Had a lovely meal at Croma in Chorlton on Tuesday. I always walk past this place and see the fancy neon sign on the outside, and think to myself ‘we should go there one night’.
I have read a few reviews of Croma, some have said it’s the best pizza they have ever had, others have whinged about being cold and small portions. Lets see shall we…
After a long day at work me and James trotted into Chorlton centre and rocked up at Croma. We were seated straight away near the window so I could do a bit of nebbing at the beardy Chorlton-heads walking past. We were given the menus, and it was awesome to see that everything on there was under £10! Bargain!
We decided to have a starter each, I went for the Buffalo Mozarella (which ended up being like a Caprese salad…my favourite) The tomatoes were huge and juicy and the cheese was soft and creamy with basil. I just wish my basil plants at home would grow like this.
James went for a Garlic Bread with Tomato sauce – he was too quick to start eating, so I didn’t grab a picture of that, but I got a nice picture of mine:
I was having a bit of a nosey at everyone else’s food as it was coming out of the kitchen and the salads looked really good, James was interested in the Duck Salad but because he is a MAN and wanted (cave)MAN food, he went for the Peppered Steak Pizza (again, didn’t manage to snap a picture before he demolished it). I went for the Inglese Pizza, which is essentially a fry-up on a pizza – including the egg.
How very continental! The black pudding was from Bury Market and it was the nicest black pudding I have ever had. Definitely need to invest in some of that.
We were both REALLY impressed with the quality of our pizzas, the dough was really thin, which is perfect for me, so i didn’t get all boffed up eating it, and could really enjoy it.
I really dont understand the other reviews going on about small portions, if you think a whole pizza is a small portion, I think you need to give your head (or your belly) a wobble.
James said his pizza was really nice, however as the sauce on the pizza was peppercorn sauce, he missed the traditional tomato base. The pizza was really thin and blackened in some places, which proves it was cooked in a properly hot oven.
Croma always seems to look empty from the outside (which is a bit off-putting at first), I think thats mainly because of the conservatory, which is empty in winter/colder evenings. It obscures the bustling inside, which can seat up to 50 people!
The only (ONLY) criticisms I could make, was that we (I) felt that we were sat on top of other people – it felt a little bit cramped and that everyone was listening to your conversation (no dirty talk over your pizza plz).
I think if you were drinking alcohol with your meal (we weren’t…school night and all) it would hike the price up, but we paid £27 for our 2 starters and 2 pizzas and 2 soft drinks. If you had a pizza at somewhere in the city centre you would be looking at around £40 easily.
Only thing that could have made this better was an Oasis Ice Cream for pudding!
I would like to try and go to the early-bird special next time and try a goats cheese salad.