The owners, Dylan and Jenny, are currently in the process of growing their own veggies on the premises, and Dylan, although he never trained professionally to be a chef, spent much of his life in the food industry, picking the brains of any chef with whom he shared a restaurant. He studied their work and practiced at home until he was able to create the amazing food he set before me at Cantina.
Jenny, who is superwoman at the bar, is in charge of events and other such details. My friend Nick and I knew immediately that we wanted to move the location of another friend's baby shower to the restaurant, so we spent a bit of time dealing with Jenny on those details. Not only did she seem to know every trick in the book for how to throw a good party, she was also incredibly friendly about it all. The conversation flowed easily, and Nick and I left the meeting with big grins on our faces.
|Nick, me, and our grins.|
The overall decor of the place is great, too. It's a little loud, because, in keeping with the latest style in Cheonan, there's minimal fabric to absorb sound, but it's not so loud as to deter me from returning. There are several tables at the front of the house. In the back is an open-air kitchen and a pool table, positioned in front of this mural:
|Painted by JnJ Crew from Hongdae (Seoul), this mural sets the tone for the whole restaurant.|
So, what have we learned?
I'll definitely be returning.