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Name: Pizza Pilgrims

Location: Soho, London

Date Visited: 08/03/17

Hello friends. For those of you who don’t know me all that well, pizza is my favourite food. Pizza is love. Pizza is life. (LOL if you get that reference…)

There is something so satisfying about biting into a slice of a beautiful dough base, topped with sweet yet herby tomato sauce and stringy, salty mozzarella cheese. There is nothing wrong with a plain Margherita in my eyes, although this will not stop me from ordering the most random toppings on a pizza! I am sure that you will see it make an appearance a lot on this blog, as I hunt for the ULTIMATE HOLY GRAIL PIZZA, and as my first post, Pizza Pilgrims is certainly setting the bar high!

So my boyfriend and I were having a mid-week date night, celebrating an assessment centre that I had completed that day, and we were originally planning on visiting a restaurant in Soho (not to be named as we didn’t go there and I’ll make a post on it when I actually go), but as they weren’t able to take us, we searched for somewhere else.

The bright green exterior of the restaurant drew us in, that and the fact that the upstairs was full of people eating the most delicious looking pizzas. We had a quick glance at the menu, which is simple, yet elegant in the fact that pizza doesn’t have to be complicated. When we saw the price, we knew that we should go in. We were seated at a table with another couple on, which we didn’t mind. The interior of the restaurant had a retro-vibe about it; there was even a table football table downstairs!

We ordered a pizza each, and ended up eating half of each others pizza! I ordered the salami pizza with extra chilli, and my boyfriend ordered the ‘nduja pizza with extra garlic. We also got a side dip of pesto aioli for our pizza crusts.

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Salami (closest), ‘Nduja (further away)

Thoughts:

The pizza crusts were incredible, so crispy on the outside, doughy on the inside, chunky enough to dip into the basil, garlic, creamy dip that we ordered. I was living for those crusts. My pizza toppings, the salami and chilli were spicy and salty. The salami was almost shredded, which was unusual but gave a different texture and crispiness which I haven’t seen before, I was loving it. I did not realise at the time that they also offer you chilli oil to drizzle on your pizza, and I feel that this made adding the chillies redundant, so as an option I would leave it.

As for the ‘nduja pizza, the garlic made a HUGE difference. It was like a hybrid of pizza and garlic bread rolled into one! Words cannot describe how delicious that was. The ‘nduja sausage was smoky and spicy, and the texture of it was strange as it almost seemed like the sausage melted in the oven.

Both pizzas had a smooth, sweet, herby, full of flavour tomato sauce and plenty of mozzarella. The basil leaves on top gave a very tasty flavour and only added more to the sensations that I was getting from this pizza.

Now I do have a criticism, and it is a personal preference. I would have liked my cheese slightly more melted until it is borderline crispy, because I feel that it made the base of the pizza a bit soggy. But I would like to say that this did not take away from the fact that I literally was loving every single bite of this pizza. (I just had to be more cautious to not get toppings down my shirt.)

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Cutting food porn

Was Pizza Pilgrims anything special?

If you read all of the above then yes, I believe that this pizza was definitely an experience and I literally cannot wait to go back and try something else. There are a few dotted around London so I think if you’re visiting the city then it is certainly a place to consider! 100% one of my holy grail contenders (tbc I will make a list one day of the best pizza places in London.)

Was Pizza Pilgrims worth the money?

£9-10 for a pizza? OF COURSE. 0 doubts.

Until next time on my pizza voyage,

Sophia xoxo

 

Delicious discovery before a train home!

Hey guys! Sorry for the lag in posts, I have a few good ones coming soon to please stay tuned and don’t think that I have abandoned you guys!!!!

I posted a picture on my instagram, which was also featured on chozen noodle’s instagram OMG, which I have been promising a review about, so here it is!

Name: Chozen Noodle

Location: Paddington, London

Date Visited: 23/02/17

Chozen noodle, is an asian restaurant-takeaway chain that has a few locations around London (which once again I will put in the London category as I do not think they are around the UK yet). It has similar vibes to that of Wasabi – although it focusses more on the hot food as opposed to sushi.

Having visited Wasabi before, and being slightly disappointed with their bento boxes, I was slightly reluctant to buy a dish at this place. I was waiting for my train at Paddington, and had an hour to spare I decided to grab some food. All it took was a walk past the shop to get me inside: you can see the HOT and DELICIOUS sauces steaming away in the window, with alluring smells that make you salivate.

I just had to go inside!!!

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I ordered a Chicken Katsu Curry, with a side of a big bag of tapioca crackers. I ordered a medium size, which I will admit was the perfect size as it was incredibly filling! The curry sauce was absolutely gorgeous, the perfect temperature, which I did expect as they keep it warm at the counter. The proportions of rice to sauce to chicken were almost perfect (I personally would have liked more sauce and would definitely ask for more next time), they give you two pieces of the panko-crusted chicken, which is notably more than you get at Wasabi for the same price. I was very fulfilled after finishing the pot!

Is Chozen Noodle anything special?

I only sampled one of their items, and it was satisfying. I think that to say whether or not it is special I would have to visit again (which after my first trip I won’t be hesitating to make), but the curry I had was very delicious! If you are into bento dishes then I would certainly suggest popping in around lunchtime if you fancy it!

Is Chozen Noodle worth the money?

I believe the total of my food came to around £6-7, which isn’t bad for a dinner that I didn’t have to cook myself, was filling, and convenient near the train station before I had to go home. The prices seemed similar to its other competitors, therefore I cannot argue that it is overpriced. I personally preferred this curry A LOT more than the one I have had at Wasabi before, and because of this I would say that yes, it is worth the money (and if it was cheaper I would certainly be going more often!)

Until next time,

Sophia xoxo