As I have not lived in Perth of the last couple of years, it is always a surprise and a pleasure to visit the new establishments which have been popping up around town. One of the places which has received a lot of hype recently is Cantina 663. And rightly so I believe, as the atmosphere is taking on a whole new existence for Perth: its New York meets London Soho, and for some its Melbourne, while retaining the Perthy laid back attitude. Situated on Beaufort St in Mt Lawley, this little restaurant takes over the arcade next door, and sweetens the mood with fairy lights through the pergola roof beams.
The menu is seasonal and ever changing, breathing freshness and innovation to the table.
|Cotechino, Polenta chips, mustard fruits $14.50 (£8.90)|
A few starters to share included crispy squid and cotechino with polenta chips. The crispy squid was slightly over battered, and therefore the flavours did not stand out, while the cotechino and polenta chips were superbly complimented by the mustard fruits and the flavours came to life. I am a fan of polenta chips, and these were no exception.
|Crispy squid, bay salt, salsa verde, pickled carrot $16.50 (£10)|
|Home made pappardelle, prawn, anchovies, flowering broccolini $29.50 (£18.10)|
The bill came to a total of $160 (£99), which included a glass of wine each, three starters (of which one was grilled bread) and a main each (3 people).
Overall I think Cantina is a great addition to the Perth dining scene, mainly for its originality, seasonality and funky feel. Check out their website here.