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Spanish Exhibition

Chris Watkins | December 8, 2014 | Articles

With the deluge of restaurants looking to stake their claim in Atlanta’s dining scene, one can find oneself wandering aimlessly in search of brilliant flavors and vibrant atmospheres. That search ends at Gypsy Kitchen, a culinary nomad’s dream, offering a sexy foray into the diverse culture and cuisine of Spain.

The first local restaurant concept to open its doors at Buckhead Atlanta, Gypsy Kitchen’s aim is to take you on a journey—so get your passport ready. Brought to you by Southern Proper Hospitality (the folks behind Buckhead barbecue-fave Smokebelly BBQ, the flavorful and friendly Tin Lizzy’s Cantina and deep-sea-dive The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill), the concept brings international flair to the high-end retail district. Traditional classics that infuse Moroccan flavors with Indian influence and modern day Spanish nosh are fair game and highlight the eclectic intricacies of the menu.

The expansive restaurant on the second story of the complex (next door to the recently-opened gastropub The Southern Gentleman) delivers on the global experience with an atmosphere that reflects the same vivid personality as the menu options. Designed by NY-based architecture firm Lacina Heitler, Gypsy Kitchen pops with color like an international bazaar. Hues of bright turquoise shimmer like an ocean, while crimson banquets ground the space’s Moroccan vibe and baroque-style copper details. From the large National Geographic-style photo of a namesake gypsy with piercing hazel eyes watching over the dining room to the custom raging bull sculpture holding court at the bar, the space is quite an eyeful. The exploration also extends outside to a huge patio overlooking Peachtree Road, perfect for people-watching and grooving to the sultry, Carlos Santana-esque sounds of Spanish guitar and flamenco that will play several nights a week. You’ve been practicing your moves, right?

But while your senses may be firing uncontrollably from GK’s lively color wheel, try to focus them on the equally energetic menu offerings. Executive Chef Randy Lewis has divided the menu into shareable snacks (Picas), small plates (Platos Pequenos) and larger communal-style entrees (Raciones). To start your journey, you’re going to want to wrap your taste buds around citrus marinated olives and Spanish-style toast with toppings like tomato fresco with olive oil and sea salt, and Marcona almond Nutella with shaved chorizo. Appetizers life kataifi-wrapped shrimp stuffed with even more chorizo, and wood-grilled octopus with paprika and garlic chips pack big flavor in a small package. Heftier options (meant for sharing, of course), go the route of beef tenderloin tips with pepper-potato hash and fondue, quintessential paella and Majorcan-style whole branzino with piquillo peppers, kale, pine nuts and golden raisins.

Grab the bull by the horns (remember there’s one at the bar, don’t actually do this) with boozy offerings from veteran barman Michael Searles (Holeman & Finch, Fork & Juniper) that fully utilize intense Spanish ingredients like cloves, pepper, cardamom and saffron. Benefiting heavily from these spices are cocktails like the rumcentric House of Cards with cardamom, bitters, lemon, honey and black pepper, and the bourbon-heavy Spice Trader with honey, cayenne, apricot liqueur, lime and ginger beer. It’s getting hot in here.

So whether you’re looking to add robust plates of meat, Spanish-inspired cheeses or spicy aromatic cocktails to your Atlanta dining expedition, point your compass to Gypsy Kitchen. Co-founder Chris Hadermann explains, “At Gypsy Kitchen, we’re giving diners a culinary journey through Spain, and we’re excited to be involved in the rapidly growing food scene in Atlanta that provides guests an experience, not just dinner.” Our bags are packed!

Gypsy Kitchen
Buckhead Atlanta
3035 Peachtree Road NE


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