Craft is a great spot for a group of friends, though do expect them to be indecisive, as the entire menu is so tempting. Your best bet is to start by sharing a warm salad, like the Mediterranean. It comes with mixed greens topped with falafel balls, beet-infused hummus, tahini, fat helpings of feta and avo, and basil pesto. Or, for something meatier, the sharing board is a feast of juicy rump kebabs, sticky ribs, boerewors and more, with a side of carbs and sauce.
The mac and cheese is made with fresh home-made pasta, surprisingly gluten-free – and very creamy. Pro tip: Add peppadews and chorizo or exotic mushrooms and chicken. The seafood wood-fired pizza is juicy and not soggy, and, if you’re fond of surf and turf, look no further than the sirloin. It’s topped with queen prawns, goat’s cheese and chorizo-stuffed calamari, before being drizzled with lemon and butter, and served with a dunking roll.
Burgers are not what you’d expect. The ‘Less the Bread’ beef burger is made with a grilled cauliflower rosti, a 200g beef patty and spicy pineapple coulis, and is topped with a courgette fritter. If you’re not banting, go for the pulled pork burger, which is topped with Emmental cheese, mustard aioli and tomato compote. Other options include burgers made with chicken breasts, tuna, chickpeas or lamb.
There’s a reason why they’re called Craft. The list of ‘artisan quenchers’ is lengthy, but well worth poring over. Warm drinks are served with a welcome twist, for example, the hot chocolate comes as sliders – an indulgent trio of mini hot chocolates. You can also expect a range of interesting craft beers and ciders on tap or by the bottle, as well as artisan gin, whisky, vodka, countless cocktails and an extensive wine list.
Attentive, efficient and helpful, but space is tight when the venue is full, so at some point you might feel inclined to ask the waitrons not to hover.
Heaving, especially over the weekends. If you plan on going out with the kids, breakfast or lunchtime is best. It may not be the spot for a quiet, intimate dinner either, but is definitely the right upbeat atmosphere for a festive night out with a few friends.
Don’t forget to book, otherwise you’ll be seated at the corner bar indefinitely.
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