It’s a good sign when a newly opened restaurant is packed on a Wednesday night. It’s an even better sign when it features a menu that makes you want to order every single dish – and better still when those dishes exceed expectations.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Gypsy Kitchen.
The restaurant is one of the first to open at Buckhead Atlanta, the new shopping and dining district. It’s the latest concept from Southern Proper Hospitality, which owns and operates Smokebelly BBQ, The Big Ketch, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and Osteria Cibo Rustico.
The décor, like the menu, is influenced by Spain with Moroccan and Indian flavors thrown into the mix. It’s that cool spot you would want to happen upon in Granada after an afternoon of sightseeing at the Alhambra.
It’s a see-and-be-seen kind of place, with a layout that makes it at once intimate and good for people watching. The outdoor patio is sure to be packed all weekend, as is the bar area that features a life-size metal bull.
The bar program is one of the highlights, with handcrafted cocktails that incorporate Spanish ingredients. Try the Century Italiano, which is made with Campari, cava and charred pineapple and citrus, or the Evil Eye, made with saffron gin with a dash of paprika.
The wine list has a selection of Spanish wines plus Old and New World gems. I was thrilled to see Chateau Lagrezette on there, one of the wines I’ll be featuring in my upcoming series on Cahors Malbec.
The menu from executive chef Randy Lewis includes snacks (picas y montaditos, queso y embutidos), small plates (platos pequeños) and larger entrees (raciones, platos a la planxa), all meant for sharing. I’m not exaggerating when I say that you’ll want to order almost every single dish.
Dessert offers tempting alternatives to the typical end of meal offerings. Most popular are the Dark Chocolate Pistachio Cake, which comes with white wine caramel, candied pistachios and rosewater Chantilly cream, and the Orange Cardamom Yogurt Cake, which is served with caramelized white chocolate sauce, candied orange peel and honey whipped cream.
Gypsy Kitchen is currently open for dinner and will be offering lunch soon.