Forget what you’ve previously heard about this place. Crema has recently changed hands and now has a new part owner and head chef, Leslie. Leslie is an Escoffier accredited chef, who has won numerous awards and titles, and has been a chef for the last 29 years. The focus at this place is to provide quality food to customers at reasonable prices.
Unlike other Italian restaurants in the area, Crema are the only place to cook their pizzas using a wood oven. Their menu is predominantly Mediterranean inspired with numerous gluten free options. Vegan friendly dishes are also available upon request. The venue is fully licenced with a moderate beer and wine list. One thing to note is their specially produced organic red wine, which is only available at 3 restaurants in Adelaide.
First up tonight was their Herbed Pizza Bread. Fresh out of the oven, it was the most amazing bread I have ever tasted! The bread was thicker than pita bread but thinner than a pizza base. The flavour of the herbs really shone through and I would have been more than happy to just sit there eating the bread all night. It was the perfect appetiser while waiting for my main to arrive.
For the mains, I had the Osso Bucco with Mashed Potato. The veal shank was nicely browned and the meat was still secured to the bone. The meat was tender, juicy and rich in flavour. The vegetables were fresh and crisp, and beautifully sautéed until they were soft and translucent. The mashed potato was soft and creamy, and when mixed with the juices from the Osso Bucco, it was like a match made in heaven.
For dessert, I had the Gluten Free Lemon Curd Cheesecake. The cheesecake was so light and lemony. Each spoonful would simply melt in your mouth. The combination of soft cream cheese and ricotta cheese were like Adam and Eve strolling through the garden of eden. The biscuit base was nice and firm which is what you would expect. This was the perfect dish to end a meal.
The décor here is modern yet basic, and the venue has a seating capacity of about 120. The main draw card about this place is it’s close proximity to the beach. The outdoor dining area would almost be perfect on a Summer evening. They also have house made gelati where there are 18 flavours to choose from. My particular favourites were the Pistachio, Rum and Raisin, and the Ferrero Rocher. I’ve never tasted such true authentic flavours in gelati! Like many other places, they also offer a range of fruit juices and coffee.
The staff here were friendly and inviting from the moment I walked into the door. The pricing here is more than reasonable considering the restaurants not too far away were charging up to $40 for a main. The atmosphere was relaxed and the dining experience was thoroughly enjoyable. I can’t recommend this place enough!
WHERE: 8 Jetty Rd, Glenelg