Restaurant Review: Crave, Prabhadevi
We were gutted over the shuttering of Nariman Point pizzeria Di Napoli in March. In a city fixated with thin-crust pies it was rare to find a decent Neapolitan pizza before Di Napoli came along. The pizzeria’s owner Jai Thakur has alas taken to catering to popular taste with Crave, a new all-day cafe, which he opened earlier this month.
Crave, which should have a branch in Bandra sometime in the next quarter of the year, deals in stone-baked, New York-style thin-crust pizzas. Here, Thakur has done a top job with the crust. The bases, across our order of three pizzas, were firm, browned like a nachni chip at the edges and held up well under the pressure of plenty of toppings.
We could slay vampires with our breath after gorging on the Green Revolution (Rs325), a pesto pie loaded with mozzarella, mushrooms, feta, broccoli and roasted garlic. Despite this garlic-y wallop, the veggie pizza trumped the lazily-assembled The Great Nawab (Rs385) and the promise-filled Bacon of Hope (Rs375).
From its menu description, we imagined that The Great Nawab would be laden with chicken tikka, chicken shammi and chicken seekh kebab. Instead there were paltry morsels of flavourful but dry seekh and shammi, while the tikka was absent. The Bacon of Hope was smoky and appealingly pungent thanks to a smattering of slivered red chilli. However the pieces of bacon and ham were puny. We had to excavate the few pieces of the meat from under the generous blanket of cheese.
Carbs are the mainstay at Crave, which also serves burgers and sandwiches. Their Fungi Town (Rs220) fits the description of “a heart attack in a bun” and works best as a stomach liner before a bender. The burger packed in a hunk of garlic-infused mushroom mince melded with ricotta, and it oozed cheddar and truffle mayonnaise.
The two varieties of cheese and mayonnaise made the Fungi Town excessively indulgent, even more so than the Knockout burger (Rs260), which encased a perfectly medium rare, juicy lamb patty and a delicious Gorgonzola cheese sauce. However, the buns, which Crave outsources, were woefully pedestrian with thick, dry bases and overly soft sesame speckled tops.
We recommend accompanying every order with a portion of Crave’s crisp fries (Rs90) that you can pair with dips like the creamy cheese and chive sauce (Rs25) or the peppery mango and jalapeno chutney (Rs25) with which the sweet mango pulp offsets the saltiness of the fries.
Desserts here are ideally portioned in shot glass-sized plastic cups. Of their selection of mini treats we loved the hazelnut chocolate mousse (Rs75), which was as reviving as a double shot of espresso. Sadly, the vanilla panna cotta was watery, weak and more of an unset custard.
Get: Green Revolution pizza (Rs325), fries (Rs90) with cheese and chives sauce (Rs25), hazelnut chocolate mousse (Rs75).
Skip: The Great Nawab (Rs385), vanilla panna cotta (Rs75).
Prices include taxes. Crave offers free home delivery between Mahim and Worli against a minimum order of Rs300.
Crave, 3, Shivalik Building, Appasaheb Marathe Marg, opposite the Porsche showroom, near Century Bazaar, Prabhadevi. Tel: 022 2436 3600. Open daily, from 11am to 11pm.