G/F Uptown Place Mall, 36th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
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PizzaExpress is a UK Pizza Chain that previously opened in Manila, Philippines last decade. After closing a few years ago, I'm glad it has re-opening in Manila, and it couldn't be in better hands than the Tasteless Group. It opened to the public in Uptown Mall, BGC late January 2018.
I got to try this last year in London, and I loved it then, a combination of great pizza, impeccable service, and a fairly reasonable price.
Fortunately, an invite was extended by Tasteless' owner, Charlie Paw through looloo a few weeks ago.
PizzaExpress offers freshly made pizzas and pasta, using fresh ingredients. I love the fact that Tasteless worked with PizzaExpress to make ingredients locally sourced, as much as possible. Inevitably, not all can be found locally, like their Burrata cheese. More on that later.
At PhP 195, these adorable Baked Dough Balls will literally get the meal rolling. It's served with pesto, sundried tomato pesto and garlic butter; I highly recommend the garlic butter and pesto. This could use more filling in the dough for my preference but it works, nonetheless.
The appetizers themselves could already be filling so it's best to pick what's best for you. My picks would be the Baked Dough Balls PhP 195 ($4), Burrata Caprese PhP 525 ($11.50) and the Bruschetta Originale PhP 215 ($4.50). The Mozzarella Tomato Salad PhP 275 ($5.50) is a more affordable alternative to the Burrata Caprese.
The Burrata Caprese is a soft cheese lover's fave because of the richness and great blending of the mozzarella, stacciatella and cream. The only thing missing here is the accompanying bread.
The Leggera Superfood salad is an impressive looking salad. Filled with vegetables and nuts, and packed with ingredients rich in fiber and protein, this is a salad lover's monster of a salad plate. At PhP 390 (~$8), it can fill about 2 to 3 people, assuming they share another item. I liked the flavor of the balsamic syrup that adds flavor and light sweetness to the salad. I've to sheepishly admit that salad isn't a go-to for me, so while I'm impressed by this, I'd sooner order the pizza and starters instead.
PizzaExpress has two types of pizzas -- the Classic, a Neapolitan 10" pizza that's got a good crust while maintaining just right thickness throughout with a few crunchy bites on occasion. The Romana is slightly bigger (13") and thinner, giving it a more consistent crunchy texture throughout.
I first tried the Lava Pizza (Classic) which is a bit pricey at PhP 695 ($14) but that's because of the Burrata cheese used on top of the cherry tomatoes, and olives. This was an excellent first bite and set the tone. I loved the crust of this, which is what I consider to be a more extravagant version of the typical Margherita Pizza (which is just mozzarella and tomatoes). Yet it remained fairly simple and extraordinary at the same time. A winner so far. 1/2[
The biggest surprise and probably my favorite of this evening was the Liguria (PhP 430, $10.50), a seafood with Romana crust. Loaded with mussels, oysters, squid and prawns, along with complementary ingredients, and using bechamel sauce, I absolutely loved this. The bechamel sauce gives it a lightly sweet flavor, which is perfect for me as I like to experiment beyond the usual tomato sauce base of pizzas and this reminds me of what I do with my usual pizza delivery. A must try!!!
The other pizzas we tried were also quite good such as,
+Quattro Formaggi (Four Cheese - mozzarella, parmesan, emmental and gorgonzola (I didn't try this during the sponsored dinner; I did try this upon my return a few days later and it was amazing!) 1/2
PRO TIP: if you're keen to try more than one pizza flavor, they allow splitting so I came back and ordered half Liguria and half Quattro Formaggi since both are Romana pizzas.
+Le Rose (Romana pizza) PhP 470 (~$10), a combo of pancetta, chicken, Calabrese sausage, and topped with prosciutto and basil. Perhaps I got the wrong slice but this was just good, not worth of a standing O. 1/2
+American Hottest (Romana pizza) PhP 595 ($12), I've never tried a pizza whose sole purpose is to burn one's tongue with so much spiciness. What drew me to this was their unique 'nduja Salami, an addicting ingredient. It looks like dark smudges on the surface. According to Hakim, PizzaExpress' regional head, it's a specially made "sausage" from the Southern region of Italy made with lots of spices. Overall this pizza was intriguing but not something I'll keep on ordering, especially with so few people I know that are into really spicy pizzas. Still if one is game for a lot of heat, this is that pizza.
+Giardiniera (vegetarian, classic pizza) PhP 370 (~$7.50), which has lots of veggies on top, was not to my liking. It was too wet that the classic crust was squishy. Need improvement. Feedback was so given to the PizzaExpress guys.
We only tried 2 pastas, the,
Spaghetti Frutti di Mare PhP 395 ($8), a good chunk of pasta and seafood toppings. I'm not a pasta person and I especially don't do tomato based if I can help it (give me olive oil base or cream base any day of the week if I must do pasta), but theirs is just right acidity and sourness so it's a good option for sure.
Their Penne Pollo Piccante PhP 340 ($7; penne pasta with chicken, basil and tomatoes), was just so so.
The dessert we tried during the dinner was just all right. I'm not into chocolate based desserts typically, but the ones I tried, Big Bad Brownie and Chocolate Fudge Cake (PhP 260, $5 each) were fine but not impressive.
Upon my return, however, I liked very much their Tiramisu PhP 295 ($6). Moist, flavorful with their coffee powder, light yet most enjoyable dessert. This makes up for the aforementioned chocolate based desserts.
PizzaExpress Uptown BGC ratings, at a Glance:
> Food : 1/2
> Service : (very good in both my visits; this applies to both kitchen and dine in staff. The dough balls ideally could be more dense)
> Ambience :
> Value for Money :
> Price : $$$ 1/2 moderately priced for most dishes. Though there are pricey dishes.
OVERALL : 1/2
> Worth a try - Yes
> Worth a return - Absolutely! In fact, this review takes my 2nd visit into account.
PS. My first visit was a sponsored |looloo Rendezvoos!
Thanks Peanut D and Charles P!
Cross posted in abeventures.wordpress.com!
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Officemates decided to have dinner here. What we had were 4 kinds of pizza and 2 pasta dishes
Forgot the names of the dishes that we ordered (haha) but what I loved best is the seafood pasta (in pic) and the seafood pizza in white sauce (no pic since my phone died on me)
Food was a hit and miss (the pizza with sausage toppings tasted bland) though I would have to commend their price point.. our total bill was only 2700 for what we ordered (for 7 people)
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I was never a fan of pizza since I was a child. My siblings and I were happy with what we thought was the best pizza then, the pizza that we always had. But now that I am being exposed to all sorts of cuisines and cooking techniques, I am finally getting a clearer understanding of how food should taste like, and how I want it to taste like.
