My husband and I went out for dinner to one of our favorite spots in Lincoln Park – Café Baba Reeba. This restaurant is known as an elegant tapas restaurant with excellent food and reasonable prices. As we entered the restaurant, we walked down the initial entry hallway and entered the main restaurant. We immediately noticed the host stand directly in front of the main entrance, the patio area to our immediate left and the large bar area to the right. There was a great charred smell in the air and a noticeable buzz of excitement flowing throughout the entire restaurant. All in all, a great first impression that made us very excited to begin our experience.
The host explained that there would be a short (10-15) minute wait for the patio. We took at seat at the bar and enjoyed some sangria. So refreshing!
After we were seated we started with the Sweet Potatoes – A generous portion of sliced sweet potato pieces situated next to a small scoop of pomegranate aioli. Great flavor/spice overall! Perfect balance of sweet and salty with an excellent textural contrast between the crunch of the sautéed potato skin and the warm smooth potato center. The tart pomegranate aioli was a great compliment and added a great unique taste to the dish. Great way to start the meal! Next we tried the Braised Short Rib. This dish has a medium-sized tender piece of short rib meat served alongside mashed potatoes and sitting in a pool of rioja wine sauce.Extremely tender overall – the short rib was cooked perfectly! The mashed potatoes soaked up all of the remaining wine sauce and were a great compliment to the richness of the short rib. Excellent dish overall! Our next tapa was the Bacon Wrapped Dates. Wow! You get six bacon-wrapped dates topped with fresh green apple pieces served in a small white bowl. The dates were very smooth and tender without being gummy and/or chewy. The salty bacon paired perfectly with the sweetness of the date and also gave the dish a desired textural crunch. We would 100% order this again.
We finished our meal with some coffee and their Butterscotch dessert which is a small shot glass filled with creamy butterscotch filling and topped with a small dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of coco powder. So good! Extremely rich butterscotch flavor. Excellent dessert option with an excellent rich flavor overall.
Anyone looking to have a fun and relaxing dining experience would love Café Baba Reeba. The pricing is especially reasonable for the quality of food and the location of the restaurant. We can’t wait to go back!