Fried local Cuttlefish
Empanada with Chickpea filling
I have to confess I'm usually pretty lazy when I cook for myself at home. One of my favourite after-work meals to make is to throw a bunch of Beef mince in a pan, add some variety of Legume, some dry spice, and eat. One of my favourite flavours to add is Cumin, and one of my favourite Legumes to eat is Chickpeas. So when I saw these Empanadas on the menu I had to have one. The flavour of the sauce inside reminded me of a Curry Puff except a little more delicate. The pastry was crispy and a little crunchy and gave a buttery sweet flavour to the Empanada.
Chorizo with House Pickles
An excellent rendition of a classic flavour combination: crispy cooked Chorizo with slightly charred edges for that extra smokey taste, a good hit of Paprika and spice, and small amount of heat from the pepper. The pickled vegetables were nothing to write home about, but they were necessary to stop the Chorizo from becoming overwhelming.
As we walked into the restaurant I saw a half-empty plate that two ladies were picking at. It had nothing but vegetables on it, it looked bereft of flavour, sad, and lifeless. I remarked to C, "let's make sure we don't get that". Turns out, it was the Duck Salad, and boy was I wrong to judge a book by its half-eaten cover. At first I was a little disappointed to discover we'd accidentally ordered the dish I'd promised myself I wouldn't get, and there didn't appear to be much Duck hiding under all that rabbit food. But the Duck was quite strongly flavoured and you really didn't need much of it at all. Each bite had an intense burst of Umami flavour which really did pair immensely well with the sweet Pear purée underneath and the crunchy pieces of radish, apple and Capers. This was definitely my favourite dish of the lunch.
Cantina 663 will continue to have a special place in my heart because of their commitment to seasonal food and an ever-changing menu, and their dedication to delicious food.