Bodega 1900: A unique tapas experience in Barcelona
Bodega 1900 in Barcelona is one of 6 tapas bars owned by Albert Adria in the Poble Sec District. Does that name ring a bell? Together with his brother, he was the owner of former number 1 restaurant in the world: El Bulli. After its closure in 2011, Albert Adria opened a number of approachable restaurants in Barcelona, all with different specialities and styles.
Bodega 1900 has the charm of an old-fashioned vermouth bar: a small and rustic restaurant with marble tables and small chairs. The walls are decorated with pictures and memorabilia. The interior and atmosphere might look ordinary but the food is everything except that.
We are greeted by one of the (many) waiters and brought to our table. After explaining to us the concept, we decided to try the chef’s tasting menu: around 10 different tapas depending on the chef’s taste of the day. We were feeling brave!
You can’t be in a vermouth bar without trying the homemade vermouth. I have to admit that it was the first time drinking vermouth and I really liked it. It has just enough sweetness in it to make it perfect as an aperitif.
Although molecular gastronomy isn’t the focus of Bodega 1900, you can’t escape the world-famous liquid olives of Albert Adria. They are served on wooden spoons and don’t really look special. But when they are in your mouth, the “olives” pop open and you taste a combination of olives and anchovies. These olives are served together with pickled razor clams and marinated anchovies. I loved the razor clams: the tartness of the pickles together with the slightly salty razor clams were delicious. These were the highlight of the dinner.
It wasn’t only fish and seafood we had, but also some meat, or actually poultry. The quail thighs were so extremely soft and tasty, they just melted in your mouth.
We also got some lobster gratin with spinach and béchamel. The creamy texture with the slightly earthy taste of the spinach and the delicate texture of the lobster: a perfect combination.
Some other dishes that we had: the cod “esqueixada” salad, red shrimp from Vilanova, fresh tomato salad, homemade feta cheese, Grilled “Carril” clams and some empanada cochinillo.
A soft and creamy cheesecake was the perfect ending of the tasting menu. One of the best cheesecakes I had: soft and smooth in the centre and a little bit set around the edges.
Bodega 1900 is not your ordinary tapas bar in Barcelona. They serve very fresh, delicious and special tapas with only the best ingredients. And the setting: a cozy and charming little restaurant.
You want to make reservations if you want to enjoy these unique tapas while in Barcelona.