2.22.2012

Casa B Restaurant, Somerville, Mass.



Casa B, a tiny tapas restaurant, recently opened near us in Union Square in Somerville. A few Friday nights ago, I mentioned to Jeff that they had a dish with beef tenderloin, sautéed onions, and crispy shallots on the menu, and using that as leverage, I convinced him that we should head over that night. 

We walked over, and after we were greeted by the hostess, we were led downstairs, which made me happy because I had heard there's a good view of the kitchen. My sources were right, and we even saw co-owners Alberto and Angelina preparing some dishes throughout the evening. 


Once we settled in at our table, we glanced around the restaurant. I loved how open the small space looked and felt. Displays of wine bottles and greenery provided a tranquil setting. And the tea lights hanging above the tables cast a soft, romantic light.



When I looked down at our table, the first thing I noticed was the teeny tiny silverware. I may have squealed with delight.


We each started with a glass of wine. Jeff isn't much of a wine drinker (yet), but he enjoys a sweeter white wine like Riesling or Pinot Grigio. While neither was on the menu, the bartender came over and helped him select something similar and poured him a couple of wines to try. He ended up going with a Sauvignon Blanc.

I was leaning toward Malbec, a red I often turn to during the winter, but I spotted a Rose de Malbec and was intrigued. It was a darker red than any rose I've had before but not so dark that it looked like a red. (Honestly, it was pretty close in color to cranberry juice.) It had more body than any rose I've had as well and had light berry flavors. I was definitely happy with my choice... and the diminutive carafes and glasses our wine was served in.


Wine decisions made, we looked over the menu. Eventually, we each chose something we really wanted and then two things to share.


Once we placed our order, our waitress brought out some complimentary fried plantains and an asparagus dip.


And within moments, my crispy avocado rolls arrived. These tiny rolls were filled with avocado and tomato and served with a prune and cilantro dipping sauce. I found them heavenly.


Jeff's choice, the sandwich de bistec, a beef tenderloin, onion, and shallot pincho, came out next. As much as I loved the avocado rolls, I think he had the best pick of the night. The meat was tender and perfectly seasoned.


And I had fun watching him cut the sandwiches with the tiny silverware.


We shared a dish of bunuelos. These Colombian cheese fritters were delightfully crisp and paired so well with the roasted red pepper aioli. I was expecting them to have cheese in the middle, but it seemed more like it was dispersed in the batter. They were sort of like savory, cheesy doughnuts.


Last but not least, we split one of the entree specials. While the dish looks small, there was more than enough in there for the both of us after everything else we ate. And what did we try? The Puerto Rican pot roast with yucca gnocchi, chorizo, and sage. Jeff thought the yucca gnocchi was potato gnocchi, and I admit that I let him think that just so he would try them (he liked them). I loved all the sage and little bits of chorizo as well as the gnocchi. While we both loved the flavor of the pot roast, we wished it was a bit more tender.


Once we got the dessert menu, the meringues with passionfruit curd caught my eye, and I convinced Jeff to try the tres leches cake. The cake, which was incredibly moist, came served in a pool of Taza chocolate ganache and topped with a sort of homemade marshmallow creme.


My dessert featured a beautiful presentation of a stack of meringues and passionfruit curd in a pool of raspberry sauce with wisps of Taza chocolate ganache and fresh blackberries. I ate every bite of meringue with a little of the raspberry sauce. The combination of crunchy, sweet meringues with the sort of citrusy, tropical curd and tart sauce was heavenly. I definitely recommend trying this dessert.


We both really enjoyed our impromptu evening out, and I know we'll be headed back to Casa B soon.

Have you been to Casa B yet?


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20 comments:

  1. I have been wanting to check out Casa B. The avocado rolls look amazing, and I love rose of Malbec. It's a great winter rose.

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  2. I've never been to Casa B but I've heard good things. Thanks for sharing your impressions! Everything looks delicious! Always looking for new places to try.

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  3. FunandFearlessinBeantownFebruary 22, 2012 8:54 AM

    Elizabeth has shared so many great things about this place and I really want to check it out!

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  4. Your review went up the same day as Devra First's! I cannot wait to try Casa B.

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  5. thanks for this. my friend and i have been planning to go there sometime soon. this post will speed up the process. lol

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  6. Yayyy! I am so so glad you enjoyed it. I liked the buñuelos way more than I thought I would. I also just tried the meringue dessert last week. SO good. Nice photos too!

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  7. Your meal looks so delicious! I want to head over there soon...sounds like Nick and Jeff could have a wine night with their love of the sweet one. I have gotten Nick to like a good Italian red (the juicy ones;))

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  8. I absolutely loved the desserts at Casa B and will definitely go back! Thanks for recommending the avocado rolls - our whole group really enjoyed those too!

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  9. I have not been yet, but would definitely have to try to avocado rolls, and I'm SURE that Jon would love Jeff's sandwich!

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  10. Awesome - glad to hear a good review! This place is right near my apartment, and I haven't tried it yet. Definitely seems like I should check it out soon

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  11. Casa B looks and sounds fantastic! I think Somerville has some of the best restaurants in the area.

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  12. Emily @ A Cambridge StoryFebruary 22, 2012 9:54 PM

    This is the second good thing I've heard about this place today! So excited to have it in our 'hood (more or less). Glad Jeff liked it too!

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  13. Sounds pretty darn good :) I've never had buenelos but I'm glad to know what they are! Thanks for the review.

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  14. I've been wanting to try this place out. Glad it's good and now I want to go just for that Malbec.

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  15. I've kind of been craving tapas since I went out to a tapas place on a second date last week. I had forgotten how good they are! This place sounds amazing. Every dish - delicious. And that tres leches cake? swoon.

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  16. mmm, avocado rolls! looks like a great meal, i'll have to check that place out :)

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  17. Loved my meal there. Got lots of similar things, but you really missed out not trying the chicken hearts! We were all also obsessed with the tiny silverware haha.

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  18. christinefreshlocalandbestFebruary 24, 2012 2:42 AM

    Everything looks delicious, I would have loved to try those cheese fritters. The dessert also looks fantastic.

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  19. pretty much loving everything about this place from the cute little silverware, to the wine presentation, to the decor and of course the tapas! holy pool of raspberry sauce in that dessert!!

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  20. mmm, avocado rolls! looks like a great meal, i'll have to check that place out :)

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