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Cantina 817

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
Lover of all things interesting and new
Published May 27th 2014
Coffee, food, tapas and roof top dining
A friend of mine was complaining that there were no interesting coffee shops in Chermside, when their prayers were answered by the opening of Cantina 817 on Gympie Road just a short walk down Gympie Road from the Westfield shopping centre.

With a name that uses the word Cantina you would have visions of either lots of bad Tex Mex cuisine or something closer to a Mexican saloon as featured in many bad western movies. Instead it is a lovely little cafe/restaurant/takeaway with a varied menu that includes both predictable cafe staples and innovative dishes.

The downstairs section looks a little dark with lots of reds and blacks, however the upstairs roof top section is festooned with pot plants and the walls are covered in bright murals. A relaxing location even situated right next to busy Gympie Road.

The roof top at Cantina 817
The roof top at Cantina 817

Some things to try

The Cantina Noodle Burger where they make the burger buns out of noodles is better than those Japanese rice burgers but I am not sure whether this type of burger will become popular. Give it a try and make your own mind.

Planks are tapas style selections designed for sharing. Specials include planks with three or five items - great to order with drinks. The tapas selections will make me return and bring more of my friends.

Tapas special on a plank at Cantina 817
Tapas special on a plank at Cantina 817
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Why? Tapas on a plank and roof top dining
When: 6 am to 6 pm
Phone: 0423 217 170
Where: 817 Gympie Road, Chermside
Cost: Takeaway from $5, lunch and dinner from $9, tapas from $6
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Sounds great! Will try & get back to you....
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