Yes, I was not a fan of pizza, and I'm still not a fan, but I'm also done with the boring pizzas that we have these days. So when an opportunity to have a more authentic Italian experience comes knocking, I make sure I take it. This time, it came as a looloo rendezvoos at Pizza Express.
Pizza Express is an Italian restaurant brought by The Tasteless Group to Manila all the way from the UK. I'm not really very familiar with the background of this brand, but with a history dating since 1965 and hundreds of branches across the globe, I knew I was in for something great.
|Baked Dough Balls P195
Baked dough balls served with garlic butter, pesto Genovese, and pesto rosso
|Bruschetta Originale P215
Tomatoes, onions, pesto Genovese, garlic bread
|Mozzarella Tomato Salad P275
fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, pesto Genovese, basil
|Burrata Caprese P525
Burrata cheese, red pepper, pesto Genovese, rocket, pine nuts
Out of everything we tried, my taste buds were happy with the burrata caprese the most. I loved the creaminess of this cheese, and the unexpectedly delicious taste when combined with all the other ingredients. The baked dough balls were also the talk of the table, and I really liked how fluffy and soft the dough was, regardless of the dips (because all tasted great to me).
|Leggera Superfood P390
I think this salad might be the weirdest (and healthiest?) I've ever had in my life. It's composed of mozzarella, avocado, roasted pumpkins, beetroot, lentils, green beans, baby spinach, mixed leaves, pine nuts, and basil, all tossed in balsamic syrup.
|Liguria Romana Pizza P430
The Romana is one unique pizza for me. It's like a seafood pizza with prawns, mussels, and squid, but with bechamel sauce as the base. It's a heavily topped pizza but it didn't feel so heavy to eat.
|Le Rose Romana Pizza P470
The Le rose was my favorite among all the pizzas we've had. It had chicken, Calabrese sausage, prosciutto, and basil, but the topping that really made an impact for me was the sweet and salty pancetta.
|American Hottest P420
Don't laugh at me, but I only had a tiny piece of this pizza, but without the toppings (lol), because I was afraid that the hottest pizza from Pizza Express will numb my tongue. Even with that small piece I was able to feel the spice level of the pizza.
I loved the burrata caprese, and since the lava pizza also has burrata mozzarella and basil over almost purely tomato sauced pizza dough, it's not so hard to love it as well.
Ever heard of a vegetable pizza? Pizza Express has one that doesn't look and taste much like a healthy pizza. It's loaded with pumpkins, mushrooms, roasted peppers, olives, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and their basil pesto. Yum!
|Spaghetti Frutti di Mare P395
If there's a seafood pizza, then there's also a seafood pasta. Pizza Express' spaghetti frutti di mare was incredibly satisfying with all the prawns, clams, mussels, and squids tossed with the pomodoro-sauce spaghetti.
|Chocolate Fudge Cake P260
The chocolate fudge cake may be a simple and moist chocolate cake served with vanilla ice cream and strawberry slices, but I liked it because of its bittersweet taste.
Two things I was able to really appreciate from Pizza Express are the flavors of their dishes and their dough. The flavor of their dishes was spot on - flavorful, yes, but nothing really overboard, unlike most pizza places these days where you'll eventually get tired of the taste of their pizzas after a few slices. Their dough was soft but not to a soggy extent, which made eating the crust of their pizzas more enjoyable.
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PizzaExpress is probably one of the time-honored restaurants with over 50 years of experience. This pizza chain stretched across the globe not just to bring UK to the table but also bring the PizzaExpress experience with the brand's skill to adapt and meet the overall expectation of diners, pole to pole.
PizzaExpress graced us with this experience as they open up a branch here at Uptown Mall. The restaurant looks very come-at-able with its open space and lucent lighting. Who wouldn't feel invited if you see the dough-guy tossing pizza dough from the outside? Open kitchen is a huge plus for me - I love to see the action and it only means that they don't have anything to hide.
We started dinner with some of their best appetizers; Baked Dough Balls, Mozzarella Tomato Salad, Burrata Caprese and the Bruschetta Originale and all of them were delicious. My favorite was the Bruschetta. They did not go through the usual route of putting tomatoes, onions and pesto on baguette. Instead, they used garlic infused pizza dough as base. I also loved the dough balls because it's just the right size and something enjoyed right out of the oven. It is best to consume warm and they serve it with pesto Genovese and pesto Rosso but I like smearing them both on top. The Burrata Cheese was delicious and it did not have the unpleasant after taste of eating too much cheese. It had a clean, creamy and fresh taste in every bite. I was not too excited about the Mozzarella Tomato Salad because I don't have a liking for tomatoes except with salted egg but not with this dish. I guess the generous serving of mozzarella really helped.
Who hates salad dressing? ME. Which is why PizzaExpress' Leggera Superfood is nothing but perfect for me with its fresh combination of vegetables, fresh mozzarella and some balsamic syrup. They did not put too much balsamic glaze and just allowed the blend of mozzarella and vegetables to impress the palate.
Aside from the restaurant's adaptability, another thing that PizzaExpress is famous for is their dough, it is fresh and hand-made. They serve pizza two kinds; Romana (13") and Classic (10"). I am not really exposed to other types of pizza except for the usual pan pizza or NY Style. The pizza even looked raw when it was served with all the greens but once you take a bite, BOOM! Pizza Heaven.
My favorite was the Liguria Romana Pizza. It was a combo of prawns, mussels squid, clams, capers, olives, garlic, lemon, parsley with some breadcrumbs for added texture. I think this is the only Romana pizza without tomato sauce and mozzarella and they used bechamel sauce which I thought was genius. I have never heard of bechamel on pizza because most of the time it is paired with chicken. They did not have too much of each ingredient and only tossed in just the right amount to give that perfect seafood harmony in each bite. I also enjoyed the Lava Classic Pizza because it has a mix of my favorite ingredients from the appetizers, Burrata Mozzarella with some basil and cherry tomatoes on top a perfectly-made thin crust.
They were very generous to serve us with a few more of their top picks like Le Rose Classic Pizza, Giardiniera and American Hottest which in my opinion were all equally good. It only depends on what you prefer. I think the key here is the dough and having just the right amount of the best and freshest ingredients to make that perfect pizza. I guess they have mastered it already with years of experience.
The spaghetti frutti di mare was okay for me. I think the prawns, clams, mussels and squid were all cooked well but I am just missing that oomph from a seafood combo in pomodoro sauce. In my opinion, what will help is if the pasta was a little bit thinner so that the flavors can be more appreciated. Some of the looloo reviewers enjoyed the dish so I guess it really boils down to preference.
I only got to try the Big Bad Brownie from two of the desserts that were served. It was served in a tiny jar with chunks of brownies, wafer, Italian biscotti and caramel sauce on Vanilla Gelato. For the taste, I find it expensive for PHP260.
