KRUSTY’S ALL DAY BISTRO AND BAR in Kharadi is the place to visit for cuisine from Europe to the Mediterranean and everything in between
If you want to try some delectable fare from Europe to the Mediterranean and everything in between, KRUSTY’S ALL DAY BISTRO AND BAR in Kharadi is the place to visit.
Eating at any food joint, however big or small, is an experience. You get tempted by a whiff of the food in front of you.... the surroundings please your visual senses, and a positive vibe permeates into you without you realising it. It is a complete deal. Kharadi has been a developing place both as an IT hub and residential
paradise. No doubt, eateries of all sorts have sprung up here like mushrooms in the monsoon. While some keep the interest alive, others sadly wallow in their bare existence. Soon they become history. But one just cannot deny the fact that this area is throwing up options that might interest the layman foodie who does not mind going the extra mile to chow down their favourite grub. Krusty’s All Day Bistro and Bar, on the other hand, time and again beckons you. Nestled in the heart of the IT space hub of the city, it is hard not to miss the place, as it is located in the prime City Hub at WTC. Surrounded primarily by IT professionals, the chances of this place being thronged by these employees are high indeed. This bistro, known for being a casual dining place serving European, Continental, Italian and Mediterranean food, is quite filled during weekdays. One needs to applaud their foresight in coming to a place that was developing just a few years ago. Krusty’s first outlet at Kothrud opened up almost five years ago and has gathered a fair share of regulars. They vouch by the grub offered at this all day bistro. While the location is perfectly suave to hang out, reaching here would be a tough task for those wishing to come here, since it means dealing with the nasty
traffic on Nagar Road, which is for now the only way to reach it from any side. An upcoming bridge near Mundhwa would be a blessing, one can say. Till then, navigating through tough traffic is the only option, one can say.
A SIGHT TO SEE
It’s quite easy to locate the bistro as one enters from the East Gate. Large full glass windows allow one to see into the completely European cafe with its bistrolike interiors. There is an option to sit in the open, which is great in summers. Its complete openness is something that might put you at ease. There is nothing hidden here. Breezy weather at night in the summers is to die for. The interiors definitely give you a feeling of sitting in an American casual diner, but with a touch of sophisticated Europe to it. A part of the sitting area is outside, where you find more a mix of informal seating and high table experience. Inside, again, American diner-style plush seating mixes well with wooden seating arrangements. You have an option of small or large tables as per your need. If you choose to dine there in the evening, the lighting is mellow, yet allows you to not squint to see the person in from of you. The theme of the decor is completed with wooden panels all around and chairs that reek ease. The lighting seen around is a mix of modern yet unusual elements. The thing that strikes you of Krusty’s is the spaciousness that one can feel. There is ample seating, but chances are, you will not be eavesdropping on your neighbour’s conversations. While trying to feast on the food, the open kitchen (with glass windows of course) allows you to view the staff prepare the meals. Check out the writing on a wooden panel that makes all the good food connections with the bistro... It
makes you want to taste the food more. The display, consisting of different food related utensils and more, adds a special touch. But enough said about the décor, and now we move on to a restaurant’s main offering – the food. After all, that is what you have come for at Krusty’s.
ON THE MENU
Krusty’s Kharadi is its second outlet in the city. It first opened in Kothrud, where the menu is almost the same, except for slight changes to suit the tastes of the largely upper middle class Maharastrians with a finer taste in food. The Kharadi outlet too is similar, but has variety suiting the more cosmopolitan crowd that either works in the vicinity or stays in and around the area. The bonus point here is the fact that you can get served alcohol, and that too varied types. Friday nights or even weekends are at times reserved for some musical outings to create a mood. All set to attract the crowd, one can say!
Once you know that the drinks are part of the menu, the chances of visiting any eatery goes up. Krusty’s gathers one point on this account. Apparently, the wines and cocktails are popular options. Hard drinks do find buyers, but not much as the first two. As usual, you can buy the wine either by glass or by bottle. Keeping up with the demand, it would interest people that craft beers too have a presence in the bistro. There are two options – beers from White Owl or Independence Brewing Company. It is quite good to see all kinds of tastes met here. The highly popular sangria was tried out and it was not disappointing at all. The combination of red wine and apples and a hint of orange created a rather good effect on your mind. The crunchy
apple and wine blended well and was a perfect starter to the meal.
SOMETHING TO APPETISE OVER
While sipping the sangria, it was time to sample the appetisers, of which there were plenty. Choosing amongst the options, we started with Trio of Bruschetta. The trio options were Roasted Beet Mousse and Black Olives, Herbed Cream Cheese and Onion Compote, and Creamed Spinach and Confit Tomatoes. The Roasted Beet Mousse and Black Olives option was a surprising one, as the slight sweetness of the beets mixed well with the tartness of the olives. Herbed Cream Cheese and Onion Compote could be a good option if you like the slight sweetness of the onion compote that paired well with delicately herbed cream cheese. The Creamed Spinach and Confit Tomatoes was good, but a rather typical option as the creamed spinach cut down the wellroasted tomatoes’ tartness. Looking at the Terrine of Feta, Charred Bell Peppers and Zucchini, one felt quite upbeat and it did not disappoint. The onion, red wine and port marmalade had just a hint of sweet that went well with the feta (not Greek variety). Of course, the olives, sundried tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette cut down the saltiness of the feta and lent its unique taste to the dish. The salad bed of rocket and balsamic reduction and basil oil provided great flavour. The Pan Seared Kaffir Lime and Lemongrass Prawns served with Fried Lotus Stem would be a popular choice if you are a seafood lover along with enjoying South East Asian flavours. The zesty flavour of kaffir lime and lemongrass added a citrusy flavour to the pan seared prawns. You just gulp down the prawns in a jiffy. As far as appetisers are concerned, Krusty’s have got it right.
ON A MAIN ISSUE
The mood quickly shifts to the main course – the menu items that will make or break any eatery. Keeping in mind the fact that the place has its hand in European, Continental, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines, trying out a bit of everything is the need of the hour. The appetisers interested the foodies, but the real test of the bistro starts here. What might interest people in choosing the Thyme and Balsamic Lamb Chops is the fact that despite a lot going in it, the taste is sublime. Along with the well-made pomme puree, asparagus, spring onion bulb, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots and micro basil, the tender meat that just falls off the bone has a certain delicate flavour courtesy the pomme puree. Lamb aficionados will want to try this for sure. One can call the Mediterranean Herb Crusted Pan Seared Red Snapper to be a pretty neat choice, but it pales in front of
Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Black Olives & Fresh Red Chillies
Red Wine Sangria
Trio of Bruschetta
Pan Seared Kaffir Lime & Lemongrass Prawns