Cardone’s was awarded the best seafood restaurant in Adelaide last year, and with that in mind, the expectations were certainly high when I paid this place a visit. The menu mainly consists of Italian and seafood dishes, or a combination thereof. Their offerings are divided into pasta and risotto, mains and seafood dishes. While the menu is not over extensive, there’s pretty much something for everyone.
Like the neighbouring restaurants, the floor plan is long and narrow with bi-fold doors separating the indoor and outdoor dining areas. The outdoor dining area is undercover and customers are well protected from the elements.
For lunch, I had the Atlantic Salmon which came with baby potatoes, roquette, radicchio, asparagus and smoked almond aioli.
The salmon was perfectly cooked. It was nice and pink on the inside, and the skin was perfectly crisp. The dark sauce on the plate is a pear balsamic. It has a tangy barbecue flavour and adds more depth to the dish. The roast potatoes had a nice crisp exterior while soft and fluffy on the inside. The salad is fresh and crisp, and the inclusion of almonds adds a nice crunchy texture. The lettuce is drenched in the aioli with the subtle hints of garlic shining through.
My friend had the Blue Swimmer Crab Pappardelle which contains chilli, fresh tomato, roquette, lemon and extra virgin olive oil. The crab meat was sweet and succulent, and not a single crab shell was found. The pasta ribbons were perfectly cooked and the chilli added a lovely kick to the dish.
Today, we were served by the owner, Nick, who not only provided us with great service, he was also very friendly and hospitable. The drinks and meals arrived promptly and plates were cleared as we finished. The atmosphere was very casual and relaxed, and the pricing, while not the cheapest, was worth every cent. Both our mains were $32 which is pretty good considering you’re eating at last year’s best seafood restaurant. The ingredients were of a high quality and the execution of the dishes was also impressive.
We had a truly enjoyable experience and found very little to fault.
WHERE: Shop 4, 108 Jetty Rd, Glenelg