A tiny piece of Paris in our city
Café with patisserie and sandwiches
Atmospherics: Every food critic dreams of walking through some random door and having the meal of their lives. Well, that wish was granted not too long ago, when I walked into a lipstick-pink door that said Cravity, and spent the next hour in what could have been a café in the 5th arrondisement of Paris, partially hidden by trees in a side road. The owner was not there and the staff was relaxed: clearly off their guard yet attentive and polite. The food and drink I had was brilliant – far better than I dared hope, the service was more than adequate, the wifi password was given unhesitatingly and it worked like a dream and the bill was unbelievably low. You don’t have to come here to eat and drink: just pack one of the many kinds of breads, croissants, macarons, pastries or entremets and enjoy them at home or gift them to a friend. They are all of an extremely high order – the kind that a deluxe hotel would be proud to display.
Table talk: Though the sandwich menu is fairly comprehensive, I chose the ham and cheese croissant (Rs 150). It was an inspired choice. Dainty with a million tiny leaves of crispness in the croissant, the chicken ham would not be out of place in France and the cheese too was French brie. The bad boy burger (Rs 325) was a masterpiece crossover between French cooking and desi tastes. A brioche bun, topped with sesame seeds was filled to capacity with lamb mince that was bursting with flavour: cognac, orange juice and bordelaise sauce. It is extremely filling and can be had in place of a meal. While I would not necessarily visit Cravity in search of dinner, it is a place like no other to spend a quiet hour at any time of the day. Just the good cappuccino (Rs 120) and a tiny macaron to nibble on: choose from slightly unusual flavours like beurre salé (Rs 90), Laphroaig (Rs 100), fig and cinnamon (Rs 90) and chocolate (Rs 90). I thought the beurre salé could have had a trifle more salt.
Plus and minus: Sunil, a server, is polite and efficient. After the quality of the food, it was the service that impressed me the most.
Must try: Cravity decadence (pastry), pain au chocolate, After Eight brownie
Food: 4.00, Service: 3.75, Décor: 3.50
A-15A/1 Hauz Khas
Open from 10.30 am to 10.30 pm
Credit cards accepted; no alcohol served
Meal for two: Rs 1,500 (with main course)