How was it?
Imagine a small darkly lit restaurant, with friendly staff serving Mediterranean style tapas and you will get Cantina, which is where I dined a couple of weeks ago. It's located on the very busy Oxford St in Darlinghurst amongst many other eateries and non-eateries!
The menu is quite extensive, and although it is mostly Spanish fare, there are influences from Greece, Morocco and Portugal.
Jamon Bread $5.00
Grilled Sourdough rubbed with Tomato & Garlic, Rocket & Jamon
To start off, we ordered the jamon bread. The salty jamon combined with the fresh tomato, garlic and rocket were delicious and light.
Baby Spinach Salad $17.00
Roast Pumpkin, Goats Cheese, Pinenuts & Grilled Red Peppers
I loved the baby spinach salad. The pumpkins were roasted til perfectly soft, yet not too mushy and the pinenuts added a lovely crunch. I kept coming back for more and more of this!
Air Dried Wagyu Beef $20.00
with Soft Poached Egg and Shaved Manchego Cheese
The air dried wagyu beef was an interesting dish. The waitress explains that we need to let the egg crack onto the beef and then wrap the beef strips up with the rocket sitting underneath. I thought that it was too dry (I know it's 'air dried'!), and the beef-y flavour was a little bit too strong. However, DCM (the meat lover) quite enjoyed this dish, so you might too!
We ordered the mussels from the specials board. It came out steaming hot in a huge bowl! I loved the flavours of the tomato, white wine, saffron and coriander. It was sweet and spicy and the mussels themselves were soft and meaty.
I love ordering tapas because you can get more dishes and try a little bit of everything. I thought the flavours in the dishes worked really well together and I'd definitely recommend Cantina if you're looking for some fresh and quality tapas.
Cantina Bar & Grill
245 Oxford St,
Tel: (02) 9357 3033