G/F Uptown Place Mall, 36th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
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Pizza salad , pasta and tiramisu
The best place to eat in uptown Bgc
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Favorite spot for pizza and Italian food in uptown
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I’ve been to PizzaExpress a couple of times already and I like how consistent they are with their pizza and pasta dishes. The lava is still amazing and delicious! The seafood pasta was also good and they’re super generous with the seafood. Sarap and sulit!!!!! 💯 The dough balls are also very addicting!!! Best enjoyed while still hot.
And the service!!! Can’t say anything bad about the service. Staffs are attentive and very accommodating.
And oh, for a pizza place, their SALADS are all veryyy good too! My salad loving heart is happy happy!!!
Other must try dishes are the seafood pizza (their best pizza in my opinion) and the spicy pizza (America’s hottest?). So good!!! Ultimate dream pizza for all spicy lovers!!! No need to open a sachet/bottle and add hot sauce anymore. Just grab a slice and eat! Hahaha lolllz!
PS: The desserts are all just okay. You can skip them.
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“Simple yet quality ingredients.”
I think that would sell this new pizza place at Bonifacio Global City, in Uptown Mall. PizzaExpress is a new venture from Tasteless group, the same group who brings you Hole in The Wall at Century City Mall and The Grid Food Market at Power Plant Mall. On this Looloo Rendezvoos, we explored great pizza originated from Soho, London since 1965.
I remember a post from someone I follow in Instagram about burrata cheese and how much I wanted to try it out. This time, a chunk of burrata cheese on top of a crust covered with tomato sauce is served in front of me. The Lava (Php 695) is really an awesome treat for pizza lovers. Once you take it in, the cheese melts in your mouth while the warm crust gives you so much flavor. And let’s not stop there, if you want some thin-crust pizza, another choice would be the Le Rose (Php 470). Their all meat pizza is loaded with pancetta, Calabrese sausage and prosciutto. The saltiness of the prosciutto works to balance the tomato sauce on top of their hand made crust. To those who wants something simple to enjoy a pizza, then order their Classic Margherita (Php 350).
When there’s Pizza, expect some pasta! The pasta they served were great but the Spaghetti Frutti de Mare (Php 395) really stand out. The taste of the Pomodoro sauce was good, but the fresh prawns, clams, mussels and squid that were added compliments it. If you love some spice in your pasta, the Penne Pollo Picante (Php 340) would be the perfect choice for you while for those who love flat pasta, then Lasagna Classic (Php 385) is also a great option.
As for dessert, we had tried three. The Dough Balls with Nutella (Php 230), Cheesecake (Php 260), and Chocolate Fudge Cake (Php 260). The dough balls are almost similar to their appetizer with 3 dips (Php 195), which include two types of pesto and the garlic butter (best choice).
Pizza then dough balls… Yeah, think of it!
Not a huge fan of chocolates, but I felt that the chocolate fudge cake is too sweet for my liking. As for the cheesecake, it was just okay. I will order it but not on the top of my list. But first-time visitors are welcome to sample their desserts
If you are huge fan of pizza, then this new pizza place at Bonifacio Global City is a must try. The interiors are great, the location inside Uptown Mall is easy to find and an awesome place to eat pizza with family and friends.
Jya Mata Ne!
Thank you Roegan T. for the invite.
Lovely seeing you again Pat D., Ruth S., Julienne Y., Christina R., Eboy D., Will C., EJ B.
Nice meeting you Phantasm D.
*Where are my photos? Photo vs. Video? Hahaha.
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PizzaExpress is a U.K. based pizza restaurant brought to the Philippines by the Tasteless Group. To those who would remember, PizzaExpress' entry to the Philippine market is not their first, they once opened in 2003. They are currently located at the posh Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. They are centrally located at the ground floor with a beautiful store front that is hard to miss. They also boast a semi-open kitchen set up. I enjoyed watching them make out pizza from scratch. The friendly staff would even occasionally pose, i guess they naturally know if diners are taking that perfect boomerang shot.
For started we had the Baked Dough Balls - freshly baked pizza dough in bite size pieces, came with three dips, i enjoyed all three. The garlic butter, pesto and marinara sauce. Great appetizer that the kids would love.
Chicken and Apple Salad - i love how generous both the chicken and apple in the salad. The green apple slices gave a fresh tart flavor to the salad. Great for a solo lunch or for sharing.
