Jan 24 2014

Bodega 1900

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Bodega 1900 is one of the best Spanish tapas restaurant that I have ever been to. But then again I sort of semi expected it, as it is owned by Ferran and Albert Adria, two very  influential chefs of this generation, who ran El Bulli, the worlds best restaurant at the time, for many years.

 

El Bulli closed in 2011 after which the Adria brothers started opening restaurants in Barcelona,  but way more casual ones than El Bulli. In 2011 they opened Tickets, a tapas bar in Eixample Esquerra district, where I really wanted to go with my friends, but could not get a table. I tried to book Tickets 2 months before and it was fully booked and then when we were there, we actually physically went to Tickets, hoping to get a table, but obviously it was also then fully booked on a friday night and we could not get in. They did say however that they frequently get cancellations for Saturday lunch, so if you have not booked and want to go there go on a Saturday lunchtime to try your luck. Even though we could not get into Tickets, the lady at the door pointed us to Bodega 1900 which was across the street from Tickets and told us to go there. Albert Adria has said  himself: “If Tickets was the offspring of El Bulli, Bodega 1900 will be its grandparent. Bodega 1900 will be the Tickets that, if we lived 100 years ago, we would have opened.” Bodega 1900 serves a lot of vermouth and it is the place to drink it. Around the corner you can also find restaurant 41° experience, which is the closest you will get to El Bulli now, with somewhat similar food. Besides these restaurants the Adria brothers also own Pakta, Japanese and Peruvian fusion restaurant and they are busy and opening 2 more this year, Mexican place called Yauarcan and a restaurant called Enigma.

 

Bodega 1900 was opened a few months ago, in September 2013. The restaurant is very small (110 square metres) and it is located in a building constructed in 1900, hence the name, Bodega 1900. The food served at Bodega 1900 is bought daily in the market,  and Salazones (salting), comfits, marinades, preserves and charbroiled cuisine form the basis of the menu. The inside of the restaurant has a very rustic feel. The restaurant is small and has tables scattered around the room and also bar stools by the entrance which is where we sat. as the rest of the place was full. On one side of the room you could see Spanish ingredients in jars, Spanish Jamon legs as well as other ingredients which the chefs were preparing and then serving to people. The walls of the place had different memorabilia from El Bulli and we even found an old menu of El Bulli on the wall. For someone like myself that has not been to El Bulli, it was great to se it.

 

The menu at first looked strange to me, as it had very few of the traditional tapas that I associate with tapas bars and was more creative but it also seemed like more basic. It was therefore so strange to see that the dishes that on the menu did not seem that appetising to me, were delicious and super interesting. The menu was divided into dishes “to start the vermouth”, “confits and pickles”, “pure breed” (meaning ham/ Jamon), “cheese”, molette (soft bread) dishes, char grilled dishes, vegetable dishes and desserts. Most of these things you could buy per piece and if not tapas ranged from EUR3 to EUR15 in price.

 

Most of the food also did not come served on a plate but was served on a piece of thick paper with Bodega signs all over it, which was sort of cool. First we ordered some snacks from the “to start” section, “crispy seaweed”, “pork rind with hot spices” and “boiled and salted white prawns”. I loved the crispy seaweed or small seaweed bites covered with sesame seeds, very cool little snack that I have not seen before. The prawns were sort of plain as they were just boiled and with salt but nevertheless enjoyable.

 

Next we also ordered a five year old ham (Jamon) which was delicious, and to go with this the “pan con tomate” or the typical Spanish tomato bread and a plate (paper) of manchego cheese. The bread and cheese were excellent. This sort of sounds funny to say, as there was nothing too complicated here, but the next day I also had tomato bread with manchego cheese and those were not half as good.

 

After these tapas we moved to slightly more unusual, creative dishes We ordered vinegar fresh anchovies with olives (as they had run out of the San Filippo anchovies which we wanted), which were not as strong as anchovies you can get, they had a powerful, yet not too strong and delicious taste. We also ordered stuffed olives, which were amazing, served on a little wooden spoon so you could put this in your mouth easily. Next came “mojama” with almonds and smoked mackerel as well as roast red peppers. All these dishes were delicious.

 

After we had finished with these tapas the waiter suggested we have one more, spicy squids molette (which is very soft bread). It was like a little hot dog, just with squid instead of a sausage and with delicious sauce covering it, and I really enjoyed it. If you want tapas in Barcelona, I do recommend this place. You wont get your traditional tourist tapas like croquettas and chorizo, but the ones you will get will be simple yet very good. And the tapas will be served in casual yet very warm atmosphere, which I personally very much enjoyed. 

 

Date: 24/ 01/ 12

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Price for 6 people with alcohol, no service charge: EUR240

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4.50

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Bodega 1900
C/ Tamarit nº 91 08015
Barcelona
Spain
ES
Bodega 1900 Reviewed by Hungry Bee Maija on . Rating: 4.5