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Gypsy Tapas Bar: Free Spirit

Gypsy Tapas Bar // 14 Liteiny Prospekt // Tel: 993 77 57 // Open daily from noon till the last // guest // Meal for two with alcohol 2100 rubles ($59.65)

Published: May 14, 2014 (Issue # 1810)




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The logo for Gypsy Tapas Bar, a new bar on the corner of Liteiny Prospekt and Furshtatskaya, says The place for those who love to travel, and upon entering, we are greeted with an eclectic mix of ornaments, suggesting someone has just returned from a recent trip. Despite calling itself a tapas bar, the place is decorated with more Middle Eastern flavor than Spanish, however it is still welcoming, with the two invitingly large legs of ham sitting on a counter.

Despite greeting us warmly at the table, the waiter was of no help with our coats and instead we had to fold them by the windowsill due to the lack of hooks around. Glancing through the extensive drinks menu, I could not resist the temptation to try the I Want a Summer Gypsy! cocktail (300 rubles, $8.52). A mixture of rum, amaretto, berry syrup, strawberries and lemon juice, it was as sweet as it looked in presentation however, it could have done with less ice. My partner was not as lucky. Ordering a Quiet Sangria from their sangria range (250 rubles, $7.10), it was also beautifully presented, but was too watery.

The bar offers a one page tapas menu starting from 70 rubles ($2) for tapas with potato and up to 490 rubles ($14) for tapas topped with freshly sliced Serrano ham. We decided to sample the fresh goats cheese with anchovies (90 rubles, $2.55) and calamari and green sauce (130 rubles, $3.70). The flavors of both tapas were enjoyable: the salty anchovies were the perfect companion for the goats cheese, while the calamari rings had a firm texture and were delicious with the green sauce in which we could taste some fresh lemon. The only downside was that the bread was not freshly toasted and instead was soft and chewy in texture.

For mains, we ordered the fried Bacalao with red and yellow sweet peppers (390 rubles, $11.70) and a grilled red bass (460 rubles, $13.06). Presented with a thin crispy coating, the fresh white fish underneath was flavorsome, especially when eaten with the accompanied serving of grilled peppers.

My partner, however, spent most of the time busy deboning the red bass, which was served on a bland mixture of cooked vegetables in an awkward high-edged wooden plate. Offering a small side dish for the bones or serving it on a flat china plate would have been a better option here. However, despite the bones, the fish was well cooked and sweet.

With some room for dessert, we shared a creme catalane with fresh berries (280 rubles, $7.95), along with two Americanos (100 rubles each, $2.83). Presented in a jam jar, the creme catalane was a real delight and the highlight of the meal. The burnt sugar was blow-torched to perfection, covering the rich vanilla custard underneath. Topped with fresh berries, this dessert alone is reason enough to come back another time.

As we sipped on our coffee, we were treated to an excellent Smokie tribute band, quite fitting to the atmosphere of the venue. And as we left, humming the tune of Lay Back in the Arms of Someone, we did indeed feel like a pair of travelers, who had been temporarily whisked away by the gypsy spirit.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, July 31


Develop your leadership abilities during a lecture by famous Russian author and coach Radislav Gandapas. The event starts at 9 a.m. at 5 Lodeinopolskaya Ulitsa. The price for entry is 20,500 rubles ($570).


Relax and enjoy a Parisian atmosphere with some romantic and laidback jazz tunes during the Night of French Music at Lenny Jam Cafe, 63 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 250 rubles ($7).


The Womens Business Club is hosting a Beauty Brunch where participants are invited to discuss the latest news in the beauty industry and listen to lectures by professional stylists in the business.



Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldnt miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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