Overall I'm giving this place 4.5 Stars.
Thanks again Peanut D. ! First looloo rendezvoos for the year.
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I try to be exposed to new brands, new restaurants, and new food groups to experience new cultures and tastes. It's also like upping my palate and discovering new boundaries for myself.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of being invited by the Tasteless Food Group to a sponsored tasting event. It was awesome to be dining with a new crew, who introduced me to PizzaExpress, a UK-based brand that boasts of fantastic food, a passion for music, and iconic design.
PizzaExpress is right smack at the ground floor of Uptown Mall, BGC. In fact, they have a cute dough balls installation right in front of the big mall sign! Makes you crave for one of those dough balls dipped in garlic buttery goodness!
Once you enter the restaurant, you are greeted by tall windows, high ceilings, and beautiful smiles from its pleasant-faced staff. Very welcoming indeed! The restaurant's cosmopolitan feature wall has a stylized gilded London map, a perfect homage to PizzaExpress being founded by Italian Peter Beizot in downtown Soho. Once you're inside, the distinctive music lends a classy feel to the place, similar to a hotel. Again, the welcoming wait staff proved you're in for quite a treat.
°Baked Dough Balls - P195
The Baked Dough Balls are definitely appetizing. Munch on these while waiting for your orders. These are served with garlic butter, pesto Genovese or pesto Rosso. I still can't make up my mind which dip is my favorite.
°Bruschetta Originale "PizzaExpress" - P215
These are garlic bread rounds topped with tomatoes, onions and pesto Genovese. Also a great opening to an Italian meal.
°Mozzarella Tomato Salad - P275
A very refreshing mix of fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and more of their pesto Genovese, and basil. The cheese and tomatoes marry well and prepare you for more yummy Italian food.
°Burrata Caprese - P525
One of the restaurant's crowd pleasers, this dish's presentation was spot on. The immaculate white Burrata cheese is surrounded with red peppers, pesto Genovese, rocket and pine nuts. Take a chunk of the burrata and smear some pesto, and voila, a perfect combination of textures and flavors. The Burrata was soft and you can tell it's high quality. Mind you, their burrata comes straight from Italy!
°Leggera Superfood - P390
Described as "superfood salad packed with fibre and protein", this came in a very hefty round plate, and looked amazing with all the colors of the avocado, roasted pumpkins, beetroot, dotted with fresh mozzarella, on top of baby spinach, basil and mixed greens. It also had an assortment of lentils, green beans, crushed pine nuts, and tossed with balsamic syrup. The sweetness of the beetroot and the taste of the avocado married well with the tangy acid of the balsamic syrup. Best for big groups who love to eat healthy!
On with the pizzas! They have the Romana Pizzas which are around 13", they have a bigger, thinner, crispier crust, and greatly inspired by pizzas from Rome. They also have Classic Pizzas, which are more of the traditional Neapolitan 10" pizza size, more chewy and is perfect with their tomato sauce.
°American Hottest - P595
I love this pizza because it's spicy and addictive. Topped with the right amount of
pepperoni, and spicy 'nduja salami, this pizza is made even hotter with fresh green peppers, jalapenos, and red chili, finished with fresh mozzarella and parsley. The 'nduja salami is of Calabrian variety and is made from various meat cuts and trimmings plus roasted hot peppers which give the salami its fiery taste. I love spicy stuff and this pizza did not disappoint!
°Liguria - P430
Your seafood pizza made more interesting with bechamel sauce, instead of the usual tomato sauce. The thin crust was peppered with huge prawns, mussels, squid, clams, capers, olives, breadcrumbs, garlic, and parsley. Squeeze some lemon to bring the whole thing together. I love the crunch of the thin crust and the breadcrumbs, making me a fdan ofd their Romana pizzas than the Classic ones.
°Le Rose - P470
The Le Rose boasts of lovely Pancetta, chicken, and Calabrese sausage, finished with prosciutto and basil. The salty pancetta was certainly a burst of flavor, combined with the sausage and marinated chicken.
°Giardiniera - P370
This is their version of vegetable pizza, which features roasted pumpkins, mushrooms, roasted peppers, olives, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and a helping ofd their pesto Genovese. At first glance, I can't help but be reminded of pinakbet, on a pizza. This one though proved to be soggier, maybe due to the tomato sauce on the bread. I took some slices home for the boo to try and he liked it.
°Lava - P695
Who does not love Burrata mozzarella? On a pizza? Even better! Chunks off and basil torn over a baked pizza topped with olives and cherry tomatoes.
°Spaghetti Frutti di Mare - P395
A new favorite of mine. Every twist of the spaghetti is coated in the spiced pomodoro sauce and a huge helping of everything too - prawns, clams, mussels, and squid. This is the most packed Frutti di Mare I have tasted ever.
°Penne Pollo Picante - P340
More on the light and creamy side, this pasta has spicy marinated chicken, cherry tomatoes, and baby spinach. Perfectly paired with sparkling wine, I can imagine myself eating this with my gal pals.
Speaking of wine, PizzaExpress also features an extensive selection of red and white wines. My foodie friends tried glasses of the Montepulciano and Trebbiano wines. Very potent but excellent pairs to the pizzas and the pasta dishes we have consumed.
The sweettooth in me applauded upon seeing these two mouthwatering desserts.
°Chocolate Fudge Cake - P260
This one's a thick slice of chocolate cake served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. The contrasting warm and cold temperatures make you crave for more sweet forkfuls of this!
°Big Bad Brownie - P260
Served in a cute mason jar/canister, this one's a treat for the eyes too. Warm buttery chocolate brownie chunks, topped with vanilla gelato, some cream, sprinkled with crushed Italian biscotti, vanilla wafers, and pistachio, with generous drizzles of caramel sauce. The gelato and cream were quite light but the brownie chunks were divine. For the price, I'd love to have more of the brownie please!
I can say it was one of the best dining experiences I've had. I highly recommend this for big groups who want to try something other than their regular pizza brands. You'll get bang for your buck as they don't skimp on ingredients, specially their fresh mozzarella. I can't wait to bring my 2 pizza monsters here soon!
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The start of the pizza craze here in the Philippines was probably around 90’s where chains of pizza place keep sprouting here and there that offers thick oily pan pizza or salty thin crust ones BUT then we’re all okay with it, besides its consider a big deal having a pizza for dinner or as snacks back then. But imagine half way across the globe PizzaExpress already exist decades before Macaulay Culkin’s open endorsement of pizza at home alone movie or our favourite ninja turtle making it look cool. But just like coffee culture here in PH that comes in waves, our “pizza culture” might probably share a similar ride, along came some better brands that serves pan pizza, then brick oven pizza places started to show up. And then there’s PizzaExpress.
