I’ve heard many good things about Europa at the Bay, and it was one of the few places down Jetty Road that I had yet to visit. It has a menu set out like a traditional Italian restaurant with breads, small plates, fish, meat, pasta, risotto, salads and pizza. With two other establishments that serve the same cuisine nearby, this place presents itself as being a little more upmarket.
The decor is modern and well presented, with a prominent use of dark colours. There is plenty of seating both inside and out, with the outdoor area equipped with cafe blinds and heating.
For dinner, I ordered the Blue Swimmer Crab Meat Linguine which has a sauce made from garlic, chilli, tomato and cream, and then flamed with brandy. The dish came out after a 15 minute wait and was above average in presentation.
The crab meat was sweet and juicy, and provided in generous amounts. There were decent morsels of crab meat mixed in the al dente linguine. You could taste the subtle hints of garlic and chilli in the rich tomato based sauce, however, this was overpowered by the abundance of chopped up parsley.
My friend ordered the Crispy Skin Barrumundi which was served with roasted sweetened fennel, crispy potatoes, cracked pepper and caper hollandaise. The barramundi flesh was soft and delicate, and the skin was perfectly crisp as stated. The sweetness of the fennel was balanced by the subtle heat of the pepper and caper hollandaise. The only complaint with this dish was that there wasn’t enough.
The staff were very friendly and the service was above average. The atmosphere was relaxed and the pricing was a bit higher than average. The cost the Crab Meat Linguine was $32 and the Barramundi $30. The mains start at $23 and go all the way to $40.
Had there not been too much parsley in my main, they would have got a perfect rating.
WHERE: 12 Jetty Rd, Glenelg