant where you can have tapas of this level without experiencing a full tasting menu. It is much better than the tapas bar Inopia that preceded Tickets. Tickets is highly recommended if you are in Barcelona but it is not worth a special journey.
Manchego cheese foam in mini airbags with hazelnut-olive oil caviar
Tartar of tuna with soya, ginger and wasabi sauce
Traditionally cooked lentils with duck escabeche
Confit artichoke with quail egg yolk and salmon roe
The corks, Lavazza coffee brioche with praliné mousse
Raspberry rose with licorice meringue
Sweet maki, lime marshmallow, mango and nori gelatin