If you haven’t heard of hugely popular North Beach cafe – Tropico, then I am sorry to say that you must have been living under a rock! Not content with one successful cafe, the owners decided to open Hermosa Cantina – a Spanish influenced restaurant in the well heeled suburb of Wembley.
Having the same owners is where the similarities end. Tropico is fresh and bright with a menu to match, where as Hermosa is handsome and classy with a menu that would be at home anywhere on the Iberian peninsula.
They use Will & Co coffee here and it’s the kind of brew that will have you ordering a second.. maybe a third? Or is it just me that has to smash a couple of coffees back to back to function these days? The coffee is creamy, full flavoured and at the perfect temperature. Yep.. I ordered a take away too.
The menu is seasonal, which almost throws the playbook out of the window for breakfast. In a world of same-same for breakfast, it was nice to see a selection making use of plenty of in-season produce. For spring/summer think dishes with passionfruit, fresh berries, soft avocado and bright coloured salsas. Prices range from $9 for toast up to $23 for the “Full Spanish” – chorizo chipolatas, eggs, mushrooms, beans, bacon and tomato.
Rachel and I went back and forth for a while trying to decide what to order, as this wasn’t just a case of scanning down the menu for your old faithful. I wanted to consider every interesting item on the menu!
I made the decision to order the pan con heirloom tomatoes ($15) served with bbq pork belly, cilantro and caramelised onion. This neatly organised dish was bursting with flavour as much as it was fresh colour. Even though I would have loved some crispness on the meagre slices of pork belly, they were tender and sticky – a good match for the sweet tomatoes.
Rachel’s polenta and lemon ricotta pancakes ($17) came served as a little stack topped with garden fresh sweet berries, mint and ricotta. The pancakes were a a tad on the tough side but the accompanying frozen wild honey custard made up for it. This semifreddo-like side dish was topped with a pistachio crumb and blueberries. Snazzy and cooling, anyone would be ready to face the heat outside after this for breakfast.
If you’re after a place for breakfast that has an interesting menu using in-season produce and top notch coffee, look no further than Hermosa Cantina. It’s worth a visit!
353 Cambridge Street, Wembley
Breakfast served Tues – Sun 7am – 11.30am