Having been late with our post this week, CRAVE was something we found right in our neighborhood. The Bandra branch is the second outlet, the first being located in Prabhadevi. The walls are beautifully done with alternating yellow and white stripes. The chairs and tables are also a perfect setting for a place to relax and gobble down a quick meal.
As crisp as they should be, the fries were crunchy and crackling with carbs. Served in a beautiful grilled basket, the fries can be accompanied with a variety of dips to choose from, each costing around INR25. The cheese and chive dip was heavenly and I would prefer not writing anything about it. Just go and try it. The other dip which we tried was the chilly garlic dip. Again a good dip and a good way to start the meal.
THE KNOCKOUT(INR 260+)
After a really long time I encountered a burger sans a deep fried patty. Having massive expectations from this lamb burger, it however did not turn out that appetizing. The hero of the dish, the lamb mince patty, did not play its role that well. The patty was bland, without any spices. The Gorgonzola cheese sauce did try to save the dish. The texture of the Italian blue cheese being crumbly, the burger lacked the messiness I would love. With the onion, lettuce and tomatoes neatly packed up, it was just like a tidly dressed school going kid.
THE TLC SANDWICH(INR 195+)
Two slices of fresh bread, sandwiching between them char grilled peppers, eggplant, zucchini, onion and yellow cheddar. A treat for the veggie lovers, this could be on your bucket list. Having the mild flavors of the grilled vegetables, the sandwich would definitely have been incomplete without the cheddar cheese. On the whole, gorging my way through the sandwich was a rejuvenating experience.
HOUSE-BLEND LEMONGRASS ICED TEA(INR 90+)
A drink I would personally recommend if you want to save yourself from the scotching heat of the sun. Lemongrass, a bulbous grayish green grass, particularly has a lemon-lime citrusy flavor. This drink had the right amount of lemongrass in it and was truly revitalizing. A stress buster indeed.
As the saying goes, all’s well that ends well. At the end of the meal, a complimentary shot of blueberry cheesecake was presented to us. The near to perfection dessert, did indeed leave a mark behind. The alternating layers of the blueberry compote and the cream cheese did end with a layer of biscuit crumble. The only minus point goes to the not-so-loose texture of the biscuit crumble. Overall it was a nice way to end the meal.
The staff was really friendly and the chef took our suggestions on a very positive note. The cheese and chive dip was something I would recommend every cheese lover to try at least once.
PUBLISHED BY AKSHAY LALCHANDANI