For pizza, we tried the classic Margarita Pizza, they use their signature tomato sauce specially made for PizzaExpress. You can taste the simple, fresh taste of the tomatoes and cheese. Le Rose is a great alternative to your run off the mill meat pizza. Theirs is topped with proscuitto. The Lava is a pizza, i would say unique to PizzaExpress! Generous portions of Buratta cheese slowly melting on top of a tomato base pizza is love! Must eat fresh from the oven.
PizzaExpress also serves pasta dishes that would suit any taste. i enjoyed the Lasagna, i wish i had the entire serving all to myself but sadly i had to share. Penne Pollo Picante had a savory creamy sauce with a bit of spice. The Spaghetti Frutti di Mare had shrimps which went well with the marinara sauce. The noodles was al dente and had a good bite.
For dessert, we sampled the Dough Ball paired with Nutella. The Chocolate Fudge Cake was served with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream and a couple of slices of strawberries. I enjoyed the Cheesecake the most, firm and cheesy just the way i like it. For an enjoyable time with family, try out PizzaExpress at Uptown Mall.
Disclaimer: Sponsored dining by PizzaExpress through the generosity of looloo. Thank you!
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Pizzaexpress probably my favorite pizza place in the metro because of its incredibly fresh ingredients and of course Burrata cheese. Can't help it to say yes right away to this food invite, thanks Roegan T for the invite and pizza express for this sponsored event.
So lets dive right away to their foods but before anything else i would like to encourage everyone to consume the pizza right away as i was able to taste the difference between a freshly made straight out of the oven pizza as compare to one that was left for quite sometime and the difference in taste were immensely different.
- Lava, probably one of their best pizza and my favorite coz of its very fresh ample amount of burrata cheese.
- Baked Dough Balls, this comes in either sweet or appetizer like variant... i personally think both are good and you just had to consume it right away.
- Penne Pollo Picante, i like how this one was in contrast with other items specifically for its minor spice kick. Another must here.
- Le Rose Margherita, well if you believe in simplicity over complexity, this item simply hits the spot. You can clearly taste the quality of the dough, tomato sauce, etc.
- Frutti de Mare, i cant believe how fresh and wonderful their seafoods here. A must try.
-Lemonade was good as well as its chocolate dessert cake.
I personally think lasagna here could be improved as among all the items i find it abit 'regular' and abit either salty or its layer tougher than usual. Maybe coz i had it several minites past its prime.
Overall a visit worthy of 5 stars. It was nice seeing fellow loolooers. Defimitely be back here in coming weeks.
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Went to PizzaExpress for a looloo rendezvous, which also happens to be my first. Enjoyed good food and made new friends here. (Thanks EJ Bunag for the flatlay).
Serving beautiful pizza all over the world, the PizzaExpress family has grown from a single pizzeria in London to more than 500 restaurants across Europe and Asia. What makes their pizza so special is that each one is handcrafted with care, craft, and quality--from order to the oven.
The ambiance of PizzaExpress gives a cozy feel. The place is well-lit and spacious, good for family and friends who want to dine and have a good conversation. PizzaExpress is located on the ground floor of Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Here are the dishes that we had:
>Lemonade "PizzaExpress." Lemon juice, lime juice, soda, mint. This drink is unique from the lemonades I've tried. It's carbonated--like sparkling water lemonade.
>Baked Dough Balls. PizzaExpress' famous baked dough balls served with garlic butter, pesto Genovese (classic basil pesto) or pesto Rosso (sun-dried tomato pesto). I like how it's served warm and soft. It's light and not too sating, just right for an appetizer. Both pestos are good dips, but I find the garlic butter quite addicting.
>Chicken and Apple. Chicken, green apple, walnuts, basil, mixed leaves, cherry tomatoes, dried cranberries, creamy lemon dressing. Fresh greens and taste. I like how the green apple and lemon dressing complement the other ingredients--it gives the salad a refreshing feel when eaten.
>Le Rose. Pancetta, chicken, and Calabrese sausage, finished with prosciutto and basil. 13" bigger, crispier crust inspired by pizza from Rome. Comes with mozzarella and tomato sauce. One of my favorite picks (the other one is the Lava). I love the prosciutto.
