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Published February 20th 2016
Steak, sports, and socializing with mates over beer
Unley Road is a beautiful, little strip that pretty much harbours most of the CBD businesses in the luxury of a suburb. Being one of the popular hubs in the southern 'burbs of Adelaide, there are lots of restaurants, cafes, and pubs that are available for people to socialize and enjoy the company of friends and/or family.
The beauty of the Cremorne is that you can choose what part of the hotel appeals to you at the time - there is a bar in every section of the hotel, along with indoor and/or outdoor seating, which can be dependent on the weather of Adelaide (we all know how untimely and unpredictable that can be), and lots of space to enjoy a meal / drink solo or with a small/big group of friends. The versatility of the Cremorne is one of the major factors why I am in love with it.
Cider and beer on tap - perfect for a Sunday (or any day, really) session with mates
For appetizers, we ordered the cheese and truffle aracini balls, which included salsa verda, shaved parmesan and garlic aioli. This was a great option for an appetizer that was bite-sized in portion and had a burst of spicy yet subtle flavours of ingenuity. It was particularly pleasing to see how scarce the amount of parmesan was presented on the plate and worked brilliantly with delivering this dish well.
Next, we had one of the items from the Pub Grub menu - the crispy chicken burger. This meal came with a serve of chips on the side. This burger was seriously a dream to look at, and an even better dream to enjoy in real life. It was not messy, which made this a very enjoyable meal. The chicken was cooked to a lovely crisp and the meat melted in my mouth. Having this burger with a cider on a hot summer day in Adelaide sounds like paradise to me.
When you scan through the Mains menu and have a love of pork or ribs or both, then you can't not order the Yoder smoked pork ribs, served with baked beans, coleslaw, and chips on the side. Hands down, this was the encore to an excellent dining service. Don't be shy to unleash the savage in you as you devour these ribs that are practically cooked to melt off the bone, with some delicious smoky BBQ sauce that is drizzled over it. There was a brilliant balance of spicy and sweet, which made this dish as delicious in taste as it was in presentation.
As with every meal, there's always room for dessert. We opted for two of the desserts on the menu.
First up was the gluten free orange and almond syrup cake served with mascarpone and roast almond ice cream. If simply reading that sentence made you salivate a little, then fret not - this was a scrumptious dessert dish, with a super soft cake-y texture. The smoked almond was a flavour that I didn't think I'd enjoy, but enjoy it I did — thoroughly. The coolness brought about by the ice cream complemented the warmth of the cake beautifully, so this is an option for both the hot summer days as well as the cold and rainy wintry days that Adelaide is often blessed with throughout the year.
To finish off a great lunch session, I got the lemon curd tart in a glass with mascarpone, vanilla streusel, crisp meringue and blood orange sorbet. This is one that I was particularly looking forward to, purely for its meringue. I may not have enjoyed the citrus flavours in this dessert, but the meringue itself tasted divine.
Overall, the Cremorne attracts a deserving 9/10 from me, for their excellent hospitality, their epic interior, and the scrumptious food and drink that we were happily served. It's a gem in the southern suburbs, indeed.