Kura's London Restaurant Review (Part 1)
Hey everyone! Long time no blog, huh? I thought to hit you guys with something new!
I've got two restaurants for you; one great, and one that's not so great. Let's start with the not so great one! And I'll write about the great one at a later date!
Pizza Express- Balham
47 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9EY
Here's the low-down for people who want to skip the wordy bits:
Wasn't great, especially for the price. (Before you glance at the picture and make your own conclusion, keep reading!) The starter was nice (Garlic bread with cheese) but small. The main... didn't necessarily taste bad, but it was so sparingly topped that I felt like I was eating a soft tortilla with tomato sauce. I mean.. seriously the thing only had five olives on the whole pizza. When I order a large pizza for £11.50 (standard price without our deal.. which is $18) that's supposed to be topped with prosciutto, olives, mushrooms, and mozzarella, I expect to get more than 5 olives on that pizza (and maybe actual prosciutto instead of cured british ham.) I actually found a photo online that "glamourized" it. But it still looks horribly overcooked and.. well.. missing any ounce of actual cheese or topping-
I was still hungry after eating my half, and it was a large 22". We decided then to order two desserts.
One was a "chocolate fudge cake" which was indeed chocolate, but not fudgey at all. Also, the picture on the menu was incredibly misleading as it came out being only half the size as what was being shown. It was your standard grocery-store-shelf-bought slice of chocolate cake, but would have cost £5.20 alone if bought without the deal.
The second was a cheesecake with raspberry coulis. Sounded lovely on paper, but it was stale and tasteless and the same measly size as the chocolate cake slice when it arrived. The raspberry coulis was just some sort of raspberry drizzle squirted overtop, and.. the rest was just.. well.. tasteless and stale, like I said. It actually made my stomach hurt and feel hard after eating it.. which I didn't realize until I was done because I was just that famished.
Unfortunately, the service could not save this one. While our waitress was lovely and we could see the fact that she was trying to pick up the slack of some other server who was just pretending to be busy, the food, in my opinion, was just that bad that I could not justify ever coming back. I would have a better meal with a Sainsbury's frozen pizza and a beer from home. It was kind of like she was trying to warn us that the food wasn't that great or filling because she seemed apprehensive about my choices. Oh well, we left a tip for her anyway because of the effort- and it isn't her fault that the food was disappointing.
Overall: 2/10. Skip the dessert entirely- even the icecream was boring. The pizza wasn't horrible, but wasn't great. The whole menu is overpriced (at least our choices were.)
Funny enough, Pizza Express make their own pizza packaged in the grocery store. I've tried them and they were better than what was in this restaurant.
Maybe not all their chains prepared their pizza as badly as I experienced, or maybe elsewhere they kept fresher dessert, but this is not one experience I would try again. There are better pizza places in London. (ASK and Rossopomodoro just to name two.)
Hope you enjoyed my review! Let me know what you'd like to hear about more next time (atmosphere? more pictures? etc.)
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