Some great little eating places have come and gone in and round the Boronia area in recent years. That's what happens when suburbs undergo changes in their demographics. It can become an interesting exercise to seek out and find new places where the food and the environment is good.
Recently finding myself in the Boronia Mall, I discovered Crave. A relatively new eating place (or relatively new I found out when I asked around.) Crave advertises itself as a restaurant, a bar and takeaway and it does all these things well.
While Crave gives its address as Dorset Road, its entrance sits in a laneway between Dorset Road and the Boronia Mall. The entrance is half way up the laneway and well signed. To the left of the entrance is a deck which is fitted out comfortably for both young and old and the day I visited there were a number of small families seated out there.
The interior of Crave is well set out with a wide aisle down the centre of the second dining area. A constant changing coloured wall design is non intrusive but attractive and the lighting is subdued but bright enough for comfort, with natural light coming in from the large windows along the front as well as the sides of the restaurant.
Being a senior person and having to maintain a budget I was impressed to see that Crave has a small but quite comprehenvise menu for serniors lunch. Lunch is served up until 5.p.m. I chose the Crumbed Calamari, lightly fried with salad and a sweet chilli sauce. It was delicious. The Seniors Menu is $12.90 and includes coffee, soft drink or house wine. Soup of the day can be added for a further $5.00,
The takeaway menu is comprehensive and includes starters and entrees, mains, pizzas, gourmet pizzas, salads, pastas, risotto, desserts and drinks. Crave's cake selection is a temptation for everyone.
Crave sits on one side of the ample parking area of Boronia Mall. There is limited parking on Dorset Road itself, so it is well worth driving into the carpark at the Mall to ensure a parking space.
My visit to Crave was most enjoyable. Even though I was alone, the friendly wait staff gave me the choice of where to sit. Crave has many tables and chairs and also an area that has a number of booths. Booths are becoming much more popular these days and when I was at Crave, I noticed many families and older folk choosing the booth seating in preference to the small tables. At one end of the restaurant there were a few cosy corners for those people who like to get close together when dining.