New Lost Tapas Cafe & Bar proves a popular eating and drinking destination in Barkly Street

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By: Food Dude & Miss Nibbles

Lost Tapas is fast becoming the place ‘to be’ in St Kilda these days. Increasing numbers are flocking to Lost to experience the great food, and to be introduced to a new, refreshing approach to Tapas contemporary cuisine paired with a very adventurous selection of cocktails! We can see that Lost is going to be the place in St Kilda to catch up with friends, have a romantic dinner date or the kick-off point for a big night in St Kida town.

As always we were warmly welcomed by that amiable Irish bar manager Dave Phelan, tempting us with his extraordinary Classic Cocktails! He kept them coming all night, even in the upstairs cocktail bar, quietly sipping whilst taking in that memorable view of busy Acland Street from the balcony! Lost, was buzzing with after work  suits and tradies, hipsters, locals, couples and the twenty-something, all either holding up at the bar, perched on the comfortable ottomans, or seated at tables for dinner.

Of course there was an extensive local and imported beer, spirits, and liqueur selection and a well chosen wine list, but it would have been a crime to come here and not try at least one cocktail. There were many weird and wonderful concoction’s, each available with that optional paired tapas dish. The Vanhjito, like its predecessor of inspiration the Mojito, was tall and refreshing. Made with infused vodka, fresh vanilla pods, preserved lemon, homemade syrups, crushed ice and garnished with saffron. It was a zesty delight, and the saffron-dusted ice is gorgeous. It almost looks like salmon roe.

Diehard James Bond fans should opt for the London-based Vesper with fresh Sage. This classic drink is made with wetted ice, Lillet Vermouth, premium vodka, stirred not shaken with Sage. Vesper was Ian Fleming’s drink of choice for Bond, unlike the famed martini ‘shaken not stirred’ which was a Hollywood addition.

Sweet tooth’s should opt for the Rose and Lychee Martini; a mouth-watering concoction of muddled rose petals, lychees, with shaken infused spirits, Persian rose water, orange blossom water, almond syrup and sparkling wine. When paired with the chilli chocolate mousse it is a dessert sensation!

We sunk our teeth into their famous international Tapas Menu which is laden with choices to line the stomachs of those who care to indulge in a cocktail or four. Separated into ‘Carne’ (meat), ‘Veduras’ (greens) and ‘Pescado’ (seafood), the menu features dishes that are truly international with Middle Eastern, Spanish, South Asian and European influence.

We opted for one dish from each section. Firstly from the meats: The Chorizo Sausage – a hot pot of baked chorizo with chilli, oil and a fried potato side was a fiery dish. The sausage was thick and cooked perfectly, the chilli was hot, but not burning or overpowering. Then from ‘Pescado’: Ensalada Basilico is a great accompaniment to the chorizo, calming the palate with sliced tomato, dressed with basil, truffle oil and Parmesan. The truffle oil is muted, leaving the mouth free from any oily residue or coating.

For the pescetarians there are: the Grilled Swordfish Bites – presented on a smear of lime and chilli dip, the bites are tender and full of moisture. A little seasoning would really make these bites pop. Priced between $6 and $14.50 a plate, it’s worth getting a few dishes to really sample the range of flavours.

Chef Abram Glouzman (Abe), born in Argentina, with the last 14 years of cooking and restaurant operations in Israel, then Taronga City in New Zealand, brings an extensive background in international cuisines to Lost.

Those who don’t like to share, he also caters for, with an impressive selection of main plates, typically developed from the tapas menu. Abe has created an elegant and exciting menu beyond this Tapas influence, and if you enjoy fine casual dining, Lost begs you to explore with an impressive choice of international dishes: Seafood Paella (medium or large serves), Stuffed Roman Squid with anchovy and spinach, Lime Sea Salted Marinated Fillet Beef Steak, Baked Fish of the Day, Fresh Scallops with garlic and cream, and Serrano Wrapped Chicken Breast, or an invigorating Waldorf Salad, to mention a few exceptional dishes. All priced very reasonably from $19 to $28.

Then Abe excels with his  desserts: Poached Spiced Pear with cream, Crema Catalana Brulee with forrest fruit compote, baked Glazed Strawberries, and completing your gourmet experience with a Cheese Board offering a wonderful selection of aged cheeses, all these around $8 per person.

Lost is most likely to be a mainstay of dining and good company in St Kilda for quite some time, if what we experienced is anything to go by!

Lost Tapas Bar fills that casual fine dining niche very satisfactorily, thank you!

 

Lost Tapas Bar & Cafe

211 Barkly St, St Kilda

Open 7 days;

Monday – Friday: 3pm to 1am

Saturday: 12pm to 1am

Sunday: 12pm to 11:30pm

For reservations call: (03) 95939463

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