Casa B is the traditional Spanish tasca that’s been heating things up in Somerville’s Union Square. Husband Alberto Cabré is a wizard of the kitchen, turning out cheeky Latin fusion food, and wife Angelina Jockovich provides the front-of-the-house warmth and panache.
The two-floor space is an architect’s dream—which makes sense, because that’s exactly what the husband-and-wife duo were in their pre-Casa B lives.
Their idea for the space was to design it like their own home, giving you the feeling that your cool, interesting neighbors have invited you over for some friendly caipirinhas and tales of their trip to Majorca.
Casa B’s fresh, natural flavors reflect the couples’ shared Spanish, Columbian and Puerto Rican heritage, along with the French and Italian influences Alberto picked up in during his culinary training. The menu is comprised of tablas (a wooden board dotted with snacks), pinchos (open-faced finger sandwiches), cenas (a la carte or prix fixe dinners that rotate monthly) and, of course, tapas both hot and cold, veggie and non-veggie.
For us, it was the sandwich de bistec ($9) with tender steak, sweetly sautéed onions, and crispy shallots piled atop griddled bread was a monster hit. The yucca-stuffed shrimp wrapped in perfectly cooked bacon with a cilantro-ginger dipping sauce ($12) offered up an intricate, almost Asian flavor profile. The albóndigas ($9) meatballs were swaddled in a sweet, tangy guava sauce that would have been drunk from the bowl if it hadn’t been fresh from the oven, and the buñuelos (Colombian cheese fritters with a consistency similar to beignets, $7) were served with roasted red pepper aioli for added depth.
Don’t forget about dessert, with well-thought-out sweets ($9-10) like hand-layered meringues with passion fruit curd and chocolate ganache, traditional flan or tres leches cake, and a warm guava cake melting into Taza bittersweet chocolate ganache with a refreshing coconut shake on the side.
Casa B gives you sexy, sensual food and drink with an easygoing vibe that lets you know that you might get sauce on your fingers, but you won’t be bothered to care.
The intimate style brings to mind the perfect place for the best kind of first date (the kind where you actually really dig the person in advance). The cocktail list features some of the usual suspects—mojitos, daiquiris, and a host of martinis—along with some more unique options like the kalimotxo ($7), a blend of cola and red wine. Our forays included the Café con Naranja ($10), a full-bodied mix of aged cachaça, house-made coffee liqueur, and Italian herbal and orange bitters; as well as the Periodista—rum, apricot, orange liqueurs and fresh lime, offering up a frothy, Old Fashioned kind of quality.
Photos by Chris Sanchez.
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