The name Casa B is a combination of the Spanish word for home while B stands for Chef Alberto's maternal grandfather's last name, Bobonis. Ernesto Bobonis sought to bring family and friends together through his cooking and delicious food. The warmth of his hospitality and the irresistibility of his cooking were the major inspirations for Cabre.
When you walk into the restaurant, you encounter a tasteful, intimate and romantic dining atmosphere with comfortable cushioned seats overlooking the kitchen and a live twelve-foot green wall with cascading tropical plants. The restaurant was personally designed and decorated by the owners, whose background is actually in architecture. "We are not only unique in our decor known for its 'amazing vibe' but just as unique in our dishes and the manner in which they are presented," says Cabre. The restaurant was designed with Caribbean architecture in mind. The exceptional food is paired with a variety of cocktails complementary of the ambiance and culture.
Casa B's tapas menu is based on a reinterpretation of traditional dishes from the Spanish Caribbean cuisine, infused with flavors, colors and textures of the owners' travels, memories and traditions. Their dishes are intended to be shared among family and friends, in the spirit of original tapas. Meant to be eaten without utensils in most cases, the different entrees are bursting with flavor and rich with spices and exotic ingredients.
The Sandwich de Pollo, a favorite among guests, is made with grilled chicken thigh, creamy goat cheese, green olive tapenade and roasted peppers. The Chorizo al Jerez and the Ensalada de Bacalao (salted code salad and guacamole) are more traditional tapas dishes, but there are also more characteristically Caribbean ones like the Gnocchi de Yuca with porcini sauce, the Sesame Seared Sushi-grade tuna served over sweet plantain and wasabi aioli, and the White Polenta corn toast with Serrano ham and guava sauce. For dessert, Casa B does not disappoint. Cabre highlights the sinfully delectable Budin de Almendras (warm almond bread pudding with Taza chocolate ganache and poached pears), the signature Tres Leches, and the Layered Meringue Cookies with fresh strawberries, banana, and whipped cream.
Union Square is the perfect setting for this established restaurant- a trendy, lively neighborhood known as the "hipster epicenter" of Somerville. The square provides a wide range of culinary choices, with new and exciting restaurants and cafes opening up frequently. But Casa B has distinguished itself already with its twist on traditional tapas by incorporating the Caribbean element.
Restaurants, cafes, breweries, gourmet donuts, rock climbing, and yoga- one cannot run out of things to do in Union Square. There is also a superb farmer's market during the summer months and a plethora of events in the plaza such as the Fluff Festival and Fire and Ice Festival, to name a few.