By Leslie Brenner
11:50 am on November 18, 2013 | Permalink
Monday nights on the Dallas restaurant scene are typically pretty sleepy, but for culinary thrill seekers, there’s big action tonight: Casa Rubia will debut in Trinity GrovesCasa Rubia, a modern tapas restaurant from Jonn Baudoin and chef Omar Flores, the team from Driftwood, is arguably the most highly anticipated opening in the Trinity Groves complex, and the menu looks very exciting indeed. There are “simple” tapas such as aceitunas (Arbequina olives confit with orange, herbs and garlic) or boquerones (white anchovies with fennel and pickled shallot). Or the one I’m most jazzed to taste: erizos — sea urchin, rustic bread, quail yolk and wow! Ibérico lardo! There are also Spanish cheeses and hams (a full range of Ibérco cuts, plus jamón serrano). And then “complex” tapas, things like trucha — speckled trout with Serrano ham, salsify, Pedro Ximenez sherry and papas arrugadas. Or conejo — rabbit leg with smoked egg puree, bacon, lentils and natural jus. Or setas — maitake mushrooms with quince, duck egg, Idiazabal cheese and “soft herbs.” Are you a paella lover? Each night there’s a paella del dia, served for four or more. See the entire menu below.
As expected, there’s an all-Spanish wine list (what fun!), and on the back of the menu, Baudoin proposes a selection of 10 terrific sherries — the best drink there is for tapas.