Solid Tapas at Bodega 1900 by Albert Adrià

Barcelona, Spain – Our visit to Bodega 1900, a modern vermouth bar helmed by Spanish culinary superstar Albert Adrià, was the salve we very much needed to remedy a disappointing experience at the popular Tickets tapas bar earlier this Spring. With a smaller, more focused menu, we were able to delight in tasty, traditional tapas cuisine that were given a modern twist, and indulge in copious amounts of chef Adrià’s now-classic spherical olives from El Bulli’s hall of fame. Its relaxed atmosphere and period setting reminiscent of old world Catalonia, is the kind of place made for winding down with good company, reliable tapas, and sipping on delicious vermouth cocktails.

Despite being regarded as the alternative taparia by the Elbarri group to visit when a reservation at Tickets was “impossible” (it is possible when compared to reservations at the top restaurants in Japan), we would prefer to return here in future visits. Its service however, could afford a little improvement – we encountered a server who seemed grumpy at rejecting American customers without reservations at the door and impatiently received/served the dishes of foreign diners. Photo report:

Gordal and piparra olives
Razor clams
Smoked mackerel with bottarga
“Mollete” pork jowl with cheese, which cheekily resembles McDonald’s muffin sandwich
Bag of spring peas, black botifarra sausage, bacon and mint, which arrived piping hot at the table. A highlight dish
Homemade fresh feta cheese paired beautifully with the tomato salad
Tomato salad – so sweet and fresh. Tomatoes in Spain are the best
Iberian ham pate
Bodega 1900’s homemade Basque-style cheesecake is smoother in consistency than the famous cakes in San Sebastian, but there is no comparison – La Vina’s version is the best!

Bodega 1900

Carrer de Tamarit, 91, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
Closed: Sunday and Monday

Advance reservations required: Online