If there’s one amazing thing about Liverpool (aside from the football teams, the docks, the parks, and the city itself) it’s the cities amazing restaurant scene. New joints seem to be popping up all over the place, left, right and centre and each is as good, if not better, than the last. Crust Liverpool is one of these places, and boy is it a mighty fine addition to an already impressive list of dining experiences. Bold Street, where the restaurant is homed, is pretty iconic in itself, with a whole streets worth of restaurants, cafés, cute little kitsch stores and bars to get lost in! I’m pretty lucky in the sense that I’ve already eaten at Crust Liverpool a few times, with my friends, but when I was approached by them asking to come and try out their menu, I definitely jumped right at the opportunity!
It’s fair to say that I’ve never really seen a menu as interesting and original as the one at Crust Liverpool, and I think that this definitely adds to their appeal and to their inevitable success. My accompanying pal and I were greeted at the door by one of the waiters, Andrea, and he saw to it that we had a nice little table slap bang in the middle of all the action. The restaurant was full to the brim, which I was surprised at because not only was it 6pm on a Thursday night, but Liverpool were playing at Anfield so I (wrongly) presumed that town would be quite quiet as far as the restaurant scene goes. Me being the clumsy old me that I am immediately knocked a knife off the table- Andrea immediately whisked it off the floor and brought me over a nice, clean new one and his excellent customer service spoke volumes from the offset. He made sure that we were comfortable in our drinks choices, explaining about the number of different beers on offer as
well as answering all of my questions about the different choices of wine. I went for a classic Cosmopolitan cocktail whilst my friend had a glass of one of the Italian red wines, the Primitivo del Salento. I absolutely can’t stand red wine myself but even I agreed that this one was absolutely delicious, so if you’re a fan of the red stuff definitely give this one a go! We also ordered water for the table and everything arrived as we ordered, incredibly quickly. Staff were super attentive and made sure all our needs were catered to whilst we were waiting, which was absolutely fantastic.
For starters, we decided to order two different ones and share between us (by share, I mean as soon as my friend’s food arrived, I instantly decided it looked much better than mine and wanted to try some of theirs. Luckily a good friend meant sharing!) I went for the Prosciutti di Parma, which was a platter of parma ham, buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes. The portion size was incredibly generous and I wasn’t disappointed by the taste either. The tomatoes were some of the freshest that I’ve ever tasted, the mozzarella was dressed with olive oil and the Parma ham tasted like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. I lived in Italy for a four month period a few years ago and had Parma ham, mozzeralla and tomatoes (or often melon) for lunch pretty regularly. I thought I’d tasted the nicest ever Parma ham there, but I was definitely wrong. The stuff they serve at Crust might as well have been gold plated, it tasted that good. My friend went for calamari, which was cooked perfectly, chewy just as it should be, and lightly battered. He did underestimate the “spicy” salsa it was served with and was blown away with the spice but otherwise was pretty chuffed with his choice of dish as well.
Between courses, the guy who runs the joint, Paolo, came over and introduced himself to us which I was really impressed by. You could tell that he has a real, genuine passion for his business and prides himself on the traditional Italian menu with a twist that Crust provides. We asked him about a breakfast menu and he let us know that such a thing does actually exist, so I think we’ll be coming back at some point to try that one out for ourselves! We then ordered our main courses, and unsurprisingly, we both went for pizza. Andrea returned and explained all about the different types of dough that Crust offers, from plain pizza dough to five grain to an incredibly inventive black dough blended with natural vegetable charcoal. Apparently this dough helps with your digestion and detoxes the body! I’m a bit of a bore when it comes to pizza and tend to order the same thing everywhere I go, so I went for the Diavola pizza- spicy salami and mozzarella. Simple, tasty and satisfies me every time. My friend was much more exciting than I was and went for the Italiana: cheese, rocket, cherry tomatoes and Parma ham, on the black dough.
At this point, we were both feeling pretty stuffed. We got the little bit of pizza we had leftover packed up in takeaway boxes, which was fabulous (I enjoyed my lunch the next day!) We were going to order a dessert between the two of us but we spied tiramisu on the menu and decided to get one for the road.
Did I say tiramisu? I meant BIRRAmisu. As in, beer flavoured instead of coffee. Think that’s weird? I got ravioli chocolate. So wrong but my, oh my. It tasted so right. I think I’ll be returning just to taste that sweet dessert again! It tasted like everything that is good about the world and was well worth the stomach
cramps I got for the rest of the evening. Dairy probs.
Overall, I was absolutely overwhelmed with the service and the food provided by Crust Liverpool. Andrea was an absolute star and made sure that everything was perfect for us for the entire evening. I have to say, this was the case on the previous times I’ve been to the restaurant so they’re definitely consistent in their service and were in no way just playing for the review.
Food was provided for review purposes but as always, all opinions are true to form and my own.
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