On a Friday night when you're hanging out with your best friend, pizza seems like an ideal and convenient choice. That's exactly what Carly and I were thinking when we caught up to watch the first episode of season two's Nashville - our favourite guilty pleasure show.
Crust has just recently opened up around the corner from her house in Innaloo, and neither of us have tried it so we were both eager to try it. I've heard some great things about this pizza chain, but with so many places I constantly want to try I just haven't made it until now.
We peruse the menu before going to pick up our food, our phone order ready as we walk in the door 20 minutes later. It smells damn good!
The cheese on top is lightly caramelised and toasty; it coats my mouth and offers that moorish decadence that a great pizza can do.
Since we always order gluten free base, we have a decent basis for comparison. Crust's version is not anywhere near as stodgy as they can be nor does it have that cardboardesque texture. This one is soft, tasty and holds together.
Our second pizza choice was from the meat selection - the Mediterranean Lamb ($21 for a medium sized gluten free base). We initially wanted the Moroccan Lamb but were sadly informed you couldn't select that for gluten free.
As Carly has fructose malabsorbtion and I'm allergic to capsicum, we had to amend the toppings slightly. Normally it's a slow cooked marinated lamb, tomatoes, green capsicum, spanish onions, feta and oregano pizza on a garlic infused base with mint yoghurt and lemon. We omitted the onions and capsicum, and swapped the garlic base for a tomato one. Fingers crossed it tastes good we both said!
And yes, it did. The lamb is tender and fragrant; the yoghurt topping absolutely delicious. We squeeze the lemon over the top (sadly there were pips whoops!) and the added acidity lifts each bite. It's a really enjoyable pizza.
When we arrived at Crust to pick up our pizzas, we both head straight to the freezer to check out the dessert options. They sell ice-cream and the flavours sound amazing. We umm and argh for a moment, before settling on the Salted Caramel Ice-Cream and Blood Orange Sorbet ($4.50 each). Both are gluten free and look incredible.
Salted caramel ice-cream
The salted caramel is... yes, amazing. Salty, creamy and decadent. It's oozy in all the right ways, sticky from the caramel that's ribboned through it. This is something I can definitely see myself returning to eat in the future! If only you could buy bigger tubs to store at home for the times when cravings strike.
Blood orange sorbet
The blood orange sorbet is sugary and velvety; punchy with the level of acidity. I really like it, it's sour but sweet at the same time and has a lovely consistency which rolls around on my tongue. Next time I go to Crust I will definitely need to try the Peanut Butter Disaster - it is just the kind of flavour that's right up my alley.
All in all my first Crust experience was pretty enjoyable. The pizzas are inventive but not in the over-the-top manner that other places can have. I'm looking forward to trying some other flavours soon.