Casa Rubia Shines With Authentic Spanish Cuisine

12.08.2013 by: Shelly Markey
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Jonn Baudin and Chef Omar Flores of Driftwood fame (now closed) have joined together again to bring authentic Spanish fare to Dallas by way of the new eatery, Casa Rubia. Because Driftwood consistently pleases and surprises us with their innovative, fresh fare we knew we would be in for a treat at this new venture located at the Trinity Groves District.

As we have mentioned in past posts on a few of the eateries at this exciting culinary destination (Kitchen LTO, LUCK) we delight in the expansive front patios and the multitude of trees with the twinkling lights that welcome diners. The ambiance at Casa Rubia fits right in with chic industrial decor, a wrap around bar, open kitchen and a mixture of communal and standard tables and cozy booths. The serene feel of the space and the dim lighting sets the mood for a great meal.

Corn Fritters with Chorizo and Manchego with a Leek Aioli

Charcuterie with Lomo Iberico de Bellota, Manchego and San Simeon Cheeses

We began our meal with the special appetizer-Corn Fritters filled with Chorizo and Manchego Cheese topped with a Leek Aioli. Anything that has "fritter" in the name is always a draw and was worth the calories! If you like Charcuterie you will love the offerings here. Choose from seven different cheeses and six meats including Chorizo and Jamon. In addition to Jamon Serrano you will find Jamon Iberico, which comes from black Iberian pigs. The Jamon Iberico at Casa Rubia are de bellota, which means the pigs were fed an acorn diet-producing the most desirable Jamon. The Charcuterie comes on beautiful boards handcrafted from fallen trees in east Texas. Be sure to ask the friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you pair a glass of white or red from their Spanish beer and wine list to compliment your selections.

Cordorniz: Texas Quail, Merguez, Kale, Smoked Onion Jus {Casa Rubia Facebook Photo}

Cordero: Lamb Belly, Parsnip Espuma, Pomegranate {Casa Rubia Facebook Photo}

Paella Del Dia {Casa Rubia Facebook Photo}

In addition to the Charcuterie and appetizers, there's the main section of the menu which offers small plates to share or keep for yourself. There are several different classic and exotic proteins represented from Mussels, to Rabbit to Octopus. Our favorite was the Texas Quail with stuffed with Kale and Merguez Sausage and a flavoful Smoked Onion Broth. If you are looking for vegetarian options you'll find a Mushroom dish and a refreshingly crisp salad with Apples, Cheese and a Smoked Pear Butter. If there are four or more in your party you should definitely try the Paella of the day!

Leche y Miel: Honey Ice Cream, Torrijas, Brittle, Milk Chicarron

There are a few delicious ways to end your meal here. We chose the Leche y Miel which tasted like little pieces of yummy French Toast with brittle and creamy Honey Ice Cream. At this writing the other desserts offered are Roasted Pineapple Sorbet and Chocolate Cremoso.

We are still discussing our dining experience almost one week after our visit and planning on returning soon! Casa Rubia is a great choice for date night, group dining or taking your out of town guests when you cross the iconic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Casa Rubia {Official Website}

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