PizzaExpress has branches on several cities across the globe but I first heard of it from Peanut D. forthis rendezvoos. I didn’t heed the advice to lower my carb consumption on that day and it resulted in 3 hours fun filled carb night. Part of the fun carb night was of course the food. It was FUNtastic. Haha, enough with the intro and let’s dive onto the foods.
- Baked Dough Balls @195
o This are the little dough balls with 3 dips namely garlic butter, pesto rosso (red one) and pesto Genovese (green one). This is a good appetizer, but honestly i didn’t find anything interesting on the dough balls, maybe its best consume while still warm. But i would recommend the pesto rosso among the 3 dips.
- Bruschetta Originale @215
o These looks like the typical Mediterranean bread but instead made of garlic ones with ample Pesto Genovese, tomato and onions in the middle. These are of good quality but the next items are the interesting ones. :)
- Burrata Caprese @525
o I’m no expert when it comes to cheese, i'm fairly limited to cheddar, mozzarella, and of course our quezo de bola, the most variety of cheese ive consume are those served on sosyal events that i cant even remember the names. So when it was served, i cant help but imagine whats inside. LOL. I’ve personally wanted to paint eyes, nose and mouth on the huge garlic like cheese. :P First time i tried the Burrata and its a winner for me. The milky gooey mid part was really good :) Straight out from Italy and down to your dinner plate.
- Mozzarella Tomato Salad @275
o Initially i didn’t realize these are big chunks of mozzarella, since i’m used to the baked mozzarella, something that is cold, fresh and milky was a good take on mozzarella, and top it with globe and cherry tomatoes, it was top notch. What I really like from this salad aside from the cheese was the ample amount of cherry tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are staple in other countries, sadly not here, glad to have fresh and ample ones on this dish.
- Liguria Romana Pizza @430
o This pizza made the solid mark on me giving this place 5 stars. Unless something terrible happened i’m partly biased after tasting this dish for the rest of night. Shrimp, Mussels, Squids, Capers, Olives, and so on.... It has this distinct smell upon served that would made seafood lovers go jumping out of their seats. While I strongly advise those who have allergies on seafood to bring your allergy pills as these are irresistible. Did i mentioned they have superb crust???
- Lava @695
o Hand in hand with the above mentioned Pizza, i was really impressed with this one. Having huge chunks of burrata mozzarella, basil, whole olives and cherry tomatoes, all of which are my favourite ingredients made this dish another 5 stars. I’m sure this would be classic favourite.
- Le Rose @475
o Pancetta, chicken, and Calabrese sausage. So far the protein pizza that we had, and it was actually not bad. :)
- American Hottest
o This pizza has so much history on it. I remember Hakeem pointed out that the distinct ingredient here was the “nduja” which originated from a small town in southern Italy. Digging little further these are sometimes called peasant sausage made from pork belly or shoulder mixed with peppers and spices. On this dish, it looks like Chinese chilli paste. I personally think that spicy dishes are either hit or miss in Philippines since unlike south korea not all are fond of spicy foods but this one hit the spot. Im not fond of spicy dishes but i love this one.
- Giardiniera @370
o Finally a vegetarian pizza that is really yummy. Pumpkin, mushrooms, roasted peppers, etc that aint boring. This pizza is a little bit soggy compared to other coz of the present of water inside these plants but i really didn’t mind it at all.
On to the pasta:
- Spaghetti Frutti di Mare @395
o Very delicious, Seafoods (Prawn, mussels, clams, squid) all were super fresh, and to top that pasta is al dente.
- Penne Pollo Picante @340
o It was an okay dish but not something incredible as compare to the others.
As for the dessert, the brownie was really good, it has the taste of quality rich chocolate. But i prefer having it served on a light coloured plate for contrast and aesthetic since the price dictates it.
Location was good. It can be easily spotted from the main entrance or coming from the basement parking. Service was excellent. Looking back i think this is one of the best rendezvoos i’ve had in a while, quite deserving of 5 stars that it reckons another visit the following day. :D :D :D
Always a pleasure to meet and catch up with fellow loolooers
Norman Lester T. Cindy S. Midz S. Jayson J. Abe C. Ruth S. Angela Marie C. Kiko G.
Thank you again Peanut D. for the invite and PizzaExpress for the sponsored event.
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Thank you looloo and the tasteless group for having me in this sponsored event. Also, congratulations to the tasteless group for bringing UK brand pizza here in the Philippines.
What i am also particular with pizzas is their crust. Pizza Express impressed me with theirs. Their crust is not cloying, they have two types actually, one is the classic crust which is the normal thick ones. The other one is their Romana pizza. It’s a 13” super duper thin crust — as in! Actually, with just the crust, i could easily give them a 5 already— because crust palang, set apart na from others.
Baked Dough Balls @195PhP
Soft pizza dough shaped like balls. It’s normally full daw according to the chef, but really, i like it a little airy inside, i could stuff the dip inside— garlic butter, pesto rosso (tomato base pesto) and pesto genovese (or the green pesto that we are used to eat)
Burrata Caprese @525PhP
They say it’s much better than Gino’s— i couldn’t tell because i haven’t tried G’s. All i can say it’s cheese is so fresh, mix it with the bell peppers, Genovese, and nuts!
Bruschetta Originale “Pizza Express” @215PhP
Chops of tomatoes, onion, and a spread of pesto Genovese on garlic bread. I don’t find it that spectacular.
Mozzarella Tomato Salad @275PhP
Fresh white mozzarella blocks, slices of globe and cherry tomatoes, basil and Genovese.
Leggera Superfood @390PhP
Really a superfood! It got avocado, roasted pumpkins, beets, lentils, green beans, baby spinach, pine nuts, mixed beans dressed in balsamic syrup. But the thing is, the balsamic dressing was few. I was not able to taste the dressing, but totally blown away by how the salad can give you your fiber and protein needs!
Generally, i was looking fir a more tangy tomato base pizza, all their tomato based pizzas kinda lack that tanginess im looking for... the sauce fades away after a few chews. What only remains is the taste of cheese and bread and some special toppings.
Torn Burrata mozzarella a basil leaves, more cherry tomatoes that makes the pizza moist, and whole pitted black olives to taste.
I like this pizza because of its veggie contents— pumpkin, mushrooms, bell peppers, garlic, cherry tomatoes, pesto Genovese, and my favorite, whole pitted black olives!
These types of pizzas got really lovable crusts! So do order pizzas from this entree.
No mozzarella, not tomato based— béchamel based instead. It got a lot of garlic and seafood—prawns, squid, clams! Plus my favorites combinations— capers, olives and lemon!!
Le Rose @470PhP
I love the bacon tasting prosciutto and basil combination. Was not able to try the piece with chicken and calabrese sausage.
