CANTINA’S declaration that it’s a friendly noshery where staff are “always ready to greet you with a smile” is not fake news.
When the Voice dropped in recently we were greeted with 40-watt smiles and the service was friendly and uber-efficient.
Situated in the shopping arcade next to the Astor Theatre, Cantina 663 was one of the first funky venues on the Beaufort Street Strip, and it’s celebrating its 10th birthday this year.
A lot of eateries start in a blaze of glory and as time passes their standards slip.
But Cantina continues to create new dishes like free range pickled pork hock terrine ($17), and twists on old favourites including buckwheat and quinoa granola with raspberry yoghurt and caramelised white chocolate ($16).
Crab linguine is one of my all-time favourite seafood dishes, but Cantina’s Sharkbay crab cakes ($18) were right up there.
Crisp on the outside and moist on the inside, they were fantastic and went perfectly with the rocket and buckwheat salad.
The accompanying herb and citrus mayonnaise was pure manna as the sundry flavours combined in perfect harmony.
Gazing at my empty plate wistfully, I ordered a tiramisu ($12).
The moist cake had a surprisingly firm texture and was laced with rich coffee and cream. Pure heaven and worth the price.
Tira is D’Angerous Dave’s favourite, but I didn’t take one home for him, so I hope he doesn’t read this review, because it was probably one of the best I’ve had!
by JENNY D’ANGER
663 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley
open Mon–Sun 7.30am–3pm,
Sat until late