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May 11, 2011 04:31 AM

Tickets Restaurant- worth the wait?

Heading out to Barcelona next week for a couple of nights with my boyfriend to celebrate his birthday. It's our first time there and we’re pretty excited to put it mildly.

Staying a few streets from Tickets restaurant and we're keen to try as it's SO far removed from our London dining scene (with the exception of the excellent Viajante).

Didn’t get our acts in gear early enough to book a table and wondering if anyone has had any luck with walk-ins? I gather they keep some tables back...

Any advice gratefully received.

If we were, by some freak chance, able to get a table the budget for the trip would almost certainly be blown so any recommendations for cheap, delicious and different dining venues would be amazing... thank you!

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  1. Go up into the hills for a lunch or dinner at Can Marti. I wrote a report of my lunch there a few months ago. Reasonable prices and quite easy to get to by public transport.

    I wrote about my meal at Tickets on the same thread; you can judge if you think the prices are within your budget:

    4 Replies
    1. re: erica

      Thanks Erica, great report, so thorough! Has made me even more excited about the trip

      1. re: celiace

        It's definitly worth the wait if you can get in. It was one of our favorite food experiences in Barcelona.
        We had Manel (our waiter), designed a tasting menu of all the best dishes that cover tickets and elBulli. It was about 15 courses and we added an extra dessert. Left very full and happy. Including 4 glasses of cava between us and 2 bottles of water it was 175 euros. Worth every penny. Detailed trip report coming soon.
        Albert was there and we saw him. And then 3 days later we went back for cocktails at 41, my wife told me Ferran was stood behind me, I nearly snapped my neck when i whipped around to see. It was. The man himself right beside me. Highlight of the trip.

        1. re: Heeney

          Yes, indeed!!! I had dinner there last night and it was awesome! The whole dining exp, not just the food. Ferran was nice enough to pose for a picture as well. What a way to spend the first night in the city. ;)

          1. re: nemis

            Thanks for all your comments. We went to Tickets on the first night and the door man said they were completely booked for the next three months. Instead we went through to 41Degrees and it was incredible. Steadily worked our way through the bar snacks and were blown away time and time again. Their 'nigiri' were ridiculous- favourite being the bruleed foie gras on 'cloud' base (this was meant to represent the rice bit of the nigiri and had the consistency of marshmallow but delicious and savoury). The truffle filled mini brioche (a tiny toasted pancake) was also pretty sublime. Sherry was 4 euros a glass and definitely preferable price-wise to the cocktails, though they looked spectacular.
            When we eventually prised ourselves away from the bar, some hours later, we wandered back through Tickets and it was by no means full to capacity so maybe we just didn’t look the part?! Still, think we got a fairly incredible and similar experience at 41Degrees and for half the price. Can’t recommend the place highly enough.
            Other food highlights of the trip included squid and cava at Bar Central at the Boqueria Market:
            Also Lolita, just around the corner from Tickets. I believe this was formerly Inopia, their jamon fat on toast (Spanish version of lardo di colonnata) was so good we ordered more straight after finishing the first plate.
            Cal Pep was fantastic
            However, in hindsight the bill was perhaps a bit on the steep side- 100Euros for 5 tapas, 2 sherries and a pint of beer with no warning on price whatsoever since they don’t work from menus, not sure that would ever wash in London! That said, the place is great and they served some of the best tuna tartare I’ve had (toasted sesame and heaps of black pepper).
            Had some great authentic (mainly tinned) tapas at Xampanyet in the Born region, standing at the bar, casual sort of place and absolutely packed.
            We stayed at Market Hotel and I cannot recommend this place highly enough- it lived up to the website which is a first.
            Sorry for long winded response- just keen to pass on my experiences of this amazing City, Barcelona is unbelievable.
            Oh, and if you’re looking to get stuck into the gin in a serious way, look no further than this place- I have never seen selections or measures like it.