‘Cantina’ is a flexible word—it can describe a bar room, salon, wine shop, canteen, cellar, diner or take away joint. Since chef/director Paul Wilson and creative director and part-owner Julian Gerner (from the Albert Park Hotel, Middle Park Hotel and the Newmarket)’s new Mexican offering embodies all these things, the title Acland St Cantina is perfectly fitting.
The pair turned St Kilda’s famous institution, Prince of Wales, into an innovative and fresh full service breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper and drinks diner, serving fuss-free and affordable Mexican fare.
Alongside familiar favourites like tacos and quesadillas, diners can expect a focus on organic, healthy ingredients like super foods quinoa and corn. Unusual and less calorie friendly additions include Mexico’s answer to fondue, Queso Fundido, and an indulgent salted caramel ice cream churros taco for dessert. Washed down with house wine priced at a mere $6 a glass, a shot of one of over 20 tequilas, a lolly coloured Latin soft drink, refreshing beer or even a chilli infused hot chocolate.
Night owls looking to extend their stay at the Cantina can wander at the back to enjoy a darker, moodier vibe, where live music with a global hip hop theme will soon take over post-sunset.