American Hottest @595PhP
I dare you!! This is only recommended for people with very high tolerance over spice. This is the “bomb” as termed by chef. The “chili oil”-looking topping that you’ll see is actually a very spicy salami called “‘nduja”. Jalapenos and red chilli is also included in the toppings. I am not kidding, not a single portion of the pizza has safe level of spiciness. Haha. This is actually good to pair with their very full-bodied red house wine.
More of their pizzas: it’s not sliced evenly
Spaghetti Frutti di Mari @395 PhP
I love this pasta! Obviously tomato based, the sauce is thick and has a kick of spiciness after. It got mussels, prawns, squid, clams and cherry tomatoes.
Penne Pollo Picante @340PhP
I think the taste of this spicy sauce is a little weak. The penne was aldente though chicken shreds’ texture were like corned beef.
Big bad Brownie @260PhP
Don’t think the price is right. The taste of the brownies were good, a little salty. But there was a ton whipped cream —more than the vanilla gelato. There were a couple of wafer sticks, drizzled with caramel sauce. The pistachios and crushed biscotti—“insignificant” amount.
Chocolate Fudge Cake @260PhP
I love this one better. But price could improve a little. I’d buy this for 210 or so.. the cake is really moist, it’s covered with hot chocolate ganache. In the middle of the moist cake, is a layer of chocolate frosting. So good. It has a vanilla gelato at the side.
Over all a quick five for the quality of crust, although i find the taste lacking the tangy taste (which is absolutely just my preference), i still like it. Prices of pizza is not bad at all, but desserts could really improve the price. I love their full bodied white and red wines. PE wishes to broaden its pizza flavors. It’s already proven in that PE really adapts to its place (as to the preferences of the people) 4.6!
The place could accommodate around 100pax. The place got a feel of “freedom” because it’s spacious, and got a high ceiling.
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PizzaExpress is finally here in Manila and I am so happy it is! I saw this restaurant being constructed in Uptown Mall a few weeks ago, so I was counting the days until its opening. And then fortunately, I got that fateful personal message from Peanut D. And when she mentioned that it was for PizzaExpress, I quickly obliged because this was actually one of my favorite restaurants in Hong Kong!
PizzaExpress is a restaurant originally form UK and has branched out to different countries over the years. The founder, Pete, went on a number of travels in his early life and fell in love with Italy. On his return to the UK, he was surprised to learn that there were not a lot of good places to have great pizza in his home. This is when he decided to open up shop, taking inspiration from the many Italian pizzerias in Rome, and the rest was history. Now, they have over 400 branches in the UK and about 100 across Asia.
I was lucky enough to try two of their branches in Asia, specifically in Jakarta, Indonesia and in Hong Kong. As mentioned earlier, I absolutely loved my dining experience in HK, and my visit in Jakarta was amazing too. This got me nothing but thrilled to join the tasting here in Manila and before anything else I’d like to say already that I REALLY LOVED IT AS WELL!
Here’s a rundown of everything we had and my comments on each item. I just want to put it out there that everything we had was mind-blowing for me, and I can’t wait to have them again really soon!
1.) Baked Dough Balls - PHP 195
“Our famous baked dough balls served with garlic butter, pesto Genoves or Pesto Rosso”
This was such a wow for a starter! It set the bar up high for everything we will try already because it uses their pizza dough, and it was just amazing! It was chewy, and seasoned beautifully and served with amazing sauces. I could easily get full downing a plate or two of these, but I really controlled it because I was itching to try more! The pesto sauces, both green and red were so delicious, I’d like to buy them in jars soon!
2.) Bruschetta Originale “PizzaExpress” - PHP 215
“Tomatoes, onions, pesto Genovese, garlic bread”
This was another OMG-so good dish! Instead of the familiar hard bread used for this Italian dish, they used their wonderful garlic bread also made form their pizza dough, and it just slayed me. It was so tasty and fresh all at the same time.
3.) Mozzarella Tomato Salad - PHP 275
“Fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, pesto Genovese, basil”
I ain’t a vegetable person, but this salad was wonderful too. They only used fresh ingredients and it shows as the tomatoes were crunchy and juicy and sweet, and contrasted really well with the basil and pesto, and the cheese was smooth and creamy. So good as well!
4.) Burrata Caprese - PHP 525
“Burrata cheese, red pepper, pesto Genovese, rocket, pine nuts”
This dish was delicious as it was pretty to photograph. The colors were beautiful, and the flavors were amazing! The cheese was to die for, and the greed peppers complemented really well with the smooth and creamy Burrata. If I were to order this again, I probably wouldn’t share. Hahaha
5.) Leggera Superfood - PHP 390
“Our superfood salad packed with fibre and protein. A mix of fresh mozzarella, avocado, roasted pumpkins, beetroot, lentils, green beans, baby spinach, mixed leaves, pine nuts, basil, balsamic syrup”
Again, let me reiterate that I do not like eating vegetables a lot, so if I appreciate a vegetable dish, then it must be very good. And this one got me eating like a true vegetarian. I had so much of this because it was so tasty! Every ingredient was fresh and very flavorful, and I really loved it!
6.) Liguria Romana Pizza - PHP 430
“Prawns, mussels, squid, clams, capers, olives, breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, lemon, béchamel sauce (no mozarella and tomato)”
OMG, this pizza is awesome! I think this is the first time I really enjoyed a white pizza with seafood. The flavors of on this pizza blends so perfectly, very well thought off and curated. The texture of the dough is consistent too!
7.) Le Rose Romana Pizza - PHP 470
“Pancetta, chicken, and Calabrese sausage. Finished with prosciutto and basil”
This pizza gives all the happiness of an all meat pizza but not being overpowered by all the protein. The tomato sauce and mozzarella goes so well with the toppings and the wonderful thin crust pizza. Again the dough is wonderful and just consistent across their menu.
8.) American Hottest - PHP 420
“Pepperoni, spicy ’nduja salami, fresh green peppers, jalapeños, and red chilli. Finished with fresh mozzarella and parsley”
This would definitely be an instant favorite to a lover of spicy food. I took a slice of this with everything on it, and really pushed myself to finish it with all the elements because I wanted to try it as how the creators of this pizza wanted it to be. I actually liked it a lot. It is indeed spicy, but the flavors were all still there. Your sweat might reach your temple, but it is worth it. That spicy salami is unique and very tasty and in spite of me having very little tolerance to hot food, I’d still recommend this.
9.) Lava - PHP 695
“Burrata mozzarella and basil torn over a baked pizza topped with olives and cherry tomatoes”
I think after one bite, I stopped and just closed my eyes in thanks. It was absolutely delicious, I think I got to heaven in a second. Everything on that pizza is just awesome: the taste, the texture, the balance and the freshness of ingredients. I can only speak of good things about this pizza!
