French & Italian
Blurb: Small and cozy, it is tucked away in a quiet corner of the Saket malls.
Intro: As soon as you enter, you are transported to a French bistro; the appearance on the menu of crepes heightens the likeness.
Atmospherics: The cheerful, cozy vibe of Crepe Rit is the best part about it. With one bright red wall, a shelf of books that you can pick up and read while you are there, and light meals rather than enormous platters of food, Crepe Rit is a great choice if you’re idling for an hour alone or with friends. It’s on the ground floor and being behind Select Citywalk, is easy to access.
Table talk: The galettes section is the best. A galette is a savoury crepe made with buckwheat flour. We ordered simply cheese (Rs 295) and got a rather unfortunate mozzarella filling, whereas it should have been Emmenthal cheese. We would have been better served perhaps ordering the French classic galette complet (Rs 350) with cheese, ham and an egg. The menu, by the way, is liberally peppered with options that include ham, but no beef. So the burger and the steak are both made of lamb.
However, a galette is a light meal or a hearty snack and is recommended when fine food is not the main objective. Salmon steak (Rs 895) was the highlight of the meal. The size was generous and the sauce creamy and complemented the fish perfectly. The dessert was a crepe: strawberries and cream (Rs 195). What I appreciated about it was the fine balance between sweet and tangy. Neither was the sweetness quotient overpowering. There are many other crepes that include lemon and sugar, Nutella, chocolate and banana etc. Given the informal settings, Crepe Rit deserves a visit off mealtimes, just for a crepe or two.
Plus and minus: The menu is a masterpiece of easy to order favourites from France and Italy. It is certainly more impressive than the actual talent in the kitchen. Some of the dishes we ordered needed urgent reworking. The interesting “oven fresh” croissant filled with prawns with seafood sauce (Rs 295) turned out to be rather stale croissant with half a prawn and thousand island dressing. The Italian meatballs (Rs 255) were tough little pellets with a strange sauce covering them.
Must tries: Aglio olio pasta, Margherita pizza, deep-fried calamari
G 8, Southern Park Mall, Saket
Open from 11 am to 11.30 pm
Credit cards, alcohol
Meal for two: Rs 1,500