We declared 2016 to be the year in which we would try many new fine dining experiences. And we did. A small number may stretch the definition of “fine” but the majority would not. Altogether there were 35 such venues. The last of these was Tickets in Barcelona, which was voted the 29th best restaurant in the World. It proudly advertises this in its window.
The restaurant is themed as theatre (or maybe circus, but certainly an event). You enter at the ticket counter and the wait staff are dressed in uniform with epaulettes.
Perhaps I should share the first few courses and then we can have a little rest, before we move to the home straight.
Firstly, with emphasis, the signature dish transported from ElBulli, an explosion of intense flavours from the olive reconstituted as ……..an olive:
Note the pearl in the oyster. The razor clam is a splendid variety of flavours much preferred by the subscribers to TripAdvisor.
There were more savouries and my favourite was the octopus served on the beach box with the most fabulous cucumbers in a Tickets jar.
There is not a set number of courses for the menu. It is called a surprise menu and the waiter brings out food that he thinks you will like and you say stop when you’ve had enough. We said stop after 19 plates had been set before us and consumed with gusto. At that point, we were invited to leave our table and transport ourselves to ….fanfare……….The Dessert Room. It is hidden behind a curtain. As the curtain opens you find yourself in a Willy Wonka type location, witness the roof:
The cheesecake masquerading as cheese is pretty special
The total cost of this extravagant evening was Euros 300. This fed us each 21 plates and we drank two glasses of Cava, a bottle of red wine, a lot of fizzy water and then total included ten percent tip. This was exceptionally good value. Alex has declared it to be her best ever restaurant experience. There is no higher accolade. A very fitting finale to the year of fine dining.