TSM Travel Diary: Tapas @ Ticketsbar, Barcelona – Pt 1.

As you know from my previous post, we had a quick two day surprise trip to Barcelona last week and having travelled there twice in the past two years, (three times in my bf’s case!) we now consider ourselves Barca locals (ignoring the fact that we still walk around with a cameras snapping away at almost everything). Locals moreso in the sense that we can confidently navigate the the streets of old town without a map, handle public transport with complete ease (a very efficient train system doesn’t hurt!) and having frequented the Gaudi sites multiple times, we decided this trip would be all about indulgence and decadence. All we did was shop and fill our bellies at our favourite tapas bars and despite best intentions, I still ended up with way too many photos (mostly of food!) so have split this post into two entires: Pt. 1 food, Pt. 2 fashion.

A beautiful specimen of a travel bag if I don’t say so myself :) A b’day present for my bf on a significant birthday milestone and in memory or all our travels together over the past few years. 

Tickets Tapas bar: a tapas bar like none other. Owned by the famous Ardria brothers (of former no.1 restaurant in the world, elBulli) a reservation used to require booking 3 months in advance for their sizeably small restaurant. The waiting time has now been cut down to two months and I spent a good hour back in October on the website pressing the refresh button until an opening popped up for the date I wanted!

Tickets is located in the theatre district of Barcelona and the bright decor and carnival atmosphere reminded me a lot of Heston’s inventive concepts back ‘home’ in London. You could tell only the freshest of ingredients were used and that all the staff were highly skilled and passionate about food and the vision of fun and inventive Spanish tapas.

Pictured above are the famous elBulli time-consuming reconstituted olives that were placed on the menu to appease constant demand for them. When you place one of these olives in your mouth, it bursts in your mouth with a intense oily olive flavour. It was pretty amazing and the Joselito’s Grand Reserva Iberian ham and Joselito’s Coppa pictured above with the traditional tomato bread was my absolute favourite dish of the night. I completely ignored my bf whilst gobbling up the ham on bread and zoned off into that place my mind goes to when I’m indulging in decadent tasty comfort food in front of the tv. I call it food lala land. The aged meat and fat dissolved on my tastebuds with such dry and intense flavours…

Spicy Tuna belly in a cone with Lemon Zest

Razor Clams in Escabeche, Saffron Pearls and Soy Sauce shards

Salad Taco with Seabass Cebiche

Avacado Canelloni with Crab and Romesco Sauce

Confit potatoes with pork rib jus and boiled Iberian Ham

”Mollette” with Double chin (giggle)

Grilled marinated Bresse Quail

We also had the Confit Tuna Belly and Liquid Ravioli of Payoyo Cheese but I ate them so quickly I forgot to take food snaps!

For dessert we had the warm lava cake with raspberry and thyme sorbet (once again ate it before I took pictures) and here, our waiter made miniature ticket cones of chips and ketchup (apple slices with berry compote). We really wanted to try the hot and cold chocolate fritters too but we decided on the cotton candy tree instead which was such a fun choice in the end to eat!

An amazing and fun dining experience that really didn’t break the bank (Our bill came to about 130 Euros and we also shared a bottle of wine) which was in my opinion pretty decent for the quality and calibre of food we tasted that night. We also chatted to Ferran Adria at the bar and several other Michlelin star chefs which made the entire dining experience even more wonderful.

Stayed tune for Part 2 of this travel diary post …

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