by Ana Marie “Alu” Aran, FoodFindsAsia.com |
As the world gets seemingly smaller with fast speed transport and even faster internet connections, food has crossed oceans and landed happily on our tables. A perfect example is the menu offering of Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe.
Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe is owned by Chef Waya Araos – Wijangco and hubby Ernie (who bakes a mean sourdough). This is not Chef Waya’s first restaurant. She and her daughter used to manage and operate Kiss the Cook restaurant and Souk along Maginhawa st, UP Village.
Varied with quaint touches describes the menu of Chef Waya. For starters, she highlights: Saffron Arancini – mouthwatering crispy rice balls with chorizo, mozzarella and spices, Elote Mexicano – corn croquetas with goat cheese feta, chipotle mayo and cilantro. Salad menu includes Gravlax Nicoise – cured salmon, baby potatoes, haricots verts, mollet eggs, mesclun and creamy bagna cauda, and Tropical Shrimp – pinipig crusted shrimp, mango, oranges, mesclun and calamansi-cilantro vinaigrette.
Main dishes are more exciting with Vietnamese Beef Stew, Dukkah Crusted Chicken – yogurt garlic sauce, roasted chicken mash and haricort verts and Five-Spice Pork Belly (the best seller!). Gourmet Gypsy Art cafe also offers a range of Flatbreads and Pasta. Their dessert line includes, the Pavlova with passion fruit curd and fresh mango and Homemade Ice Cream (flavors: Lemongrass yogurt, Passion fruit and Blue cheese and fig). To end the meal, have a Clever cup of coffee – a must – try!
The restaurant is spacious, bright and features interesting pieces from all over the world, like Himalayan salt pouches (they were used by locals to transport salt!), heirloom wooden furniture handmade by chef Waya’s father (artist Jerry Araos, sculptor) and a photo wall featuring Ernie’s images of Afganistan where he worked for some time.
Dining at Gourmet Gypsy encourages one to be adventurous. It seems to be the only way to savor and enjoy the fresh and innovative dishes offered at the café.
Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe
25 Don A. Roces Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
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Ana Marie “Alu” Aran
Alu is a partner at Courage Asia (business consultancy firm & foodservice event organizers), an adjunct faculty at Enderun Colleges and a food and lifestyle writer. She also a Contributing Editor for www.foodfindsasia.com, Managing Editor for www.dineph.com and a resource person & speaker on marketing, event management and parenting.