Cantina 663 is a European Cafe in Mount Lawley, located on Beaufort street near the Astor theatre and the old Planet Video corner. It serves a mix of organic, in season and local produce and the menu changes on a regular basis.
We went for a savoury and sweet option, as well as coffees and some banana bread to share. The coffee arrived quickly and was smooth and tasty, no bitterness just lots of flavour. Though the level of foam was a little low for a latte, the overall coffee experience was overwhelmingly positive.
The banana bread came with maple butter and nice and toasty. There was a crispness to the outside with a moist inside. Combined with the melting maple butter it was divine. They were such thick slices too and very filling.
As I can’t resist Cantina hotcakes I tried the strawberry, hazelnut and ricotta hotcakes. They were beautiful, light and fluffy and soaked in strawberry sauce with poached strawberries, hazelnuts, and a hazelnut puree. The flavours were divine, the sweetness was balanced by the slight bitterness of the hazelnut, and the contrasting textures of the strawberry, hazelnut and hotcakes themselves added another element to the dish.
We also had the lamb belly, pumpkin puree and salad sandwich. The lamb belly, though an unusual choice was cooked to perfection, no fat running through and not chewy or tough. The pumpkin puree was light, and went well with the salad, including baby spinach and basil. The bread was a real winner, char grilled, and a little salty with a beautiful crunch as you bite down.
When you’re next being hipster in Mount Lawley check it out: http://www.cantina663.com