Taking the opportunity of having the car for the day and a sizeable slice of time before running errands, I headed down to Cantina 663 for a spot of breakfast and some much needed pulse-racing inducing coffee. I’ve been to Cantina once before for coffee. The superbly made caffeine concotions and menu suitably piqued my interest to warrant a more leisurely visit. It seems that I’m a little late to the party as other bloggers have written about their experiences there.
Arriving a little after 8.30am, the cafe was quite empty with only two other occupied tables. Although that changed rather rapidly as more people walked through the door in their ones and twos with the morning paper tucked under their arms, a book in hand or toting a laptop. Some, like myself, opting to sit indoors in the warmth but most braving the sunny but brisk outside covered area.
Not being a morning person in the slightest, I usually need a strong, punchy coffee to kick start the old grey matter. The long macchiato was exactly that. Rich, heady and aromatic with deep and bold flavours sweetened ever so slighty with a dash of milk, it certainly hit the spot. It was so good in fact, I ordered a second with a ristretto chaser to really put a spring in one’s step.
But what definitely got my day on song was the house smoked salmon with hazelnut and herb. I mean, just look at it. Still molten, gooey, golden orbs ensconced within springy perfectly cooked whites. The bland eggs toning down the saltiness of the salmon, of which there was a generous portion, a couple of notches. What I really liked was the fresh, clean crisp dill and chive combination. The herbs providing a wonderfully aromatic dimension to the strong salmon flavours. To round off this dance of the senses, the hazelnuts provided a crunchy textural element offsetting the smooth silkiness of the fish and eggs.
The one thing that I thought was a little overpowering was the vinaigrette. While the sour element works fairly well as a contrast to the saltiness of the fish and blandness of the eggs, it was just a touch too sour. Especially for that time of the morning. The acidic, astringency sometimes threatening to overtake everything else.
Still, it was a lovely leisurely breakfast on a bright, sunny morning. While others have written about the patchy service, there is no complaint from this diner. Was given a table immediately, drinks were served quickly and the guys were generally very friendly. I’ll attribute it to the hour of the day and the pleasant weather for the fortuitous experience.
663 Beaufort Street Mt Lawley
Phone: (08) 9370 4883