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Restaurant Review: Good pizzas at London pizza chain outlet

Serena Menon, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 04, 2013
First Published: 15:26 IST(4/1/2013) | Last Updated: 15:33 IST(4/1/2013)

We called them to book a table to be on the safe side, but our call is received with a bit of shock: “You want to book a table?!” Guess even they were not expecting to pick up steam this soon. The Indian outlet of the London pizza chain is spread over two massive floors in Colaba.

The manager, who we bumped into, explained at length how they were still coping with the lack of infrastructure here. “Our next outlet will open in BKC,” he told us. It was only after we devoured our meal that we realised that was actually good news.

We started with the Dough Balls Pizza Express (Rs 140), because it was recommended by the wait staff. The freshly baked small balls of bread were the epitome of fresh. Served with a garlic butter dip, you can have as many of these as your belly can hold. The rest of the menu can be confusing, so we picked one pizza from each of the three categories — Romana, classic and the Calabrese pizza. From the first, we ordered the Melanzane Piccante (Rs 550). Topped with aubergine, mozzarella jalapeno and rocket, this pizza can feed three people easily. The aubergines, however, felt undercooked, taking away from the overall taste.

From the second category, we called for the classic Margherita (Rs 350). As basic as it can get, the pizza was so light that we had to order another one halfway through the meal because we weren’t satiated.

The last Calabrese (Rs 725) (pizza al trancio — a rectangular pizza) was super spicy, as promised, and topped with well-done sausages, crispy red chilies, rocket, jalapenos, peppers and loads of mozzarella. This is a perfect dish for those who like their pizzas to be spicy, and loaded with everything possible.

The fact that we had to wave our hands frantically to get a glass of water at our table, too, left us with an overwhelming memory of the spice. The Linguine Alla Genovese (Rs 475) was our last order. Doused in pesto, the spaghetti intertwined with potatoes and green beans could do with a little less oil.

If it wasn’t as greasy, it would work for one person, but if served as it is, we suggest you share.    

We walked out of Pizza Express feeling great about the food, but only for about half an hour, after which an excruciating pain took over my stomach. Sickness followed as well. Though it would be unfair to pick on what ingredient played havoc, we suspect it was the rocket. The leaves, the pesticides on which need to be washed thoroughly, probably rocked our boat. But we survived. Steer clear of those greens and take a chance if you’re up to it.

What we like
The food
The interiors

What we don’t like
Melanzane Piccante

What: Pizza Express 
Where: Ground floor, Dhanraj Mahal (Next to
Le Pain Quotidien), Apollo Bunder, Colaba
Call: 6656 2633
What’s on the menu: Pizzas, pastas, salads
Drinking: Yes
Smoking: No


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