Cantina 663 is a well known cafe along the cafe-haven strip on Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley. I’d always wondered about the meaning behind Cantina 663. Looking at the word definition, cantina actually means a bar or a wine shop – not quite so for this cafe but upon entering the premise, you do notice a huge rack of wine and liquor at the counter so I guess it does semi-fit the definition. 663 on the other hand is the shop number along Beaufort Street! Charming isn’t it!
I’d been here for dinner a couple of years ago after my friend read a rave review on them in the newspaper and thought it was great. This time round, we came and tried their breakfast menu. The first thing I noticed as I enter is the magnitude of people already occupying the tables and it was only 9am. I mean wow, this place must be very popular with their breakkie!
The cafe has both an inside dine-in area and a big alfresco area equipped with giant wall fans for the hot summer days/nights. Our group opted to sit inside in the inner most corner. It was a very cosy corner. The whole cafe has a great vibe about it.
- Juices – Apple and Orange
- Coffees – Latte, Long Macchiato and Iced Coffee
There were only 5 of us that morning but there were 7 drinks. Why is that? Well, one of the guys ordered 3 drinks at one go (1xlatte, 1xlong mac & 1xapple juice). What the?! Yes, I know, even the waitress was surprised that all the drinks was for him. Although I’d imagined that they would be quite happy – he would be classified a great and generous customer in the sales sense. *ker-chink*
Comments regarding the juices were great – freshly squeezed, none of those sickly sweet types that you get in a bottle. I had a sipped of the Apple Juice and loved it, it was very refreshing. There were a few second orders later in the morning from our table but was informed that they were sold out. Why can’t they buy more apple I wonder? Comments regarding the coffees from the guys were good – they served coffee from Fiori beans. I had the Iced Coffee and was only so so about it – I still like the 5 senses iced coffee I had at Sayers!
- 2 x Mamma’s Breakfast, bacon, scrambled egg, chipolata, tomato, mushroom, hash brown ($20.50)
- House Smoked Salmon, poached eggs, hazelnut, herbs ($20.50)
- Cantina’s Home Made Bacon Sandwich, fried eggs, avocado, tomato, rocket ($15.90)
- Free Range Eggs Scrambled, herbs, buttered toast ($12.90)
My order was the House Smoked Salmon as I wanted to try something different for a change, rather than the usual eggs with toast or vegetarian breakfast that I normally get. That’s different I thought as I read the menu. Well, you know how sometimes you get tremendous reward for trying out different things and sometimes it backfires on you? Well, unfortunately on this occasion, it was the latter rather than the former. The first and second bites were awesome, the greens and the funky looking herbs enticed me, however the third and subsequent bites proved harder to swallow as the taste of the smoked salmon became overpowering and quite salty. The poached egg wasn’t exactly as runny as I wanted it to be either. I’m guessing my friend must have seen a dismayed look on my face and offered me a piece of her buttered toast. Yay! That’s what best friends are for..well and other things of course..but buttered toast was great that morning. Thanks, it was exactly what I needed to complement the dish.
Being too engrossed in my own dish, I didn’t sample any others but received great feedback for the Scrambled Eggs with Toast and the Bacon Sandwich.
Service was great, friendly waitstaff and drinks and meals came promptly. Would definitely recommend a meal there – breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.
Telephone: 08 9370 4883
Address: 663 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley