Craft Deli Bistro Bar is located in Pheonix Mall, Kurla and is a beautiful fine dining restaurant.
Craft stands for the crafty taste this place is designed with. Impeccable ambience, beautiful and tasteful decor. The place gets a big thumbs up for the perfection in everything, from the welcoming entrance and bakery display to the open kitchen to minimal lighting and soft music in the background and cozy cubicles to dine in. Even the menu is well curated and crafted beautifully with the graphics resembling geometrical figures.
We started with Cranberry Iced Tea and Ginger Peach Soda. Both of these were good. I especially loved the Ginger Peach Soda for the refreshing taste. Perfect blend and not very sweet! Liked this one!
Onion Rings at Craft are nothing like I have had before. Thick and mildly spicy exterior, crispy and perfect. Loved the consistency. These were scrumptious and filling.
Harissa Falafel Wraps, one of their Chef specials (as per our server) were really good too. A vegetable kabab and loads of coleslaw and pesto sauce and wrapped up in pita bread, these made for a filling choice. They come with crispy fries and a salad dressing.
Next, we called for Asian Spice Pizza , a thin crust, perfect amount of cheese , tomatoes, onions, corn, and basil and garnished with pepper. The pizza was really good.
What disappointed us was Artisanal Rigatoni. Rigatoni is basically a larger version of tube-shaped pasta. We had the rigatoni in mixed (white and red) sauce. The sauce in itself was delicious. Creamy and cheesy. What however was surprisingly bad was the half cooked pasta. The top layer was fully cooked and good but the bottom layer of the pasta was half cooked. How they managed this is beyond me!
We called for two more item – Savoury Baklava and Chocolate and Orange Terrine both of which were unavailable. The description seemed exciting and would have been good to try. But alas!
Flourless Chocolate Cake was delicious. A grainy texture and melt in the mouth consistency, loved this one. Go for it without a second thought.
Overall Experience: The place raised our expectations to such high standards, that the food seems a bit mediocre. Some of the things we ordered were good, some just disappointing. The service is good.
The Battle: You will not want to get up and leave this place. Such perfect setting, quiet and calm fine dine and yet cozy enough is hard to find.