10.) Giardiniera - PHP 370
“Pumpkins, mushrooms, roasted peppers, olives, garlic, cherry tomatoes, pesto Genovese”
This is the most vegetarian pizza that PizzaExpress has. When this was served to us, I was mostly attracted to the beautiful colors of the toppings on that pizza. Chizbun - Cherrie P made a very nice comment which I completely agreed with. She pointed our that the slices of the vegetables were not too small, that you can really see which is which, and which makes it very beautiful. It also shows how fresh the produce are. I really loved this pizza, even for the big meat eaters like me.
11.) Spaghetti Frutti di Mare - PHP 395
“Prawns, clams, mussels, squid, and cherry tomatoes ina spiced pomodoro sauce”
I fell in love with this pasta dish in an instant. The flavors of the seafood is still very pronounced even with the tomato sauce. The spiced pomodoro is wonderfully seasoned and the pasta is al dente and just amazing. It a very well balanced dish, and it is just so delicious!
12.) Penne Pollo Picante - PHP 340
“Spicy marinated chicken, cherry tomatoes, and baby spinach in creamy and spicy sauce”
Another amazing pasta dish, this was also so delicious. I liked that they keep the texture of the past spot on. The spice level was just right that it only enhanced the flavor of the dish, and not overpower it with too much heat. Yet again, this dish is so good!
13.) Big Bad Brownie - PHP 260
“Chocolate brownie chunks, vanilla gelato, cream, crushed Italian biscotti, vanilla wafer, pistachio, caramel sauce”
This dessert may be a tad too simple for its price tag, but still I liked it. It was a totally feel good dessert with everything sweet you’d want to have after a lot of savory items. I guess after all the binging on carbs, there won’t be too much room for dessert, contrary to the popular saying. So If I were to come here, I probably won’t plan on getting desserts anymore, and just focus on the pizza and pasta.
14.) Chocolate Fudge Cake - PHP 260
“Our famous home-baked chocolate cake”
This was surprisingly delicious, especially the chocolate center. It was so flavorful and just amazing! I wanted to eat more, but I got so full with everything else we had. I’ll probably be back for that.
We were able to sample some of their choice wines. Their wines pair really well with their food, and I couldn’t complain. Everything we had was definitely amazing!
I must also commend on the impeccable location of this restaurant. Prime and easily found, you won’t miss it at all!
I only have high praises for this restaurant, and I am thrilled that whatever I enjoyed in the two previous countries I went to that I got to try the same restaurant, the consistency and there and the authenticity of their flavors is spot on. I cannot wait until they come up with distinctly Filipino flavors, as I remember that PizzaExpress HK came up with a Peking Duck Pizza that’s only served there. When we asked the owners if they’ll come up with something like that here, they gave us a resounding yes, but probably not too soon. In any case, I am definitely looking forward to my next visit here!
Alsways a great night being with |ooloo reviewers! Norman Lester T Cindy S Midz S Jayson J Chizbun - Cherrie P Cris M Will C Abe C Ruth S Kiko G Peanut D
***Note: The event is sponsored by PizzaExpress in Uptown Mall, BGC, Taguig as partnership with |ooloo. All food items have been chosen by the restaurant based on their discretion.
**More photos in the blog!
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Pizza Express is now in the Philippines! Orginally from London, they are now open at the ground floor of Uptown Mall, BGC and we were invited for a fun |ooloo rendezvoos!
Pizza lovers all over the metro, rejoooice! We all have Mr. Charlie of the Tasteless Group (Bad Bird, Le Petite Soufflé) to thank for for bringing it here in our shores!
We arrived at the place around 8PM and it was packed. Definitely a good sign! 🏻 Loved the classy interiors and the open kitchen where you can see the pizza doughs being freshly made in front of you. Got to sample most of the items from their menu, and trust me, everything was super good! —
Baked Dough Balls
These little balls of heaven are sooo good and really addicting! I can honestly eat it all day! Their signature dough in bite-sized balls that’s served with garlic butter, pesto Genovese and Pesto Rosso. I had it while it’s still warm and slathered a generous amount of pesto Genovese, and dear Lord it was addictingly good!
Bruschetta Originale “PizzaExpress”
Garlic bread, pesto Genovese, tomatoes, onions.
This is only my second time to try Burrata so I’m really no expert on this, but one thing I can say is that it was super fresh! I love how one bite and literally it melts in your mouth.
🥗 Leggera Superfood
I’m not a salad person but I enjoyed their salad offerings. The Bosco had large chunks of avocado and mozzarella cheese. Though I wish it had more balsamic dressing. Also, the Leggera Superfood lived up to its name — it’s legit superfood with all those beets, roasted pumpkins, lentils, green beans, baby spinach and other leafy veggies! I immediately felt healthy after having two bites. Haha! It was beautifully plated too!
One of the best-tasting and best-looking gourmet pizza I’ve ever had. Not kidding! Pizza Express perfected their dough and all the other ingredients/toppings were just icing on the cake.
Topped with huge chunks of burrata mozzarella, basil, whole olives and cherry tomatoes. It looks and tastes amazing! Though I’d recommend eating it fresh from the oven, leave it too long and the burrata mozzarella eventually makes the pizza all soggy. Snap a pic or two then dive right into it! 🤤
Pancetta, Calabrese sausage, chicken, prosciutto and basil.
Topped with prawns, mussels, squid, clams, capers, olives, breadcrumbs with béchamel sauce. This pizza is every seafood lovers’ dream come true! ♥️ No tomato sauce or mozzarella in this one, you’d think it’d be dry but it isn’t. It’s really good and I definitely loved the brininess. This is my favorite of all the pizza that was brought out, give me a box and I can definitely finish it everything. #sorrynotsorry
Not gonna lie, I wasn’t able to fully enjoy this one because it’s too damn hot! Haha. It’s aptly named American Hottest for a reason. I’m sure people who loves anything spicy would enjoy this, I can personally attest on behalf of my foodie friends present last night. Well, to be fair, I did try a bite so I can write something about it, and deeeym!Gumguhit sa ilong yung anghang! 🌶🌶🌶
Spaghetti Frutti di Mare
Penne Pollo Piccante
I usually go for white-sauce pasta, but I immensely enjoyed these tomato-based pasta. The Frutti di Mare was just so on point, it’s tasty without being too overwhelming pasta was al dente. I loved the hefty serving of shrimp and mussels, they didn’t skimp on that so yay!
Also, the Penne Pollo Piccante was a surprise! I have a low tolerance towards spicy food so I appreciate that it was just mildly spicy. It’s creamy with large chunks of chicken.