>Margherita. Mozzarella and tomato. By having Margherita, you'll be able to appreciate how good their pizza is. Not too many toppings but tastes delectable.
>Lava. Burrata mozzarella and basil, torn over a baked pizza topped with olives and cherry tomatoes. This is my other favorite pick. I actually like the idea of burrata on pizza. I personally love pairing burrata and prosciutto so maybe that's why Lava and Le Rose are my faves from PizzaExpress.
>Spaghetti Frutti di Mare. Prawns, clams, mussels, squid, and cherry tomatoes in a spiced Pomodoro sauce. The taste of seafood is distinct in this dish--it overpowers the tomato sauce. I like how the prawns are not too small and are succulent. I also like the squid in this dish. This is my third favorite among the dishes served.
>Penne Pollo Piccante. Spicy marinated chicken, cherry tomatoes, and baby spinach in creamy and spicy sauce. Creamy with a distinct spice.
>Lasagna Classica. Beef bolognese layer with bechamel and parmesan. Truly a classic, just ample beef and cheese.
>Cheesecake. Cream cheese, cream, crumbled biscuit, and fruit coulis.
>Chocolate Fudge Cake. PizzaExpress' famous home-baked chocolate cake. Either you like it or you will find it too sweet--depends on your sweet tooth. I like the contrast of temperatures between the warmth of the fudge cake and ice cream.
>Dough Balls with Nutella. Nutella chocolate spread and lots of warm dough balls. A dessert version of the starters. Topped with confectioners' sugar and Nutella for the dip.
>Berry Sensation. The first thing that I noticed is that it has a really sweet aroma. The server said that this is their bestseller among the teas that they serve. In spite of the sweet scent, it's not as sweet as I expected and it's calming.
It was awesome meeting these foodies from the looloo community (Roegan, Ruth, Pat, Brie, Eboy, William, EJ, Julienne, Christina). Looking forward to more rendezvous with them.
Complete/Full HD photos and details on my blog.
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Looloo invited us to try out this new pizza place called Pizza Express. Located at the upper ground floor of Uptown Place Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
History: It all started with an Englishman, Peter Boizot who imported an oven from Italy and opened the first Pizza Express in Soho, London.
Pizza Express has now 400 stores in UK and also opened it stores in Hongkong, Singapore, Dubai and now the Philippines
They also plan to open 2 more stores soon (SM North and SM Megamall)
Their food comes from fresh ingredients and everything is handmade #happinessishandmade
Overall I give this restaurant 3.5 stars 🏻
Service / Ambiance ️️️️- Good location, modern design, nice and friendly staff.
Price: ️️️ -- I find it quite pricey
My favorites (What I recommend you should try)
️ The Lava P695 - best eaten when it comes out! I so loveeeee the burrata mozzarella. Make sure to order this!
️ Le Rose P495- thin crust, full of flavors - it comes with pancetta, chicken, sausage, prosciutto and basil
️ Baked dough balls P195- their famous dough balls, it comes with 3 dips: garlic butter, pesto rosso and pesto genovese
️ Lasagna Classica P385- one of the best lasagna I've tasted 🏻
We also tried the following:
Chicken and Apple salad P350
Penne Pollo Picante P340
Spaghetti Fruti di Mare 395
Classic Margherita pizza P350
For dessert- we were able to try their dough balls with nutella P230, cheesecake P260, chocolate fudge cake P260
️ I agree with Julienne, more ice cream (larger scoop) that comes with the chocolate fudge cake
️ Dough balls with nutella- can we change it to a different shape like it can be longer or a pizza shape bread? To have differentiation from the dough balls with the 3 dips (appetizer)
️ More drink options- the lemonade and the lemon iced team can still be improved
"Good pizza doesn't have to be complicated"
Thanks Roegan T Brie K Julienne Y Ruth S EJ B Christina R Eboy D William and Phantasm D ️️️
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This is not my first time at Pizza Express. I already tried some of their dishes before during the soft opening early this year. Some of the dishes I had were Margherita Pizza, Spaghetti Carbonara and Baked Dough Balls.
During our Looloo Rendezvoos last night I had some of the bestsellers which I did try and I had for the first time:
Chicken and Apple Salad
Le Rose Margherita
Baked Dough Balls
Penne Pollo Picante
Spaghetti Frutti di Mare
Dough Balls with Nutella
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Baked Dough Balls
My personal favorites are the following:
Lava Pizza, it’s really good even it’s cold already, the burrata cheese blemds well with the tomato based pizza.
