Cantina 663, Mount Lawley


This was a long awaited dinner for me and my ‘brother from another mother’, DT. We haven’t caught up with each other in ages and I really looked forward to this meal. I gave him a choice between Clarences and Cantina 663 and he chose the latter only because of its 1% higher rating on urbanspoon! Cheeky but smart way to decide!

For once in a long long time, I was picked up, and we started our catch up session in the car with the usual rubbish talk. Wasn’t long before we found ourselves a nice spot right in front of the restaurant to park the car. Score!

We walked in and informed the waitress of our booking, and she kindly showed us to our table, which was the second last table from the corner, where the kitchen was. First impressions:

  • Cosy
  • Modern
  • Funky
  • Happy


I thought we were off to a great start. We took a while to deliberate on the menu, and whilst doing so, we were asked if we would like any drinks. Of course I did. I asked the waitress to recommend me a nice white, and she did, one of the pinot grigio’s that she personally liked. So I ordered that, was given a bit of a taste, and found it really lovely. So I was sorted.

DT and I decided that we would share our dishes that evening for variety. So we ordered:

  • Watermelon salad
  • Slow-cooked veal
  • Pan-fried Gnocchi (recommended by quite a few people)

Wouldn’t be long before we found the restaurant really filling up, and our dishes served. The table was unfortunately a tad small, so it was quite a bit of a squeeze for the plates. Oops. Maybe we did order too much!

The watermelon salad was refreshing as expected, and with the cheese giving it a nice savoury dimension, as well as the onion to give it a little bite, this was quite a lovely dish. Simple, but nice. Though at the end of the day, it would be something one would be able to do at home as well, isn’t it? The idea has been noted!


The slow-cooked veal was the dish I least enjoyed this evening, although it was tasty. The grapes that came with the dish gave it a nice sweetness to it, but that is about it. I don’t think I’d order that again.

The gnocchi was probably the highlight dish of the evening (as I expected from the many great stories I have been hearing about it). It was nicely pan-fried, and somewhat crunchy to the bite. And it had such a lovely flavour too.

Service this evening was brilliant. We were never left stretching our necks like giraffes whenever we needed someone to assist us, and we weren’t overly bothered and were left to do our thang.

What I do love about this place is how it does provide for seasonal changes, and so the menu is ever changing, leaving you to always want to come back to try new dishes. The main ingredients are constant, but the seasonal items are added/infused wherever the chef sees fit (from what I can understand), so one thing’s for sure – Miss Egg will definitely be coming back at some point!

Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars

Rating by: S.T. a.k.a. Miss Egg

Cantina 663
Telephone: (08) 9370 4883
Address: 663 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley

Cantina 663 on Urbanspoon

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