It’s approaching lunchtime, the tables begin to fill and laughter and chatter drift across the stylishly furnished long and narrow Cardone’s Seafood and Grill in Glenelg.
The small figure of a demure lady, perhaps in her early 80s, appears in the doorway. She waves an animated hand in the direction of owner Nick Cardone, approaches him and, with a smile of someone who has just won the lottery, hands him a bunch of fresh parsley, quickly adding that she’d picked it just moments earlier from her herb garden.
“That’s the community spirit I’m talking about,” says Nick, almost on cue.
He and restaurant manager Aerin Martini had just been sharing the merits of the restaurant and its connection with the community, how since its transformation from the casual and beachy Jack’s Fish Shack to the fine dining Cardone’s Seafood and Grill, it had garnered a swag of awards for its cuisine and service excellence and become a destination venue for locals.
Nick knows most by name and will invariably spend a good few minutes chatting about everything from their family, the weather and what’s special on the menu.
Its community credentials are further enhanced by its performance on TripAdvisor, where its abundant – and predominantly phenomenal – reviews have it regularly occupying the number one spot.
While, as the name suggests, the menu is dominated by seafood, the generous selection of meat and vegetarian dishes display the common thread of freshness and taste.
The signature dish is the spectacular seafood platter – ideal for sharing among two or more – laden with servings of grilled barramundi, calamari and prawns, crumbed garfish, garlic cream lobster tails, scallops seared in garlic butter and salt and pepper soft shell crab.
Seafood also finds its way into some of the delectable pasta dishes, with linguini marinara and a blue swimmer crab pappardelle leading the way.
Visitors, of course, are welcome…and given the inevitable enjoyable dining experience, there’s every chance you’ll soon be a regular at Cardone’s!
For more information
Cardone’s Seafood and Grill
4/108 Jetty Road, Glenelg
T: 8376 8333/0421 846 703