Narrabundah is overflowing with good restaurants – XO, D’Browes and…La Cantina.
On a Friday night La Cantina’s busy with couples and groups.
The pastas are popular – the review favourites are the Duck Ravioli and Gnocchi.
It’s easy to see why La Cantina attracts so many fans. The setting is stylish but cozy, lighting is relaxed and warm and the hosts are welcoming.
But I think the real standout is the food – it really is very good.
The Nanatta fritti $14 Crispy, baby white bait with lemon & aioli don’t look amazing, but they are.
The Beetroot Carpaccio $16 with gorgonzola, green beans candied walnuts & red wine vinaigrette is good too.
The Whole Spatchcock flattened, partially de-boned & roasted, served with roast potatoes & spicy lemon vinaigrette $35 has excellent flavours….
…and is probably only just ahead of the Grain-fed Hunter Valley eye fillet, Paris mash, baby carrots & porcini jus $36.
The desserts are wonderful…
Panna Cotta $5 Vanilla & orange infused panna cotta, red wine poached pear & crispy house made honeycomb
And a delcious flourless chocolate torte with vanilla bean gelato and orange and hazelnut soil $15
But the Cheesecake al Limone $15 Classic lemon cheesecake, with raspberry coulis & raspberry sorbet also looked like a good choice.
And there was also a Rosemary & Sea Salt Focaccia with aged balsamic & extra virgin olive oil $12 at another table that looked like a great way a meal to start too – a large and delicious serve, enough for two.
The only tricky part of dining at La Cantina would be deciding what to have, as the food is all so lovely.
BYO wine is $5 per person – which is helpful for budgeting.