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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)




  • Photo: VK.com

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.





 

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Wednesday, Sept. 3


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Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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