Baked Dough Balls, taste good with garlic butter. Still my favorite here in Pizza Express. The quality is consistent.
Penne Pollo Picante, the pasta was served firm. The spiciness and creaminess of the penne blends well with the chicken meat. So good!
Overall, I like the freshness of the dishes. It was made from scratch and the pizza was made by hand to order. By the way, you need to consume or eat the pizza once served for better quality.
Thank you Pizza Express for having us and kudos to your staff who provided superb service during our visit.
Thank you Roegan T and Looloo for the invite. ‘Til our next Looloo Rendezvoos.
It was nice to meet you for the first time Phantasm D and nice to see you again Pat D Brie K Eboy D Christina R Julienne D Ruth S and Will C
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When I was first invited to this Looloo Rendezvoos I got really excited because I love Italian Food and I love carbs! But strangely, I’d never been to Pizza Express, considering I’ve seen it in Hong Kong and in the UK. So I jumped at the chance to visit their first branch in the Philippines although admittedly I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Cuz when you say Express, I think of a fast food joint. But I was so wrong because it’s actually a full service restaurant perfect for get togethers where you leisurely catch up while watching them prepare your food using fresh ingredients.
We got to try so many dishes but I gotta first highlight my favorites
- Le Rose Pizza (crisp, light, flavorful and generously topped!)
- Lava Pizza (Burrata.. on a Pizza! What!!! Mind. Blown.)
- Chocolate Fudge Cake ala Mode (what’s not to love!)
Other Menu Highlights (they weren’t kidding with the carbs)
- Dough Balls (savory version and that garlic butter.. mmm.. 10/10)*
- Chicken and Apple Salad
- Penne Pollo Picante
- Seafood pasta
- Margarita Pizza
- Dough Balls (sweet, these must be had warm)*
- Drinks: Iced Tea and Lemonade (both of these have subtle flavors so keep in mind if you like your drinks on the sweeter side)
*A note on Balls, I recommend only choosing 1 dough balls dish, savory or sweet cuz they are the same dough balls but with different dips.
With the exception of the Lasagna, all the portions were very generous and meant to share. I was very full after dinner! It was a very hearty and satisfying meal.
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Wassup Roegan T EJ B Brie K Eboy D Gene G Julienne Y Pat D Ruth S Will C and Princess! gutom na ba kayo? Di nag breakfast or lunch kasi #rendezvoos mamaya dito? Ako mejo salivating na because I do remember how much we liked the pizzas here.
One of our visits was on my unica hija's birthday. It was just three of us as she had another activity planned with her cousins to celebrate. We were so happy Pizza Express had an affordable kiddie menu for 350.00 which included a drink, a choice between Pizza and Pasta, a dessert, and a Bambinoccino. We added an extra order of dough balls for just 50. Talk about bank for the buck. She’s still a tiny person so she wasn’t able to eat everything.
My daughter liked her creamy bow pasta so much she seriously asked us to come back here several times. I now have to recreate this pasta at home for those days she can't come for a visit. If you ask me though I didn’t like it so much and my home made version is better. But she’s a kid and her taste buds are different from mine.
The MOO and I shared a Florentina Pizza (370.00, with spinach, egg, olives, garlic oil, Parmesan, mozzarella, and tomato sauce) and Meatballs & Bolognese (295.00, pork meatballs in spiced Bolognese and parsley) and 2 glasses of red wine. Because we care about the environment and would like to save water every chance we can get.
We liked the pizzas. We find the size good for 2-4 people, depending on how matakaw one is. The meatballs satisfied our meat craving. The Bamboccino was so cute, which came in a tiny cup too.
We received a complimentary Cheesecake (260.00) without asking. I guess they heard us talking to our kid for her birthday. Trust me, hindi kami nagparinig. And were not the type to ask about freebies. Definitely giving that extra star for that.
See you later my friends!
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BURRATA ON EVERY SLICE!
Burrata is a luxury item for me, so to see a pizza covered in it made me super excited.