Big Bad Brownie
YASSS to the Big Bad Brownieeee! It may look like your regular chocolate cake at first but I promise you, it’s sinfully good! I’m drooling just by writing this. 🤤🤤🤤 Super rich with a velvety texture. Have it with the vanilla ice cream on the side, and bam! It’s the perfect ending after all those carbo-loading.
It was indeed a very scrumptious pasta-and-pizza-filled evening. Food was no doubt top-notch, service was also amazing. Shoutout to their proactive staff. I’d definitely go back with family and friends. Pizza will always be a comfort food, something you’d crave after a long day or just because. Pizza Express got it down pat.
Again, thank you Pizza Express and to the ever generous Mr. Charlie for this deliciozo sponsored dinner. And many thank you’s to Peanut D for the invite! The 3-hour ninja dinner break was worth it.
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“PizzaExpress is something that’s not old, but it’s not young. It doesn’t get old, nor young.” This is one of my key takeaways from last Friday’s |ooloo rendezvoos. It only goes to show that PizzaExpress is timeless, and can adapt to its market, location, and trends. And I think this is also the reason why the brand is still here, still strong and kicking, and actually growing since 1965.
It’s so hard to say no to Peanut D.'s invite so despite being busy at work, I made sure to attend this carbo-filled rendezvoos. And it was actually a good decision.
PizzaExpress is a restaurant that originated in UK. The founder, Peter Boizot, wanted to have great tasting pizzas in UK. He loves art and jazz, so one can expect beautiful interiors in every PizzaExpress branch. The one in Uptown Mall is actually pretty good with a nice view of the kitchen. I love the fact that customers can see how their orders are prepared. I also like the colors of the interiors – gold, green, blue, and brown. It’s not your typical bright and artsy restaurant, but it’s both simple and sophisticated.
For the food, my three favorites include Baked Dough Balls, Burrata Caprese, and the American Hottest Pizza. Trust me when I say that the Baked Dough Balls are addicting. They’re too bad for anyone’s diet. No one can stop munching these. It’s not possible. I particularly liked the Pesto Genovese dip. It’s just so perfect.
The Burrata Caprese was love at first bite. It’s made with Burrata cheese, pesto Genovese, and pine nuts. I actually exclaimed that this tastes better than love. “Promise, mas masarap pa ‘to sa love.” If I can have this every day, I will. *wink*
The American Hottest Pizza is PizzaExpress’ spiciest pizza. It’s made with fresh green peppers, jalapeño, and red chili. It surely is spicy, but it’s more than that. I could still taste the mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and salami in each bite. It’s super good. If you’re looking for something different and with extra kick, get this one.
We were also served pasta dishes and salad. Their Spaghetti Frutti di Mare was exceptional. I loved its smoky taste and generous serving of shrimps, squid, and clams. It’s a bit spicy, but tolerable. For 395php, the serving size is actually good if you ask me. And besides, it’s for sharing! The Penne Pollo Piccante was also good. I like the generous serving of chicken strips. It’s creamy and light. For the salad, we had Leggara Superfood. This is packed with fiber and protein as it’s a mix of fresh greens, avocado, beetroot, pine nuts, and fresh mozzarella. I like how light it is, perfect to start any meal.
They also served us their Liguria pizza aka seafood pizza. It’s with prawns, mussels, squid, clams, capers olives, garlic, and parsley. The staff highlighted that this has no mozzarella and tomato but bechamel sauce instead. This pizza was also a favorite that night. It’s super packed with flavors and I love the big portions of every ingredient here. I was able to share this with my officemates when I went back to work and my entire team was all praises for this pizza.
Lastly, to end our delicious and carb-filled dinner, we tried some of their desserts. I was able to taste their Big Bad Brownie (260php). It’s chocolate brownie chunks served with vanilla gelato, cream, biscotti, wafer, and pistachio and topped with caramel sauce. The brownies were moist and chewy, which I actually liked. The caramel sauce also went well with vanilla ice cream. This dessert can be shared by three people I guess, as it’s also heavy.
Overall, I loved everything we had. I heard a lot of praises for food in our table especially for the Burrata Caprese, Frutti di Mare, and Dough Balls. And the praises I’m talking about are far more than “ang sarap” and “ang sarap-sarap!” I’m not sure if I can swear here on my |ooloo review but the expression that Angela Marie C., Cindy S., and I were using was “<insert mura here> ang sarap!!!”
Gazillion thanks again |ooloo and Peanut D. for the invite. You guys are the best. And of course, I enjoyed the night meeting my fellow reviewers! Cindy S Angela Marie C Midz S Chizbun - Cherrie P Will C Jayson J Abe C Kiko G Ruth S Cris M 🤗
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Filipinos are mad for pizza. And we can name a plethora of pizza restaurants here that majority visits. But, what it really takes for a pizza restaurant to be unique?
I was invited by the looloo team in their looloo rendevooz for PizzaExpress on 02/02/2018 and my first time experience was full of pizzas, pastas, wine, and anything Italian. I've never tasted an authentic Italian food my whole life and thanks to the team for letting me experience it.
PizzaExpress started in 1965 in the UK, founded by Peter Boizot. As I stumbled upon their website, I fell in love with how they were dedicated to bringing great-quality food, delicious food, and plenty of choice for everyone. Including those who are on special diets and kids.
Now, let's move on to my TOP 3 picks.
♥ Liguria (First Photo)
I told the team that I was born in Bohol and I grew up eating seafood every other day. My clan loves seafood so much it became the family's weekend tradition to have plenty of seafood on the table for lunch. And Liguria reminds me so much of my childhood right after I tasted the crispy crust, together with prawns, mussels, squid, clams, capers, olives, breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, lemon, and bechamel sauce (a rich white sauce made with milk infused with herbs and other flavorings.) It's perfect especially when served hot.
Since it's thin crust, you can actually roll it to a wrap and eat it that way.
Chaching: 430 pesos for 13" Liguria
Super worth it and highly recommended!
♥ Le Rose (Second Photo)
Another Romana Pizza variant that has been right up our alley. Le Rose is unlike any all-meat pizza out there. It's the distinctive smoky smell of freshly fried pancetta wafting from your pie. It didn't settle heavily in my belly even it's loaded with different kinds of protein.
Chaching: 470 pesos for 13" Le Rose
♥ Lava (Third Photo)
Burrata mozzarella and basil, torn over a baked pizza topped with olives and cherry tomatoes. The sweet-tangy flavor of this one will always remind me of PizzaExpress. Never had this one with other pizza restaurants and how they presented it will make me drift back to this sensory experience.
Chaching: 695 pesos for 10" Lava
Easy to find since it's only in Uptown Mall, BGC. You may take an Uber or Grab. If not, you may also take a jeepney going to Guadalupe and drop off the Uptown Mall. I'm happy that it's only located at the GF so that elderlies don't need to take the escalator anymore.
