Hermosa Cantina on Cambridge

In Spanish, Hermosa is roughly translated to beautiful and how incredibly fitting for this great new bar/restaurant on Cambridge Street in Wembley. Created and founded by the same people who brought you Tropico in North Beach (a personal favourite, and if you haven’t tried yet, you simply MUST!) this “Spanish inspired eating and drinking house” in our opinion, is going to be just as big.

We headed here for coffee mid-morning the day after opening and already the place had a clear buzz about it. Taking over the space where Three Five Three used to be, the layout is very similar however much more open and fun. Quirky chairs, pressed metal splashbacks, and mosaic tiles throughout really take you to another place.

There is a takeaway section for those busy morning where you just want to grab your coffee and maybe a cake or something equally as delicious in the cold fridge. This time around we sat in the restaurant.

With our Will & Co coffee we had the Cheese & Truffle “Toastie” with Red Pepper Ketchup and for want of a better term; OMG! Amazing! How a toasted sandwich can taste so good is beyond us, the flavours gel together so perfectly. Our tip: if you’ve somehow managed to stumble across a late night, one of these will fix you right up!

Heading back to Hermosa for lunch was a no-brainer, we just HAD to sample their lunch/dinner menu. We ordered 5 dishes (an extra one on suggestion from our lovely waitress) from their menu which is designed to be shared in pure Spanish tapas tradition.

Merienda (snack)
  • Longaniza sausage, tomatillo salsa
Platos Pequenos (small plates)
  • Josper roasted peppers, sheeps cheese, polenta chips
  • Slow cooked W.A. pork belly, nuts & seeds, pickled apple
Pincho (spike or skewer)
  • Beef marinated in sherry, pork belly, sheep’s cheese, pickled cucumber, pepper ketchup
Lados & Bits (sides & bits)
  • Courgette, salted sheep’s cheese, oregano, olive oil

All of the dishes were full of flavour, well presented, arrived quickly and were the perfect amount to share between two. However the winning dish was hands down the beef skewer. Each delightful mouthful was followed by gasps of just how tasty each and every fragment of the skewer was. We cannot rave on about this (and the toastie) enough, you simply HAVE to try them for yourselves.

Hermosa is the proud owner of one of only two ovens in Perth that smoke and chargrill its meat at the same time, which we were told by our waitress gave our skewer its delectable taste.

It would have been extremely rude NOT to order dessert so we shared the Lime Churros, with brown butter & lemon curd, and warm white chocolate dipping sauces. Delicious, even if unfortunately one of the waitresses forgot our order. It was quickly remedied with an apology and our Churros.

The wine list is tastefully priced in our opinion, we are yet to try the cocktails but attending for dinner is next on the list (don’t judge if we tell you one of us has dinner booked here already).

A very exciting new venture for George Fowler and Garry Kemp which we believe will be a great success. But don’t take our word for it, head to Hermosa Cantina on Cambridge to try for yourself.

Open Tuesday 7am – 4pm

Wednesday – Sunday 7am – late

Closed Monday

www.hermosa.net.au

www.facebook.com/hermosacantina

 

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