Rarely do you see such vast interest behind what seems to be a typical and traditional bodega in Barcelona. But when you find out that the Adria brothers (and famous from the El Bulli success) are behind Bodega 1900, then you don;t need any other references. A top notch meal in a perfect setting, regardless of the somewhat over the top prices!
I found myself wandering around the streets of the slow-paced mediterranean city, in need of some tasty fine Jamon and some good ol’ Spanish treats. Along came Bodega 1900, just across the street of the famous Tickets bar, a traditional relaxed tapas place that also dubs as a vermut bar (having gathered great attention in the drinks area lately). Apparently, making a reservation is a must but having visited on my own I had nothing to fear!
The waiters are dressed up properly in white and black, very polite and very friendly. Of course they will try to lure you to ordering the surprise menu (you basically state your preferences and off the chef goes!) but I opted for the a-la-carte option rather. The place is done nicely, high ceilings, El Bulli memorabilia on the walls and lots of fresh and canned produce create this bodega environment with a witty charm.
Starting off with the classic “El Bulli” olive, I ordered a portion of classic Spanish anchovies marinated in vinegar and served on a traditional plate – amazing! The Serrano jam came on a wafer-thin paper in small and ultra thin pieces (what a delight) which I accompanied with the classic pan con tomato… drizzled in extra virgin olive oil and lightly warm. As a main, I also got a special of the day, waguy beef tartar that was served with some thin crunchy bread slices – nothing astounding but good enough.
Inspired by the classic surf and turf culture around here, I also ordered some more fish. There’s this Mojama with almonds dish, which is basically ice cold tuna, finely sliced and served with one almond per piece. Very, very, very good!
The tinto de verano was going down nicely with all the deliciously made treats when I also got a bit of a refreshing ending to this great meal: the orange salad. Orange chunks with just a tad of lemon skin on top, served nicely upon two kinds of olive oil, one spicy and one with more of an olive oil taste, and finished with a garnish of mint. Amazing!
If I had to travel back to Barcelona and just visit one place for a couple of hours this would be it! Well done to an impeccable service and a delicious meal!