Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cafe ba-ba-reeba!

Well, here you have it. Cafe ba-ba-reeba; the Lincoln Park Spanish tapas college staple which has transcended the depaul hood, and is still a great time post-college. This place has been around for over 25 years, in fact they just celebrated their anniversary in Jan. This past weekend I got to return and try out some classics as well as some new dishes. This place never disappoints and is always a great time for groups and out-of-towners. This particular evening was just as fun and started with a pitcher of their house red sangria. They also have other options like white and different flavors.

We started with the  lamb empanada special with a side of yogurt taziki. Then the seared scallops, with raisins, couscous & pine nuts. Followed by the staple potatoes with spicy tomato alioli. The meatballs with a tomato sauce, a plate of a combination of sausages, the escargot on garlic bread with a sherry aioili, fried calamari, and a beef skewer with horseradish cream and caramelized onions. And finally the dessert was a mango sorbet and a coconut flan.  

Heaven! Everything was delish, some more than others. The beef horseradish sauce with onions was soooo good I used my potatoes to get the remainder of the sauce. The lamb empanada was so tasty too and of course the potatoes are always great. The escargot was the only dish that needed some tweaking. The sauce was way too thick and you lost the flavor of the escargot itself. Other than that- so good. 
I would most definitely recommend going and make sure you get the cocunut flan. It was THE BEST flan I've ever had. Tasted more like creme brule with coconut flavors than a simple boring flan. So good!! 

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1 comment:

  1. Great pictures! You have me excited to taste the seared scallops and the coconut flan. Saboroso!