A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
Published July 15th 2016
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Cantina is almost next to the Astor Theatre and took over this large coffee lounge/cafe, some years ago. It has inside seating, if you are lucky to get a spot in winter, and also quite a lot of undercover outside tables which flow partly into the small arcade situated behind the cafe.
Open for breakfast and lunch, Monday to Sunday, they are also open for dinner Monday to Saturday which a lot of the cafes around are not. Lunch bookings are welcome which is also an added bonus if you want to reserve that warm seating inside, and they are a free BYO Monday and Tuesday night only. They have an ALL DAY MENU which means you can eat any breakfast dishes all day and with such things as semolina and vanilla porridge, with mascarpone, strawberry and candied walnut ($13), it was hard to resist one of their breakfast dishes at lunchtime.
They also run cooking classes "gnoch your socks off" where you can learn to make fresh, handmade gnocchi Cantina style - what a wonderful idea! At $28 I would have loved to have tried their pan fried gnocchi with buffalo mozzarella, vine ripened tomato and basil, however I think it would be too heavy a meal for me to eat on my own.
Cooking classes for gnocchi
My companion is gluten intolerant so we could not have shared. Oh, and yes, they do have a few gluten intolerant meals such as their duck liver parfait, sweet potato hummus and free range eggs on gluten free toast.
I opted for the triple bacon bagel (being a vegetarian who eats bacon!) and it was delightful. With heaps of thick house slab bacon, with jam, fried soft egg, avocado and crispy potatoes with a difference, this was quite a large meal and one well worth trying though a tad expensive at $21.
Lashings of thick, crispy bacon
My partner, not having as much choice as I did, took the Heirloom beetroot salad with candied walnut, goats cheese, radish, seeds and grains and at $18 this was an unusual salad. This presented beautifully on a large plate, and from the little I tasted, had an interesting and refreshing, slightly tangy, taste.
Large, tasty Heirloom beetroot salad
I would term Cantina as expensive for lunch in Perth, however their menu has several unusual things on it with gluten free side dishes. The food tends to be Spanish and/or European.
Although their menu is not large, everything I have tried from here both on this occasion, and on previous visits, has been excellent in taste and presentation.
A handy place to go for dinner before going to the Astor theatre or great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.