I’ve tasted this pizza cold before (tira-tira from an event) and I thought it was pretty good. But now that it was served to me fresh from the oven...oh boy. 🏼🏼🏼
The cold, creamy burrata together with the warmth of the pizza dough was heaven in my mouth. Thank you PizzaExpress for thinking of this combo. 🏼
We ate the pizza with a bottle of their fancy Italian beer (I’m a san mig type of gal but minsan gusto ko rin maging boujee lol) which made the dining experience so much more enjoyable.
Will be back but pag may pera na.
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Who is the idiot who ordered TWO spicy dishes when she knows she has stomach issues???
Ordered the American Hottest and the Farfalle Di Calabria. Both of these dishes have the spicy ‘nduja (pronounced induya) salami from Italy.
The server was like: “ah ma’am yung American Hottest natin may ‘nduja... parang yung - ay inorder nyo din pala. Parehas po maanghang hehe”
Me inside: Ah crap. 🤦🏻♀️
ANG ANGHANG NGA GUYS.
I mean. I probably would have been able to better handle the pizza if I had a non spicy pasta but yo girl is smart AF sometimes. 🤷🏻♀️
Both were so good though especially if you like AND can handle spicy dishes. My mouth was on fire and after a couple of minutes of eating these two, I felt WOKE. Lol. I thought I was going to throw up... (Which is why Reich T, this may be up your alley. But as always, it may just be on a 3 for you haha. Madadala nako sa ER sa anghang siguro level 4 pa din para sayo )
Good thing they also have gelato to put out the fire. Got the pistachio one and it was so good also.
Service as always is good. Highly recommend this place for pizza lovers. ️
Next time I’ll stick to their salads haha. Their salad here is also SUPER good btw. And the serving size is yuge!
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I went to Pizza Express and I LOVED IT! Actually, my entire family LOVED IT!
We tried a couple of dishes, all carbo-loaded LOL but I'm not complaining.
We got the famous Baked Dough Balls for 195Php. I thought these were bigger in size but that's fine. Served with Garlic Butter, Pesto Genovese and Rosso Genovese, DO NOT SKIP! The balls were served warm and they were so soft! They're good on their own with some hint of salt and good butter. Best dipped in the Garlic Butter, the other dips were good too. My family wiped these in no time and my daughters asked for more! We decided to get the dessert version because that has more dough balls.
Dough Balls with Nutella for 230Php is the dessert version of the Baked Dough Balls because the dough balls had a dash of powdered sugar and, well, Nutella was the dip. For a sweet tooth like me, I would say the dough balls are better off with butter and the genovese dips though Nutella was a good accompaniment too. Maybe just my preference.
For Salad, I wanted to try Bosco but I checked first if they have avo in the pantry. They didn't so I went for the Chicken Caesar instead for 315Php. This was a hefty one! Crisp greens, chicken, bits of pancetta, parmesan, croutons and Caesar dressing. I loved it! Just the right sourness and saltiness, loved the parmesan flavor and the big chunks of chicken!
The bread that came with the salad was good too! So soft and tasty, I used it to wipe out the garlic butter and the Genovese dips LOL
My daughters requested for carbonara so we got their Spaghetti Carbonara for 320Php. I love that they use Barilla as their pasta coz that's my pantry staple together with Baronia. Of course the pasta was al dente and held the sauce well. We all loved the rich and creamy sauce with a good parmesan flavor with bits of pancetta. Ask for more cheese to make it more delish!
For pizza, we got the Quattro Formaggi - a fave pizza flavor of the family, I added Prosciutto for protein, extra 150Php which is not bad at all. Thin crust pizza that was bigger than what I expected, tomato base with mozzarella, parmesan, emmental and gorgonzola (which made it really delicious!). They added a good amount of prosciutto! Crust had this crunchy sides but had a soft and chewey center, which I liked! I usually don't like my 4 Cheese Pizza in red sauce but this one was great!
For dessert, I went for the Tiramisu Really, TBH, this was the main reason why I urged my husband to have dinner here. Abe C told me that their Tiramisu is good so I just had too! Glad to report that it did not disappoint! Though it didn't have the liquor kick that I love, it still had the right ratio of cream and mascarpone, coffee and cocoa. I liked that the lady fingers weren't too soaked and soggy! I'll definitely have this again next time we visit!
Everybody loved Pizza Express! The service was great too! We were never left waiting for something we requested and they were always ready to refill glasses with water and clear out empty plates.
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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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