Intimate. Warm. Stylish. It’s rare to find a combination of the three for a date night spot, but Casa B turned out to be a happy exception. For starters, this Somerville tapas restaurant has ample parking space which is free after 20:00 and on Sundays. The cheerful hostess was quick to take our jackets and usher us to a cozy table. It was a weekend but only a few tables were occupied by the time we stepped in. Dim lights, lively music and cocktails inspired by Spain and Peru made way for a heady welcome. I tried a pisco sour at the recommendation of our host and was impressed. The house-made plantain chips complemented that well, too.
Visiting a tapas restaurant as a vegetarian is not a huge cause for concern. While the options on Casa B’s menu for meat-lovers hugely outnumber the vegetarian ones, the meal preparation deserves all due credit. We ordered most of their vegetarian small bites and found the Columbian farmer’s cheese fritters, creamy gnocchi, and the sweet plantain omelette to be delicious. What helped most was a glossary at the end of the restaurant menu explaining how traditional dishes are made and what their core ingredients are.
As our meal neared completion, I noticed groups of people on tables close to ours. It’s amazing how in a short span of time, a restaurant can increase its appeal for you. I left imagining how much fun it would be to return with a group of friends!