I’ve driven past the Cremorne Hotel on so many occasions and it has always been on my “to eat” list. From the outside, you can tell that it has been recently updated and once you walk in, it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The first two words that come to mind are stylish and contemporary. A formal dining area, a spacious beer garden and a large bar section are some of the key features. They also have plenty of parking at the back which is ideal for the busy area.
Like every place that I visit, I was here for the food. The menu is divided into starters and sharing plates, pub grub and mains. They have daily specials and desserts on separate menus, and like all good establishments, have a cheaper lunch menu. Adelaide Food Central was invited here today to sample some of their menu. All food and drink were provided free of charge.
To start off we had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings with Franks Hot Sauce. These wings were really good and the coating wasn’t too oily. The chicken was juicy and succulent and worked perfectly with the dipping sauce. While it says “hot sauce”, I think even the spice intolerant can handle it.
Next was the Grilled Haloumi with confit cherry tomato, watermelon, candied almonds, baby herbs and maple dressing. A bright and colourful salad sat on top of the firm and crispy haloumi. The haloumi was salty and balanced by the sweetness of the cherry tomatoes and watermelon. Candied almonds are the in thing at the moment and added a lovely crunchy texture. The dish was very light and refreshing.
The Pan Fried Duck Breast was served with carrot, orange puree, pear chutney, roasted baby carrots and jus. The duck was tender and succulent, and pinkish in the centre. The skin was lightly charred and you could taste the smokey flavours. The natural sweetness of the vegetables really shone through and the jus brought all the elements together.
For dessert, we had the Mango and Coconut Eton Mess with toasted coconut, meringue and watermelon sorbet. This dessert was subtle sweetness and not overpowering in anyway. I loved the natural sweetness of the mango as it complimented the sorbet quite well. The coconut added a crunchy texture as did the meringue. Overall, it was a beautifully presented and delicious dessert.
Next was the Hazelnut Praline Chocolate Tart with blood orange sorbet. The chocolate tart was simply rich and decadent. The sweetness of the chocolate was balanced by the subtle tartness of the sorbet. The hazel praline added a nice crunchy texture.
I was thoroughly impressed with the presentation and execution of the dishes today. I began to ask myself why I hadn’t been here sooner. Adelaide Food Central would like to thank the staff at the Cremorne Hotel for their hospitality and Social Media AOK for organising.
The place is huge and ideal for just about any occasion whether it be after work drinks or a private function. More importantly, the food is great and all the more reason to come here.
WHERE: 207 Unley Rd, Unley