I have been wanting to eating at Craft since it opened, but hadn't gotten round to it. Eventually I twisted my boyfriends arm and we did a saturday lunch late in January. The restaurant was quiet which gave it a very relaxing vibe, with great views over the ocean. Our waiter was great, bringing a big bowl of ice with my glass of wine without me asking. To eat we shared the Caesar Salad and Roast Baby Chicken. The salad, which was a 'deconstructed' version, was very tasty if a little mean on the chicken. The roast chicken however was a little dry and bland. They had a beautiful wood fire burning, and I kept hoping to see my chicken in there, but I think it was cooked in a regular oven. Unfortunately the flavours didn't compare at all to the salad.
2 weeks later I visited again with my bookclub for a mid-week dinner. We arrived early, straight after work to enjoy their happy hour (half price cocktails). We all ordered Dirty Martinis, which were not nearly 'dirty' enough and we couldn't taste the difference between the gin and vodka versions.
By the time we were ready to order, I was ready for a culinary treat. I perused the menu, not sure whether to go for the pizza or pasta option. I was quite interested in the Gordon Ramsay's Mac & Cheese - described as elbow pasta, peas, wild mushrooms, crunchy herb crumbs & crayfish tail (R95). I make a mean mac & cheese and I have been disappointed by restaurant pasta in the past, so I conferred with the manager, explaining that I'm looking for something impressive, and if he didn't think that this is it, let me know and I will order something else. He insisted that I was making the right choice.
Unfortunately the dish that arrived was quite disappointing. Firstly, was expecting a baked pasta, this was just mixed and plated. There were no herb crumbs. When I pointed this out to our waitress she returned with a bowl of croutons. The sauce itself wasn't even sticking to the pasta, what usually happens when the pasta is rinsed after cooking. There were no peas to be seen, and crayfish tail was in fact a langostine. The taste of the actual dish had a very strong blue cheese flavour that overwhelmed everything else.
When our waitress asked if we were happy with our meals, I said no, but nothing further was done. Neither of the 2 managers on duty came to ask us how our meal was.
I was disappointed in the inconsistency of the menu and the fact that the busier the restaurant got, the less we saw of the managers.
Cool decor is great, but restaurants need to deliver a whole lot more to stand a chance in Durban.
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