Review: Hermosa Cantina on Cambridge

Recently, I road tested the new Hermosa Cantina, a Spanish inspired eatery located on Cambridge Street, Wembley. Brought to you by the team behind Tropico in North Beach – George Fowler and Garry Kemp – Hermosa Cantina is the latest addition to Perth’s suburban food scene. Set on Cambridge Street in Wembley, Hermosa boasts a large restaurant space as well as a bar and separate coffee takeaway area where Will & Co coffees are served from 7am Tuesday – Sunday.

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We arrived at 7pm on a Thursday evening and although only having just opened, Hermosa was bustling with patrons all night. Felipe seated us and looked after our table for the evening, explaining the menu and offering some different wines for us to sample. We decided on a Tempranillo, the Castillo Albai Crianza Rioja 2012 – a rich and versatile drop to suit the different dishes we would be sampling.

Chef George Fowler sent out a selection of dishes from the menu which were all just sublime. From the olives with fennel and orange, to the fried Margaret River eggs with herb jus, corn toast and Manjimup truffle, not a single flavour was overlooked. We particularly liked the clams that tasted natural and fresh that were true to their natural texture and paired well with the corn bread served. Equally as good was the pan con mushrooms with goats cheese – rich, textured and full of flavour.

Watermelon compressed, smoked almonds, miso butterscotch

Watermelon compressed, smoked almonds, miso butterscotch

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Warm corn bread, smoked butter, spiced popcorn

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Pan con mushrooms, goats cheese

And then came dessert! We sampled two of the dessert offerings, the first: Josper roasted orange crème Catalan, orange and olive oil biscuit, a delicate yet flavourful twist on this Spanish favourite. However Hermosa’s sweet dish that really takes the cake (pardon the pun) is the “Sangria’’ spiced chocolate custard with rioja jelly, pickled grapes and pan con especias. This dessert was full of delicious spices and has a really interesting mix of textures, including popping candy!

Josper roasted orange crème Catalan, orange & olive oil biscuit

Josper roasted orange crème Catalan, orange & olive oil biscuit

“Sangria’’ spiced chocolate custard, rioja jelly, pickled & slightly dried grapes, pan con especias

“Sangria’’ spiced chocolate custard, rioja jelly, pickled & slightly dried grapes, pan con especias

The vibe at Hermosa Cantina was buzzing, the service exceptional and the food and wine outstanding. Hermosa Cantina is the perfect spot for an intimate date night, dinner with friends or for a lazy weekend brunch. Colourful, on trend decor adorns the restaurant including beautiful feature tiles direct from Spain, colourful fabrics, pared back table settings and a magnificent pressed tin feature at the bar.

Hermosa Cantina is also open for breakfast from 7am Tuesday – Sunday, I’ll definitely be back to try the morning menu!

Hermosa Cantina
353 Cambridge Street, Wembley
Web: http://www.hermosa.net.au
Phone: 08 9387 6448

*Lucy was a guest of Hermosa Cantina

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