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Crust Bros

Restaurants, Pizza Waterloo
2 out of 5 stars
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Crust Bros

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

Sometimes not even decent food can save a restaurant. So it goes with Crust Bros, a Neapolitan-style pizza parlour on traffic-choked Waterloo Road. There’s a DIY concept (the pizzas are customisable by bases, sauces and toppings), but also a few preconceived pies on offer. Everything I ate was decent enough. A ‘control’ number, made with a regular Neapolitan base plus pesto and mozzarella, had well-charred, pillowy dough and a wafting, herbaceous flavour. A house-designed Cheeky Bro, with mozzarella, tomato, punchy guanciale pork jowl, spring onions and scamorza (that mild cheese that looks like a knobbly brown tumour) was similarly well-made. No complaints.

But – and it’s a massive, all-encompassing BUT – the experience of dining at Crust Bros was abysmal enough to undo the enjoyment of anything I ate.

Deep breath: the relatively new space already looked tired and grubby; the ‘Aperol bar’ was abandoned and covered in cleaning junk; and the draft beer was off. Ordering at the counter was painfully slow and staff were either sat on their phones, or eating, or paying more attention to the constant rotation of Deliveroo drivers than, y’know, IRL punters. Once our order was finally taken, it came out in dribs and drabs (the pizzas only take 90 seconds to cook, so God knows why). And finally, our – admittedly cheery – waitress cleared a dining room’s worth of dirty crockery one plate at a time. When another waiter had to put his cigarette down to pick up our finished dishes, I was truly done. As will Crust Bros be if they don’t fix up quick, serviceable pizza or not.

By: Tom Howells

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Address: 111 Waterloo Rd
Waterloo
London
SE1 8UL
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
Price: Dinner for two with drinks (wine on tap), no service: around £35.
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Crust Bros have recently opened up a branch opposite Waterloo tube station serving up freshly baked and delicious pizzas. You can build your own pizza, starting with the base, then adding your choice of pesto or marinara sauce and adding toppings of your choice, ranging from grilled veg to various meats. Or you can choose from a number of pizzas with some pretty good names such as Notorious P.I.G, Kaling Me Softly and White Boy. There is also the option to ‘vegan’ up your pizza or opt for a gluten free base.


We went for one build your own pizza with pesto base and courgettes, mushrooms, caramelised onions and mozzarella topping (fantastic for vegetarians!) and one Seven Nation Salami: Margherita topped with Tuscan Salami  and sprinkled with Parmigianna Regiano DOP. Both were fantastic pizzas with crispy edges, perfect gooey cheese and loads of tasty toppings – we ate them pretty quickly! Not as quickly as they were made though…they take just 90 seconds to bake in their awesome oven. The staff were helpful and friendly and there’s plenty of room for sitting in and munching some really good pizza. 

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