I like how the pizzeria looks like. Very Italian feels. It reminds me of those restaurants featured on YouTube Vlogs in Rome, Italy.
They were really nice. I was astonished how very keen they were and alert when it comes to our needs. They consistently looked happy whilst serving us the food. They represented PizzaExpress very well.
For a total of 4.40 star rating!
Suggestion: I hope they could also add more decorations inside the pizzeria and more lamp zapper killer outside as flies couldn't get enough of my Liguria last night.
Recommendation: For me, Liguria's perfect pairing would be the white wine. It was totes amazing! You guys should try it.
#PizzaExpress #PizzaExpressPH #ItalianPizzeria
P.S : Bumawi ako ng English dito mga besh, naubusan ako kagabi. Yung English ko from 5AM to 2PM lang kasi e. Haha
Thanks madam Peanut D !!
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Pizza Express is BACK!
Did you know that the first Pizza Express in the Philippines was established since 2003 in Greenbelt. But they need to stop for a while. And now, the pizza store all the way from London is here with its new location at Uptown Bonifacio Mall.
The restaurant is casual and bright with big open kitchen. Yes, you will see the pizza in the making.
I tried the following starters, pasta and pizza:
Baked Dough Balls for Php195.00 (Famous baked dough balls served with garlic butter, pesto Genovese and pesto Rosso) - ️️️️️ 5/5
“The baked dough balls was soft and complement with the flavors of the dip. I like pairing the dough with garlic butter and pesto Genovese.”
Margherita for Php350.00 (Traditional Neopolitan 10” pizza with tomato and mozzarella) - ️️️️ 4/5
“If you want a light flavor you get the Margherita. All ingredients tastes fresh.”
Spaghetti Carbonara for Php320.00 (creamy pasta sauce made with egg, parmesan and pancetta ham) - ️️️️ 4/5
“The pasta was al dente. I like the firmness of the noodles. The pasta blends well with the cream, cheese and ham. Pairing with pizza makes it more appetizing.”
Overall, the dishes I had were freshly made and tastes good. The management also provided excellent service during my visit.
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There's a new pizzeria in town and it is bound to tickle your taste buds with glee. Yes, Tasteless Food Group is at it again with spoiling us by bringing the famous UK brand PizzaExpress to Manila.
I was so curious about PizzaExpress when I saw its board up in Uptown Bonifacio. I have never heard of the brand before but the giddiness from other foodies was so infectious that I got excited myself without knowing what to expect. And after a few months of looking forward to that first bite, I finally got to indulge in some of PizzaExpress' popular dishes.
For this visit, I sampled its Baked Dough Balls (PHP195), Mozzarella Tomato Salad (PHP275), Leggera Superfood (PHP390), Margherita Pizza (PHP350), Liguria Pizza (PHP430), Lava Pizza and Big Bad Brownie (PHP260).
While waiting for my order, I did a bit of research on PizzaExpress and found out that this brand started way back in 1965. Founded by Peter Boizot, he had a simple idea in mind and that was to bring a taste of Italy back in UK. He fell in love with the flavors Italy that he wanted to bring it back home for everyone else to enjoy. And it turned out to be a successful venture as PizzaExpress now has over 470 branches in UK alone. It also has presence across Europe, China, India, Middle East, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and now the Philippines.
First served were the starters.
The Baked Dough Balls were basically like your pizza dough rolled into these bite-sized balls served with garlic butter, pesto Genovese and pesto Rosso. All the dips were enjoyable with garlic butter as my favorite.
But skip this if you plan to eat a lot of pizzas. It is a great snack to munch on though if you are too hungry to wait for 10 to 15 minutes for your pizza.
Mozzarella Tomato Salad is a great dish to try when you're slowly learning how to eat healthier. This bowl of cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella drizzled with pesto Genovese and topped with basil was nothing short of scrumptious. The slight saltiness of the pesto Genovese was a beautiful accent to the sweet cherry tomatoes and light mozzarella.
And if you want to go hardcore with your new year's resolution, go with Leggara Superfood. This hefty plate packed with roasted pumpkins, green beans, baby spinach, lentils, avocado, beetroot, mixed leaves and pine nuts tossed in balsamic syrup. Though I wouldn't recommend this to those who dislike "healthy tasting food", I enjoyed this dish as well. There were just some mouthfuls that I found bitter so I made sure that the succeeding bites had beetroot in it.
I decided to skip pasta during this visit as I wanted to try more of PizzaExpress' pizzas. And I think I made the right move.
I started off with the classic Margherita which is topped with mozzarella and tomato. The straightforward no-frills pizza made me smile from ear to ear as it brought me back to the days when I scrape all the pizza toppings (and just eat my crust with tomato sauce and leftover cheese). Though it may not be the best margherita I've tried but this is the type of pizza I would love to munch on to cheer me up after a tiring day.
Lava Pizza was not part of the sneak preview menu but was highly recommended by S. And how can I say no when asked to try this pizza described as "topped with fresh burrata"? I simply can't say no to that!
The fresh plate of Lava Pizza was served right after and it was stunning-- generous serving of burrata on top of warm pizza with cherry tomatoes and olives. Though it took me some time before I was able to dig in, the burrata stayed in its lovely soft texture and oozes out every time I take a slice. Make sure to eat it with olives for that sharp contrast in flavor. I noticed though that this one has to be eaten with fork and knife as it tends to be too soft to be held.
Liguria was great too! This seafood packed pizza has prawns, mussels, squid, clams, capers and olives. It is also topped with garlic, parsley, lemon, béchamel sauce and breadcrumbs. I drizzled my slice with lemon juice for extra zest and it was love at first bite. I could be a bit biased though as I love anything garlicky, tangy and seafood. Yes, it was a marriage of a lot of things I love.
To cap my meal, I had Big Bad Brownie.
At first, I thought that it was priced pretty steep for a small serving of vanilla gelato topped with chocolate brownie chunks, crushed Italian biscotti, vanilla wafer, pistachio and drizzled with caramel sauce. But... it was worth it. Each spoonful was blissful and despite being full from eating three pizzas, I managed to finish it. The brownie chunks were decadent and went well with the smooth vanilla gelato. I also liked how the biscotti, wafer and pistachio added crunch to this sweet treat. I can't wait to have more!
Overall, it was a lovely experience. I would definitely be back for more of the pizzas I've tried and Big Bad Brownie. PizzaExpress, you are surely doing a great job in creating a world made happier by pizza.
If you plan to dine here, the best photo spot is the table outside the facade of the store. However, it is right below the A/C which will make your food cold. I also do not recommend you to eat there as I had problems shooing flies (a prevailing problem in Uptown Bonifacio due to construction happening around the area). I didn't experience that problem though when inside the store.
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