Casba 

Casba
201 NW Davis
971-544-0875

The Mediterranean: I long to travel there in order to scope the devilishly hot Greek men. But, being completely broke, I'm well aware that such travelling isn't going to happen anytime soon. Instead, I will take comfort in their fine cuisine.

Casba's menu is half-authentic, with some splendid Mediterranean specialties, and hot, deli sandwiches and cobb and chef salads. The gyro is a perfect mid-day portion, and filled with delicious, thin slices of non-greasy, spiced beef (no lamb), lettuce, tomato, and cucumber sauce on a fluffy warm pita. They have lasagna on the menu which is weird, but really quite fabulous. I only sampled the meat variety, which was restrained on meat and ricotta, and heavy on a full tomato sauce, blend of melted cheeses, and thick, moist noodles.

The spanakopita (spinach pie) was light, and stuffed with crumbled spinach. It had a noticeable feta/onion taste (not erring on the bland side like the hippie stores often do) and--like the generously and expertly vinegared and stuffed grape leaves (dolmathakia)--served warm. All of the previous dishes come served with a generous Greek salad dressed with tangy Italian dressing.

The only dishes that could use improvement are the staples like falafel and hummous. The falafel is pasty all the way through--instead of hard on the outside and soft on the inside--which makes it too dense. The hummous is grainy and rather bland. Both are inoffensive, but not as good as Hoda's restaurant on Belmont.

Casba is also key for the panicked morning drive-by, because they have bagel sandwiches, the Euro highbrow Torrefazzione coffee, and so far they're not super-crowded.

If you're in search of a meal that actually includes some vegetables and won't make you faceplant on your keyboard from an hour of overstuffing, try Casba, it's delish.

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