Comuna Cantina brings Latin-inspired eats and good times to Brisbane City
Ah, the daily struggle – tossing up whether to eat something delicious and fun, or going for the healthy option. Trust us, it is a truly beautiful day when you realise you can have both. Ready to please the palates of both those wanting something a little naughty and those wanting something nice, Comuna Cantina has opened to serve up a tasty selection of Latin-inspired street food in Brisbane City.
Comuna Cantina is the latest venture from the lads behind Corbett & Claude and Mr. Claude, who are this time embracing the food and culture of Latin America but with their own unique and modern take. Tucked off Albert Street on Albert Lane (neighbouring Little Singapore, Harajuku Gyoza and Vapiano), Comuna Cantina instantly draws in passers-by with lively music and the distant view of a neon sign that reads ‘but first, we dance’, accompanied by a neon silhouette of the dancing girl emoji. Warm festoon lighting criss-crosses overhead in the courtyard dining area, and baskets and bowls filled with fresh chillies and cassavas sit beside giant sangria vessels on the bar, giving the space a vibrant Latin feel. Complementing these elements are modern and minimalist design choices, with the use of natural timbers, pastel colours and details such as hand-painted tiles and leather-bound cocktail menus completing the fit-out.
The Latin-inspired menu lends itself to sharing, and features a selection of healthy and delicious dishes. Almost everything on the menu is gluten free and made in-house daily, and is low carb, high protein and packed with fresh vegetables, premium meats and house-made sauces and salsas. There are plenty of vegetarian options available and everything can be eaten in or taken away. To get the party started, you can munch on market treats such as grilled corn with chipotle aioli and queso fresco, or cassava chips with tequila-avocado aioli and smoked paprika. If you haven’t had the pleasure of sinking your teeth into a flavour-packed arepa, now is your chance. Comuna serves up its take on the Venezuelan/Colombian staple (which happens to be gluten free!) – think of a corn pita pocket packed full with yum. You’ll also find healthy ensaladas, colourful soft tacos, pinchos (barbecue skewers) and Mexican torta burgers with charcoal brioche buns. Yep, black buns. Make sure you leave room for dessert – Comuna Cantina offers a choc-chia cookie ice-cream sandwich, fresh fruit icy poles and cheeky cocktail icy poles. If you prefer your cocktails in liquid form there are plenty of those too – with cute names like In Love With the Coco, The J Lo and Takes Juan to Know Juan. There’s of course frozen margaritas and giant jugs of sangria, as well as Latin American wines, spirits and agua frescas (mocktails) to whet your whistle well into the evening. And like any Latina street cantina, dancing is encouraged.
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