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Review - Cantina Bar


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Chilli heat is measured in Scoville units, and this new Balmain entry is so hot, it blows it right off the peninsula into Surry Hills - which is actually where I’d expect to find a bar this good!

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Returning to Wilbur Scoville’s helpful scale, it basically tells you how many times you’ll need to dilute the capsaicin oil until that red-hot burning sensation ceases.

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Which is why, in hindsight, reaching for a Jalapeno Margarita ($16) after delving into the epic chilli sauce collection...

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...here, was a particularly bad idea (even if it was the best one I’ve tried).

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I suggest keeping a Portuguese Super Bock ($8.50) beer chaser on hand at all times. (They have a great list of international beers to choose from.)

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I’m blaming the seductive passionfruit and vanilla allure of the Twisted Margarita ($16) for inciting me to...

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...throw caution aside and douse the already jalapeno-enhanced Cantina Quesadilla ($12) with Sudden Death.

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Turns out it was actually a misnomer - it’s more Creeping Agony.

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Prior to my mouth becoming a burning pit of hell, I threw down crazy-good Deep Fried Jalapenos ($9) stuffed with cream cheese and capsicum, a tasty quartet of Tostadas ($15) and...

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...satisfyingly sloppy Pulled Pork Sliders ($16). (Note Sudden Death waiting ominously in the wings in my sliders photo...)

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Your big, boozy injection of fun...

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...ends with Churros ($10), thoughtfully complemented by chocolate chilli sauce…

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Cantina Bar
350 Darling Street, Balmain
Ph: (02) 9810 0086


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