Friday, 20 May 2016

Crust Liverpool Review


I was kindly invited to go with Laura for a meal at Crust in Liverpool to try out what they have to offer. I'd heard good things about the restaurant from word of mouth so was excited to go and see what all the fuss was about. As soon as we entered we were greeted by a friendly member of staff who was very welcoming and took us to our table. We went for our meal at 6pm on a Thursday and there were already quite a few tables taken, and it soon started to fill up not long after we arrived. It had a very rustic and cultured feel, from the decor to the open plan kitchen with a stone bake oven. Crust offer four different dough bases: Original, Five Grain, Organic and Black, plus the gluten free options. 



Enjoying an ale now and again, I was intrigued to try out some of the local offerings. After having a look through the list, I opted for the Penny Lane Pale (3.9%), which was a very light and easy to drink beer. It has a subtle citrusy and fruity flavour which was perfect to have with a meal. 



I was really impressed with what the menu offered, and it took me a while to decide what to go for. In the end me and Laura decided to share a Garlic and Mozzarella Focaccia, which turned out to be a good decision as it was about the size of a medium pizza, so for a starter this is very generous. Don't think its quantity over quality though, as it was one of the nicest I have ever had. I was glad to see there was plenty of cheese so it didn't taste too doughy, with the garlic being subtle enough not to take over the flavour. 




Onto mains, and once again it was a hard decision as to what to choose, so we ended up picking two dishes to split. I ended up going for the Pollo pizza, which was mozzarella, chicken breast, grated potato, parmesan and rosemary. I went for the Five Grain base and it was a generous sized pizza with a good portion of toppings. It had an authentic taste that was a welcome change to what I have tasted at chain restaurants. Laura opted for the sausage burger, which was a homemade Italian sausage, served with a sweet potato mash, french fries and salad. You also have the dough choice for the burger bun and Laura chose the organic one, which was a nice change to a processed burger bun. The sausage was slightly spiced which gave it a nice flavour. 



Part way through my main, I decided to go for another ale, this time opting for the Toxteth IPA which was a stronger beer at 6.5%. This had more of a kick to it, with a fruity, earthy and malty flavour and was similar to some IPA's I've had before. It's not quite as easy to drink with a full meal being a bit stronger, however it would be perfect if you just wanted to grab a beer and something light to eat. 


After finishing the mains, we decided to have a browse of the dessert menu, and ended up deciding to share the Ravioli Chocolate. This was different to anything I've had before but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a sweet ravioli filled with chocolate sauce and finished with a dusting of cocoa powder and icing sugar. Overall I was really impressed with everything about Crust, the friendly staff, great food and relaxed atmosphere, and I will definitely be going back to try out some more of the menu and ales. 

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*Complementary meal in exchange for an honest review.
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