Riding in a tuk tuk with some mates in Cambodia (after a couple of drinks), owner Rory Bourke was relaying his recent trip through Morocco, more specifically Casablanca. But when he was telling the story about his travels all he could get out was Casablabla! In 2009 he officially opened Casablabla in the popular West End of Adelaide.
Originally from Ireland, Rory travelled extensively, falling in love with the culture, music and food of Spain, Morocco, Northern Africa and Southeast Asia. Identifying Adelaide as a city with fantastic food, wine and culture, and a relaxed, friendly environment, he settled on it as the perfect location for Casablabla.
The vision for Casablabla was to celebrate world culture through modern cuisine and the undeniable essence of live music and entertainment. After two years of research, Rory and Daniel Maksimovic designed and built the venue. They crafted three bars, a lively music area and a relaxed outdoor courtyard. Co-owner Moses Omamogho has since assisted in the reinvention of the venue as a point of difference in the Adelaide dining scene.
Step inside Casablabla and be transported to a far away land inspired by Morocco, Turkey, Bali and Cambodia. A feast for the senses, hues of reds, oranges and yellows dominate the area, while collected treasures and trinkets from exotic lands adorn the space. Upon entering you may find yourself swaying to the beat of a drum or dancing the night away to rhythms from around the world.
Fusing Adelaide’s multiculturalism with nightlife, Casablabla showcases cultural influences from all over the world. Live music, performers and DJs combine with indulgent tapas and dining menus that boast inspiration from the Mediterranean to far north Africa.
Jeffrey Lovelock and San San Ja (Sunny) head up the Casablabla kitchen. Using their Asian backgrounds and travel experience, they bring alive flavours and dishes from around the world, with a focus on Southeast Asian cuisine with a tapas twist. With a commitment to fresh South Australian produce, Sunny is known for foraging organic produce from her garden, while fresh produce from the Fleurieu is supplied by Rachael from Scoop.
Not quite a restaurant yet not quite a club, Casablabla is a hub for locals and international visitors alike. Tuesday is Paella night and Wednesday is Pachanga (Latin night), where diners can learn to dance salsa with Latino Grooves. On Thursday, guests are treated to gourmet pizzas with a background of global beats and world treats to complement their night. Step into an exotic utopia on weekends and be guaranteed a unique experience.
Local and international wines, beers and ciders, and a broad range of spirits and tasty cocktails are on offer. Whilst enjoying the drinks guests can also sample the Chefs Selection tapas menu.
Casablabla is a unique venue with a desire to bring all cultures together and showcase world music, food and wine. It is a vibrant, colourful and eclectic venue, serving mouthwatering tapas and share plates best described as soul food on a platter.