I first learned the story behind Gourmet Gypsy Art from a My Puhunan episode in ABS-CBN. There’s not a lot of cafés in the metro with a rich background such as theirs. In the video interview, Open Hand School for Applied Arts president Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco explained why Gourmet Gypsy Art Café offers ketogenic dishes and talked about her advocacy for helping adults with special needs. I think it’s an incredible passion to have this advocacy, run a program and even enrich people’s interaction and experience with them by opening a food business.
Best of all? All the dishes they served are made from scratch, without preservatives, extenders, and MSG. They care about customers’ health and are advocates of the low-carb lifestyle. This is why extraneous sugars and starches are removed from most recipes so there can be more options for people who are on ketogenic diet, Paleo, LCHF, gluten-free, and vegetarians.
Review of Gourmet Gypsy Art Café (Paligsahan, Quezon City)
Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe features a multi-hued setting where gracious servers leave you feeling pampered. Prepared to be wowed by the eclectic decor at this vibrant space with a bit of a vintage feel. Elegant lights, wooden furniture, and textured backdrops ooze an understated style, from the long table upon entry to the subtly colorful booths at the back. Photo frames against the walls give a unique twist.
Adorned with “gypsy” accents, the dining area looks ideal for families and big groups. It’s a good place for socializing and enjoying casual meals together. Since we were the first customers to arrive even earlier than the peak of dinner time, we felt the almost zen-like atmosphere.
Quality dining that’s quick and approachable, all while surrounded by natural food. This is how I’d describe dining here at Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe. Their menu has a focused selection of carefully curated house specialties.
For starters, we had the Elote Mexicano (PhP 160), which was made up of charred corn croquetas, chipotle mayo, feta cheese, and cilantro. Instead of the usual corn cub, it was served in bite-sized form (like soulful chicken nuggets). Each kernel burst with sweet juice, with a rich, nutty flavor from the toasting and a buttery feel from the cheese.
Want bulalo? You got it. The Roasted Bone Marrow (PhP 240) is a must-try. It’s split beef bone, with preserved lemon and parsley gremolata and ciabatta on the side. It’s amazing how the bones were cut allowing access to the interior. For joy in life, once you slurp on the roasted barrow, soak up all the rest of the fatty goodness and residual browned bits of marrow with a piece of crusty bread. Note: There’s a choice to upgrade to keto bagel (PhP 100) and keto pita (PhP 60).
From their three pizza selections, we followed the server’s recommendation and opted for the Bacon and Mushroom Pizza (PhP 320). It was browned and slightly crisp with mushrooms fully softened and flavorful bacon cooked to perfection. The cheese on pizza was nice and melty. Love it! Note: Add PhP 75 for keto pizza crust (less carbs).
For Korean food and rice fanatics, the Kimchi Rice and Bacon (PhP 380) won’t disappoint. It’s comfort food made with a mix of their homemade slab bacon, kimchi rice, and fried egg. To give it more character, upgrade to brown, red, or black rice (PhP 20) or to cauliflower rice (PhP 100).
Price for Value:
At Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe, every dish looked like a piece of art, with ample portions of serving for two or maybe three. Meticulously prepared, the fusion bites tasted delicious. The distinct, intense flavors of gourmet food and varied options on the menu for people on different diets will leave you satisfied. Prices are reasonable and decent considering value.