Earlier this month, we were invited to the launch of a new menu created by Chef Billy Petropoulos for Crema on Jetty in Glenelg, situated on the Jetty Road strip right next to the Glenelg Beach tram stop–you’ve probably walked past it countless times but never gave it a second glance, right? Us too… us too. 😉 Billy brings with him a heap of knowledge and experience; he’s also a a creative chef consultant of Billy & Co. and had lived overseas in London, South Korea and Japan, and worked for celebrity chef Bill Granger, at Granger & Co. Notting Hill. It’s good to have him on our shores and we’re excited to see what he does next in the culinary world of Adelaide.
Crema on Jetty is a casual dining venue, a cafe almost, serving a fresh modern Mediterranean menu to cater for all tastebuds. We were treated to a humungous feast which covered all areas of their menu with a large focus on seafood, after all, we were right by the bay–makes sense. 🙂
Some nibbles to whet our appetites…
Piccante almonds: almonds spiced with Italian seasoning and crushed chillies; $6.00
Olives al forno: Sicilian queen green olives, fennel seeds and orange; $6.00
Schiacciata al rosamarino; $8.00
Tuscan pizza base with olive oil, garlic, rosemary and sea salt. Olive oil? Yes. Rosemary? Yes. Sea salt? Yes… but garlic? Where art thou?
Crispy stuffed risotto balls; $12.00
Crumbed rice balls filled with mozzarella, porcini, truffle, parmesan, all of which was swimming in a tasty tomato sugo sauce. So, so good, we were happy to mop the sauce clean so we shamelessly requested for a basket of carbs just to do so… haha.
Starters and sides consisted of the following:
Pork and fennel meatballs; $13.00
Nonna style braised pork meatballs, with pine nuts, sultanas and fresh basil, all swimming in the same tomato sugo… not that we were complaining or anything. They really need to bottle that stuff up!
Buttermilk fried chicken; $14.00
Fried chicken pieces with ice berg lettuce and lemon caesar sauce with a wedge of fresh orange. Just like a fusion san choy bao. The burst of sweet citrus was a nice and different surprise along with the simple freshness of the crispy lettuce cups.
Sweet potato fries; $9.00
Oh yessss! The crispy fried sweet potatoes with grated parmesan, mozzarella and truffle oil were moreish, delectable and clearly not enough for us. The small bowl ran empty quick smart!
That was just the start… you ain’t seen nothing yet… more food!
A kilo of fresh Port Lincoln mussels alla marinara; Napoli-style with white wine, garlic, herbs, black olives and capers served with crunchy bread and a side of chips. Perfect for sharing. Or not. We happily annihilated the mussel pot on our own as many of the diners on our side of the table were not seafood fans… so more for us. 🙂
Crispy calamari: golden calamari, radicchio leaves, baby spinach, shaved fennel, celery, tomato, green beans and lemon mustard vinaigrette; $19.00
Wood roasted whole fish: the day’s fish was snapper with gremolata and salad
The fish was incredibly fresh and well cooked; the meat, naturally sweet and tender whilst it came away from the bones with ease. It was surprisingly a big hit with the table.
Baked seafood pasta in paper
Marinara fettuccine with calamari, clams, prawns, fish and cherry tomato all tossed in a tomato sauce.
Wood oven pizzas: marinara and pizza con patata
Pizza was next, straight out of Crema’s wood brick oven! 100% handmade and cooked the Neapolitan way, traditional marinara with prawns, calamari, oregano, anchovies, capers and black olives, and a gourmet variety with potato, fresh pecorino, rosemary and sea salt. Carb on carb! Can’t go wrong with a good thin pizza base. 🙂
Gnocchi ragu; $27.00
One last savoury dish before we moved onto our dessert stomach compartment. The gnocchi ragu with slow braised beef in red wine and tomatoes, pearl onions and pancetta. A hearty and comforting dish with good flavours however we did find it strange that the onions were presented whole and intact within the dish (blurry blob in the bottom right centre).
Dessert was in the form of dessert pizzas, which were specially made by a fellow foodie and diner.
Banana and hazelnut spread pizza: hazelnut spread, toasted hazelnuts and banana with vanilla ice cream; $13.00
Apple and caramel pizza dolce: apple and cinnamon slices, caramel oat crumble and vanilla ice cream; $14.00
We couldn’t fit any more food in (or food that required effort to chew… haha), instead we had a scoop or two of Crema’s house made gelati e sorbet. Dark chocolate, coffee and passionfruit were all on offer with the dark chocolate and passionfruit an outright winner on the table. The dark chocolate gelati was superb, super chocolatey, smooth and not too sweet with bits of dark chocolate in each spoonful. The passionfruit was intense and fragrant with passionfruit seeds dotted throughout and the coffee was also a winner in our books. Super intense and caffeinated, most avoided it just to ensure they could still get a good nights rest. Heh.
There’s a wide range of food options for everyone-as you can you tell by our feast! The staff are friendly and upbeat, and the venue itself is casual and laid back. It’s worth a visit if you’re in the area, even if it’s just for their gelati alone! Bring on summer!
[dbites was invited as guests to Crema on Jetty]
Crema on Jetty
10 Jetty Road
Glenelg SA 5045
P 08 8294 1431