My friend asked me the other day, “What if the world was only made of burgers, which one would you be and why?” It was so random and absurd but anyways I replied back with the obvious answer being BEEF and she went all ‘animal killer’ on me and it just lead to an argument that got us craving burgers. So the next thing we know, we are at the steps of Bandra’s new eatery.
CRAVE, as the name goes has been around for months now but I waited for it to come closer to home to visit. It’s not that I don’t enjoy traveling for food but sometimes I tend to become a little lazy now and then.
This quaint little café lost in the bustling suburb of Mumbai is not very hard to find. Just look for YELLOW as everything about this place revolves around that colour from the wooden high tables and stools to the eye-catching walls…
It’s this bright, happy yellow décor that creates the cheerful ambiance!
It has a very casual dining set up and even though they do home deliver, I would suggest to dine in and enjoy your meal.
The soft ambient lights and monochrome flooring… It’s all such a delight! It may be a hole-in-the-wall kind of place but don’t be fooled as it dishes out some of the best food the city can offer. It’s the perfect place to go to when you want to grab a quick bite.
With carbs being their top most priority, they never go wrong with the flavours. It’s got a limited menu yet very interesting offerings to choose from such as pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and fries to name a few. You’ve got to come here with a big appetite and do justice because it serves crave, comforting food that will want you coming back for more.
Burgers were on top of my list so I began with The Fungi Town (Rs 220/- ) which I would warn you to be cautious about as this one burger can take you straight to your grave but totally worth it! It consists of minced mushrooms fused with ricotta, yellow cheddar cheese and a good dollop of truffle mayo. The caramelized onions were a hit! It is a bit messy to eat as the patty keeps falling apart but kickass flavours! I’m usually not a veggie person, but this was not a bad choice at all!
The Knockout (Rs 260/- ) was a lightly toasted bun consisting of a medium rare, juicy lamb patty cooked to perfection and gorgonzola cheese. Now that’s my definition of a perfect burger! Although, I really wished I could get my share of beef but was happy as I was compensated with an extra rasher of bacon. I found the patty to be a bit dry so the overdose of cheese definitely helped. A good bet for all you meat junkies out there!
Along with the burgers, you cannot miss out on the hot, crispy fries that are crunchy and so tasty. I haven’t eaten such amazing fries like these in a really long time so I was on top of the world! Something that really fascinated me was the fact that they serve it in the fryer itself.
Also do try them with some of their in-house dips that are absolutely fabulous. I tried the barbecue dip for the love of all things sweet and I enjoyed it. I felt the whole concept of dips was really cool as otherwise you would be served the boring tomato ketchup or mayo.
If you have place for dessert and I’m sure you will, the Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse is a must have! The rich chocolate and that texture of the mousse… It’s like a trip to the chocolate factory!
The Tiramisu is another great option for all you coffee geeks out there! I wasn’t too pleased with it though as it had strong flavours but didn’t really stand out!
I was on a small appetite as I had stuffed my face the entire day so couldn’t eat much but I’m definitely going to be back soon to try out their ice teas and pizzas as I hear so much of it.
What really caught my eye while leaving was this cute sign that read ‘No beef but there is always a bacon of hope’
They serve you simple food at the cost of barely nothing. That’s what I love the most about these kind of places. You feel satisfied at the end for what you are paying for.
Now I believe I’ve found my place for awesome food served with love and would I ever choose Burger King or Mc Donalds over this? Not in a million years!
Ground Floor, Sai Pooja Building, 16th Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai
(The author dined anonymously and paid for her own bill)