Last night Adelaide Food Central was invited to the new menu launch at Crema on Jetty. Crema has been a Glenelg staple for many years and is now being brought back to life with the help of Chef Billy Petropoulos and his take on modern Italian cuisine. The menu reflects Crema’s beach side location with many seafood options as well as creative dishes featuring fresh and local produce and an all day breakfast menu.
We started our menu tasting with aperitifs of Olives al Forno or Sicilian green olives with fennel seeds and orange and Piccante Almonds spiced with Italian seasoning and crushed chillies. The olives had a delicious flavour and the Piccante Almonds were so addictive. Guests also enjoyed a Campari Spritz, which set the mood for what was set to be a fabulous dinner.
We then tried an array of starters including Crispy Stuffed Risotto Balls with Mozzarella, Porcini, Truffle, Parmesan and Tomato Sugo, Pork and Fennel Meatballs with Pinenuts, Sultanas and Tomato Sugo, Cheesy Sweet Potato Fries with Grated Parmesan, Mozzarella and Truffle Oil and finally Tuscan Buttermilk Fried Chicken served with Iceberg Lettuce and Lemon Caesar Sauce.
The Risotto Balls were gooey and delicious and the meatballs were moist and both paired with the tomato Sugo were amazing. The Tuscan Fried Chicken were to be eaten like a San Cho Boy and were a great Italian twist on the popular dish. The chicken itself was moist and the coating was not too heavy or oily. My favourite out of each were definitely the sweet potato chips. Paired with the cheesy sauce they were divine.
We then were delighted to see a large bowl of Mussels come to the table, which are intended for sharing. These are fresh Port Lincoln Mussels served with a Napoli style tomato sauce, white wine, garlic, herbs, black olives and capers. The Mussels tasted of the sea and married perfectly with each ingredient. The broth was perfect when dipping with crusty bread. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
My Kitchen Rules fans – don’t be alarmed by this next dish. The Baked Seafood Pasta in Paper or commonly known as ‘Pasta in a bag’ was Marinara Style Calamari, Clams, Prawns, Fish and Cherry Tomatoes served with Fettuccine. The pasta was cooked perfectly and coated in the most delicious seafood filled sauce. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish.
Next we had the Fish of the Day which was a Whole Baked Snapper served with Gremolata and salad. The fish was baked in the wood oven, which really takes it to the next level. Never have I tasted a fish so perfectly cooked and flavoursome. The Gremolata was the perfect accompaniment and it was such a fresh and tasty dish.
You can’t have a seafood menu without having Salt & Pepper Calamari. This was Semolina Crusted Calamari served with a Mixed Salad and Aioli. The squid was light and flavoursome, with the semolina crust adding the perfect amount of crunch. The serving was very generous as well, much like every other dish.
Not only does Crema bake delicious fish in their wood oven, but they of course have delicious Pizzas. We sampled a Potato & Rosemary and a Seafood pizza. The bases of these pizzas were sublime as they were so crunchy and delicious. Each topping was flavoursome and I especially enjoyed the cheesy goodness of the Potato and Rosemary Pizza.
Our last savoury dish was definitely one to remember. This was Gnocchi with Beef Ragu and Crispy Sage. I have eaten my fair share of Gnocchi’s in my time, and this was a great rendition of the classic pasta dish. The ragu had the perfect amount of seasoning and I loved the addition of crispy sage.
Finally it was time for dessert and I couldn’t wait to try their Dessert Pizzas. We had the Apple Pie and the Nutella and Banana pizzas. It’s safe to say that I was impressed. The Nutella and Banana was definitely my favourite, as a huge Nutella fan. I was in dessert heaven.
Last but not least, as full as we all were, we couldn’t go past trying Crema’s freshly made Gelati. I chose the Dark Chocolate flavour and I was not disappointed. It was rich and creamy and had dark chocolate pieces throughout. The passionfruit and coffee Gelati were also crowd pleasers and it was the perfect ending to a delicious meal. It is not very common to see restaurants with their own house made Gelati, so it was a great surprise.
I have visited Crema in the past, just for the odd breakfast during a trip to the beach, but I never expected the quality that I experienced at this tasting. The food was prepared with care and with so much flavour. Chef Billy Petropoulos has done an amazing job of reinventing Crema and introducing some creative new dishes which are sure to be winners amongst the public, especially during the summer months.
Words and Photos by Angela Scarfo from All About That Food
WHERE: 8-10 Jetty Rd, Glenelg