In his attempt to rejuvenate the custom of “anak a fer el Vermut” or meeting for a drink and small tapas, Albert Adrià prepares traditional Spanish dishes from a brand new perspective in Barcelona, Spain.
Located along Carrer de Tamarit, Bodega 1900 is just across Tickets, another restaurant created by the Adrià brothers. Unfortunately, we didn’t get tickets to Tickets (reservations need to be done months in advance!) so we opted to visit the next best thing.
Small and cozy, inside Bodega 1900 felt like being inside an old house, with pictures hanging on the walls, wooden furnishings, and even small lockers mounted to a wall with the Adrià brothers’ names on them. The restaurant had a very rustic and casual feel, setting the stage for our first tapas in Barcelona!
The menu wasn't the easiest thing to read as it doesn't include the traditional tapas we are acquainted with. Our server was kind enough to explain the menu to us but he made it easier by telling us that a course of 10 tapas cost 40 euros per person. So we simply went for that!
We had vermouth for starters and it needs to be said, it perfectly matched the tapas we had that night! Our dinner started with potato chips, liquid green olives on a wooden spoon, and the most perfect anchovies or boquerones.
Apart from being freshly cooked and delectable, the tapas were served with so much creativity on the plate. Each dish comes with its own personality and a stylish presentation. It made dining a fun and special experience. Dexter's top favourite was the razor clams as they were savoury and you can immediately tell they came fresh from the ocean! I personally loved the croquetas de jamon iberico. I've had croquettes in other restaurants in Barcelona or even here in London, but nothing comes close to Bodega's. We ended our dinner with mollete de calamares picantes and the spicy squid came tiny in a soft hotdog bun! An enjoyable way to end the evening.
If you're looking for a different take on Spanish tapas, definitely put Bodega 1900 on your list. The vermouth and tapas selections will not disappoint. Albert Adrià's way of styling and putting ingredients together emanate in all his dishes, transforming dining into a memorable experience.
Address: Carrer de Tamarit, 91, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
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