If you’re looking for the spice of life, then boy have we got the eatery for you. The Chronicles Café (at day) or the Pizza Chief (at night) has a menu that offers not 1, not 2 but 5 different cuisines: Italian, Indian, German, American and Australian. With Arancini Balls, Pizza, Pasta, Curries, Schnitzels, Chicken Wings and an array of desserts there is truly something for everyone!
Never one to turn down an intriguing entrée, I was excited to try the vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free Fritters. The palm-sized deep-fried rissoles certainly packed a punch; an extraordinary amount of flavour created by the elaborate spice mix integrated into the spinach, corn, garden peas and Spanish onions. I’m a huge fan of turmeric – a star flavour – and so loved these! The vibrant piccalilli mayonnaise and garden salad served well to provide relief from such intense flavours… before I cut another piece!
The first thing by co-foodie said when we looked at The Chronicle’s Menu was “I always order a parmy when I go to the pub…” Hence, a Chicken Parmigiana was ordered and did not disappoint! The thick, tender and juicy piece of chicken was crumbed in light and crispy breadcrumbs and served with a huge portion of thickly cut potato fries. I loved the thickness of the sliced ham that lay beneath the rich tomato sauce and melted cheese. To me, a good parmigiana is judged on the ratio of meat, crumb, ham, tomato and cheese… they nailed it!
The Smoked Peri-Peri Chicken and Halloumi Burger was pretty darn delish and ultimately is one of the safest menu options if you’re afraid of wading into spicy waters. Two large fillets of grilled smoky and moist chicken, lightly spiced with Peri-Peri seasoning and 3 thick pieces of grilled halloumi are sandwiched between an equally thick burger bun and compliment by the classic burger salad ingredients: lettuce, tomato, cheese and peri-peri mayonnaise. This burger is also accompanied by a huge pile of fries, so you definitely won’t leave the restaurant hungry!
Up next was the Italian pasta! We just had to order the Spaghetti Puttanesca because of its interesting name origin. Puttanesca roughly translates to “lady of the night” and its hotly debated why this particular pasta sauce was bestowed with its name. Perhaps it is because the constituent ingredients are relatively cheap or perhaps its something to do with the ‘aromatics.’ Either way, the powerful combination of anchovies, capers, olives and tomato always serves to delight. The perfectly cooked pasta offered an excellent base to let this simple yet delicious sauce shine!
The last dish of the day was another classic, Ravioli Bolognese. The chicken ravioli was well-seasoned and each and every piece was individually smothered in a rich and sweet sauce that was just scrummy. I loved how small pieces of carrot were visible in the sauce, demonstrating the chef’s obvious pride in using fresh, local ingredients. The fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese on top perfectly topped off the scrumptious pasta.
The pizzas range from the classics, such as Meat Lovers, Margarita and BBQ Chicken to the Chef Specials of The Garden, Mamma’s Pizza and (of course) Chief pizza. As I’m sure you’re well aware, we love our food and the more the merrier! Hence, our elected pizza was The Works; ham, mushrooms, spicy pepperoni, capsicum, onion, crunchy bacon, pineapple, olives, anchovies (I decided to remove this particular element from my slice), prawns all covered in oodles of cheese!
A cheeky little addition to the menu is the Calzone, available in any of the Traditional Pizzas. I adore calzones (especially the Three Little Pigs calzone from Fasta Pasta) and this one succeeded in living up to my lofty expectations. Our Super Supreme Calzone was just what you would expect… fit to burst! This particular filling option similarly features ham, mushroom the punchy pepperoni, capsicum, red onion, bacon and pineapple with a generous amount of ooey gooey cheese holding it all together. Covered with a rich Bolognese sauce and more cheese (what else?), I thought this was one of the best dishes we tried for the day.
I feel like American cuisine can be so overlooked sometimes. I mean who doesn’t adore a lightly battered, uber crispy Onion Rings with some rich tomato ketchup? I certainly do! The onion rings were delicately battered and surprisingly light. Eaten with or without the accompanying condiment, I felt like these truly topped off the meal. To be perfectly honest, the huge serving size meant that they could have been the entire meal itself!
Now, what are your thoughts on Chicken Wings? Well, think no longer! The slightly umami – yet decadently sweet and spicy sauce (better known as the Chief’s Special Sauce) was just ambrosial. The tender pieces of chicken were served with a creamy dill sauce that truly elevated the wings to another level.
Just to mix it up, we decided to try the Lamb Rogan Josh! Served in a deceivingly large bowl, the curry was rich and delicious, with at least 15 tender morsels of lamb hiding beneath its surface. A hefty serving of rice is always appreciated and helped to balance the richness of the curry. Lastly, a generous dollop of Greek yoghurt was much appreciated as the Chef seems to have a very high spice tolerance!
To take-over a restaurant during this COVID period is a mighty feat. Yet, somehow, the chef and owner at The Chronicles Cafe/The Pizza Chief has managed to produce a little bit of magic on Goodwood Road. Having cooked for the likes of Tom Cruise and Greg Norman, you will be treated like royalty here and leave feeling like a prince (or princess). Whether you want to stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a snack I would recommend this restaurant any day of the week.
Available on Uber Eats, Deliveroo and an array of delivery companies, they could also be your next Friday night takeout option! Moreover, originally a pastry chef, an array of hearty pies, pasties and slices and decadent doughnuts, mini salted caramel tarts, cannoli and lots more awaits you in this café.
I can’t wait to see you there!
Words by EG Mills from E-cup Gastronomy
WHERE: 554 Goodwood Rd, Daw Park