I honestly did not know what to expect at Krustys. And I have given up on reading reviews because I invariably end up going with a pre-conceived notion. Defeats the whole purpose of reviews, I get it. But to each his own.
Moving on…I decided to spend my Saturday afternoon at Krustys. And I personally feel more comfortable meeting people over lunch, rather than a dinner and a late night scene. (Age is catching up on me) A friend and I headed over to this bistro situated a little after Euriska, Koregaon Park. I don’t remember having much of an appetite when I walked in…but Krustys has other plans for me.
Krustys boasts of wood panelled, brightly lit European interiors that have a mixture of vibrantly coloured yellow booths, long garden tables and some modern designs in the form of white chairs and their accompanying tables. The counter and bar are right next to each other, brightly lit, giving the whole place a very cheerful vibe. We settled in at a booth – looked a little more private, and I loved the colors.
The staff was extremely attentive, and took us through the menu with ease. They were also very knowledgeable when it came to the preparations- not only did they answer all our questions, I noticed that they cleared the doubts of the occupants of the surrounding tables too. The manager was visiting each table from time to time, without being too in our face, you know what I mean? Helpful, without being annoying. Though they did forget to serve us water for quite some time…will have to cut points for that!
We had the choice of drinking wine, but
1. I don’t drink and
2. It’s afternoon. I definitely won’t be opting for any wine.
Instead, I ordered a mocktail for myself. The Red Orange Lemonade seemed like the perfect drink for a sunny afternoon, so well, why not? If you’re looking for something refreshing and light, go for it-
French Beans and Grilled Chicken Salad with Orange Segments, Caramelized Almond Slivers and Passion Fruit Emulsion
One word- wow. I don’t even like salads, but wow. A sweet and tangy salad which is light on the stomach, not to mention DELICIOUS? Hahaha, yes. This stayed on our table for quite some time because we couldn’t stop eating it! If you’re watching your diet, or just in the mood for something healthy, don’t miss out on this one, please! They’re very generous with the quantity of chicken and French beans, so it’s all good.
Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Spiced Mango Dip
This looked like a regular chicken Satay. The chicken strips wee soft and easy to bite not, even afte they had cooled down. It was a pretty okay preparation- I found the flaor of the herbs a little too overwhelming, but my friend seemed to love it. To each his own I guess. The mango dip is something exciting, though the sweetness overpowers the taste of the chicken.
Black Olives, Sundried Tomatoes and Basil Pasto Stone Baked Pizza
A thin, crispy , buttery crust with a gorgeous mix of smooth cheese, tangy tomatoes and olives. Very light on the stomach, and definitely worth a try. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to go on to the mains if I had too much of it, but I was fine even after 2 slices.
Slow Cooked Rustic Vegetable Cassoulet
This one was ordered by my friend who seemed to give quite a positive response to the dish. Served with a bowl of rice between a thick gravy made of mixed vegetables, this one was once again extremely light on the stomach, and a nice change from the regular dishes. I guess the vegetarians could try this one out :)
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Roulade with Red Wine Jus
I don’t think words will do justice to the beauty of this dish. Chicken wrapped in bacon served in a red wine sauce and mashed potatoes? I could eat this for the rest of my life. This is enough for one person. If you have a tiny appetite, 2 of you could share this. But there is no way you’re missing out on this one, nope.
Orange Centered Dark Chocolate Mousse with Caramelized Ginger and Orange Sauce
One bite, and we didn’t speak for the next 5 minutes. Enough said. Lovers of all things chocolate, drop in here for this divine creation. You could thank me later.
They open at 9:00am every morning, and I am now extremely tempted to visit this place for breakfast. There’s something about this place that reminds you of a garden brunch table setting, which is why I feel breakfast might just be a good idea. Soon.
Overall, a splendid Saturday lunch that went on for over 3 hours. Definitely worth visiting again.