Casablabla located in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD is tucked down a side street off the city’s busiest night spot.
Walking into Casablabla you’re not sure if you’re entering a nightclub, restaurant, music venue or dance classroom. On any given night there is so much happening it’s a sensory overload! Casa is Spanish for ‘home’ and bla bla is English for ‘bla bla bla,’ so the clever name makes it easy to remember, but it’s also a must visit for anyone after a lively and delicious meal.
Rory Bourke and Danjiel Maksimovic are behind the lounge bar which opened its doors in 2009. Casablabla features a main dining room with two well stocked serving bars, a tidy and warm outdoor courtyard plus and a live music area.
Casablabla are known for having some of Adelaide’s best tapas. Head chef Julie Taddeo with her Australian and Italian heritage describes her menu as “authentically my style”.
The tapas menu features all the expected items like marinated olives, dips, pita bread and cheese platters, which then leads you into tasty sharing plates of duck steamed buns, baby back pork ribs and grilled lamb cutlets with prune and almond glaze to name just a few.
Casablabla are also known for delicious gourmet pizzas which are only available on certain days.
What really sets Casablabla apart is the entertainment, which varies on any given night. Belly dancers wielding swords, fans and veils entertain the diners on a Friday and Saturday night with Brazilian drummers who bring the sound of Rio to Adelaide. Live music and DJs are also thrown in throughout the week and it really makes for an experience rarely seen in Australia.
As well as being known for the food and entertainment, people also come just for the drinks. A comprehensive cocktail list adorns the bar with some local favourites such as a ‘Chocolate Mojito’ which is a refreshing twist on the traditional Mojito, made with a crisp chocolate spirit, then complimented by mint, lime and soda.
Casablabla has also opened its doors for lunchtime trade thanks to Leigh Street’s new found trendiness. Lunch is not a new thing at Casablabla, according to owner Rory Bourke, “we stopped doing lunch in 2010, but the area has changed, so we’re trying again”
Known as Café BlaBla during the day the same ingredients used with the night menu are switched up to suit a lighter lunchtime palette.
Head in on a Wednesday night and you can even learn how to salsa! How many places feed you mouth-watering tapas and then teach you salsa? What a claim to fame!
12 Leigh St, Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8231 3939