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2009 January 4

cantinaextSo here at last is the last of my Christmas Party posts. This dinner was another work affair, limited to two or so departments who work on the same floor. Fashionator had scrambled for a venue as groups bookings had filled up fast at our first choices. We finally settled on Cantina, a venue that I had previously ventured into for another work colleagues Hen’s Night.  On that occasion we had made much noise and found ourselves stuffed silly with a most generous banquet menu and mucho Sangria! Once again, we had the set $35 banquet menu, and after our last visit where we couldn’t fit in the delicious paella, we thought this a most sensible option. First up was a selection of dips and olive bread. The dips were lovely, with a taste of pumpkin, white bean, chickpea, beetroot and eggplant. All of these hit the spot, though were a little tame in comparison to the fantabulous Erciyes dip platter.


Then a selection of salads appeared:


The chickpea salad with spanish onion, tomato and cucumber was tangy and light, even with the layer of manchego cheese atop, though to me, the cheese was pretty bland. My favourite of the two salads was the baby spinach with roast pumpkin, pine nuts, goats cheese and grilled capsicum. We ended up hoarding one of these in the corner to ourselves! Patatas Bravas! Fierce or brave potatoes…What’s so fierce about them? Well, it all depends on where you’re eating them and your tolerance for heat of the chilli kind in the tomato sauce…here they aren’t too fierce but they sure are tasty!


Mmm, fried chorizo…mmmyum…I kept eating these even when I should have stopped, I need to say the same for the calamari too, and think myself lucky that I was at a non-seafoody type people end of the table!


Then, for the vegetarians there was the haloumi and the mushrooms…the mushies were dark and juicy, while there wasn’t enough haloumi and we had to request more from the kitchen, and again I benefited from being at an end of the table where people weren’t so keen on fried cheese! What’s wrong with these people!!


My least favourite item on the menu on both my visits has been the meatballs with lamb and pork…I don’t know why, but I just don’t dig them. Nobody else did either, and they were pretty much left alone..



And how could I forget the Sangria! I’m not sure how many carafes of this we got through, but there were a few!

Cantina is an ideal place for groups. There’s tapas, sangria and a little deck for the smokers upstairs too…Reasonably priced, and very filling, and not too far from a selection of bars and pubs to start or end your night…

245 Oxford Street
02 9357 3033

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  1. January 4, 2009

    Yum Sangria! I think the meatballs look good. I’m a big fan of chorizo too – I’ve just discovered Mexican chorizo – delicious!

  2. January 4, 2009

    Haha as for the people that don’t like Halloumi-they are totally missing out. I adore that squeaky cheese. Everything looks good here! 🙂

  3. January 4, 2009

    @ Christie The meatballs look and smell fantastic, but they just aren’t quite right, but I can’t put my finger on it. It could also just be my aversion to pork though?

    @Lorraine Yes, people who don’t like haloumi are a bit mental. Even my fussy as boyfiend (oops Freudian slip there!) loves it!

  4. January 4, 2009

    Ooo, I love pumpkin salad. You definitely sat at the right end of the table!

  5. January 4, 2009

    Yum, tapas is made for communal eating! Non-haloumi and non-seafood loving people are strange, but they make the best dining partners during a banquet! I sometimes find that meatballs are either too dry or too spongy in texture.

  6. January 4, 2009

    @ Helen yeah, they were a little too pink in the middle for my taste…

    @ Arwen it’s definitely a good idea to have insight into dining companions in banquet situations!

  7. January 6, 2009

    That looks like pretty good value to me, I definitely would have been full:D I agree with you – it’s a good location to start the night.

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