The clams smelled great and tasted just as good. We saw them being cooked in front of us too so we knew it was freshly prepared and then to table!Read More
The Tasting Plate had calamari, meatballs, chicken and mushroom croquetas, ham croquetas, patatas bravas, some lightly toasted thick bread and a side salad.Read More
The chorizo a la plancha was delicious. The chargrilled Spanish sausage came cut up into tasty chunks and was served in a bowl a with lemon.Read More
While there are plenty of other choices, the tapas options here are hard to resist. You can certainly get plenty of variety.Read More
The croquetas de bacalao ahumado had four panko crumbed cod croquettes with three sauces - saffron aioli, salsa verde and mojo picon.Read More
The chicken, truffle, asparagus terrine with crispy chicken skin from the Primera menu was such a tasty dish.Read More
The spectacular rose meringue, watermelon & pistachio. This was such a work of art and a substantial serving too!Read More
The croquettes del dia - or croquettes of the day - were lovely. They came with a great ajo negro mayonesa - black garlic mayo.Read More
Vieiras en Azafran - scallops in the shell with saffron, shallots and cream - were tender and plump and enhanced by the beautiful sauce.Read More
How divine is serrano ham! Wrap the cheese up in this and place on the sourdough – divine! The olives too – oh so good.Read More
Arancini balls with wild mushrooms, white truffle oil and aged Parmesan - great combination and great taste.Read More
8/30 The Kingsway
Tucked away in Cronulla you will find Croydon Lane and when you see it - it is like another world. An oasis. Hanging baskets with plants adorn a wall exuding an "earthy effect". There are cute comfortable chairs for those that want to be a little intimate.
Croydon Lane is an upmarket city bar in Cronulla and it has personality. It is deceivingly big inside and they seat 80. You can also eat at the bar - very European. They serve top quality food and drinks and their audience leans towards the late 30's and up - and whoever loves a wine - isn't that just about everyone! The ambiance is very social and they cater to private functions as well as degustation nights and whiskey and tequila nights plus they are licensed to midnight. The creative and sophisticated décor was done well by owner Johnny Rechichi's wife Cindy.
There is also some quirkiness to Croydon Lane. If you order a top shelf wine and once you have finished it - you can sign the bottle and the bottle gets added to the "walk of fame".
Mlady chose the Lychee fantasy. This had Kettle 1 vodka, lychee liquor and lychee juice, fresh lime and hibiscus syrup. This sounds sweet and it was but it was not overly sweet which is how Mlady likes her cocktails. The Lychee fantasy had nice equal flavours and was very refreshing Loved the juicy lychee on top!
The Bruschetta wrapped scallops came nestled on a corn puree and confit piquillo.
The scallops were big, plump and juicy and had great flavours and textures.
We also really liked the vibrancy of the corn puree - and loved the crunchiness as well.
Next was the peri peri king prawns with pulled pork circles and slaw.
We both love a good peri peri and this was really good.
There was a good bite and it combined well with the pulled pork circles.
Next we had the Wagyu slider - this came with cheddar, lettuce, tomato relish, aioli and was served in a bun and arrived on a bread board. This was a sumptuous wagyu! It was like your traditional burger that so many of us have grown up with. Thick juicy beef, Sir thoroughly enjoyed and devoured.
The Jamon wrapped chicken breasts came with salad of pomegranate, cucumber, red radish and freekeh. Pomegranate is so versatile and rich in colour and possess a great crunch. This was a delicate looking dish. The chicken was tender and moist and we fully enjoyed the blend of the fresh tastes and textures. A great sharing plate!
Sir also had a white wine - an Albarino - which he enjoyed and Mlady had a lovely Tempranillo.
Our final "main" selection was one we'd been eyeing off on the board - the pork belly.
It came slow roasted with blue lentils and sauteed baby spinach and caramelised shallots.
What a great dish with big flavours and all topped with chunks of explosive crackling. It was so good.
For dessert we had homemade ice-cream. We had the caramelised mango, marshmallow dark choc and caramelised salted popcorn. OMG - simply delish! These were truly heavenly flavoured ice-creams. Sir kindly let Mlady consume more - such a gentleman. We completed our mouth-watering meal with a Pedro Ximenez each. What can we say about this aromatic, smooth as silk, liquid gold nectar that we have not already said before. We always "Vote for Pedro"!
Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Croydon Lane. We would like to a say a big thank you to Johnny and Cindy for inviting us and to Johnny for explaining his inspirations. Also thank you to Jess and Pablo and to head chef Sanjeev.