Hailing from Australia, Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar has recently been recognised as one of the fastest growing franchise networks. To sample their interesting pizza creations, simply head down to Holland Village or some of their newly opened branches across this sunny island. Yes, the weather has been too hot recently, hasn't it?
Pika's advice: They serve a range of fusion pizza dishes with interesting sauce bases, such as hummus and hoisin sauce (Chinese sauce made of starch, soybeans, vinegar, etc.). Do take you time in deciding which one to order.
Pear and Gorgonzola Salad S$12.00
For a balanced diet, my BFF and I started out lunch with a plate of fresh rocket leaves adorned with pear slices, walnuts and Italian blue cheese. The pear slices successfully lent a nice degree of sweetness to the not-prohibitively-sharp aged cheese and the zesty balsamic vinaigrette. The walnuts, however, were the ones to blame for lowering the score for the taste as they were stale.
Oven Roasted Chicken Wings (Spicy Cajun) S$12.00
Out of the four different varieties offered, we went for the Louisiana's favourite that turned out to jolt the taste buds quite a bit, but have flavours that could be wilder. The chicken wings weren't too oily, and they went pretty well with the sweet Thai chili sauce.
Moroccan Lamb Pizza S$28.00
The fusion pizza that we chose incorporated elements of Middle Eastern cuisine. As flavourful as they were, the slices of lamb sitting on top of the tomato sauce were dry. The onion slices were, thankfully, sweet enough caress the tongue. To complete the package, baby spinach, mint yogurt and lemon were added. As for the pizza base, it could be slightly airier and crunchier at the sides.
Apple Cinnamon Crumble Pizza S$14.00
For dessert, the apple cinnamon crumble that manifested itself in the form of a 9" pizza did live up the mood. Having a crispy crust that was better than the main course, the sweet and sour stewed apples went really well with the aromatic cinnamon powder, castor sugar, raspberry coulis and of course, crunchy crumbles.
I didn't find the pizza special; should I blame it on my choice? The dessert pizza, however, was a different sweet experience altogether.
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar
34B Lorong Mambong
(Mon-Thu: 12 noon - 11.00pm; Fri-Sat: 12 noon - 1.00am; Sun: 12 noon - 12 midnight)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge.
Have a nice meal,