A Tapas Bar with a Michelin Star

El Bulli

All you need to say is El Bulli.  Yes, sadly, it closed in 2011, but its legacy lives on in Tickets & 4 in Barcelona. Ferran Adrià, the genius behind El Bulli, has partnered with his brother, Albert, to bring his innovative food creations to two new restaurants in Barcelona.  At Tickets, there are six mini spaces flanked by a bar at which the tapas are prepared.  Favorites include razor clams with with ginger, cayenne, and lemon, Xuxi of cod with tomato nectar and black olive, artichokes with crispy ham dust, and candied potatoes in olive oil with juice of pork chops and cooked Iberian ham. If it’s a multi-course meal that you seek, next door is 41º.  With seats for just 16 people, 41º offers a prix fixe menu that evokes the classic fare of El Bulli.  Plan early to dine at either Tickets or 41º as reservations, which are made online, are very difficult to get…but oh so worth the 3-6 month wait!

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