Friday, June 27, 2008

Pizza Express, Notting Hill

I have said it before and I'll say it again: Notting Hill Gate and Westbourne Grove are a restaurant black hole.  There is nothing decent, affordable and tasty, bar a couple of ok-ish options.  This is why, despite every fibre in me wanting to go somewhere individual and exciting, four of us went to Pizza Express last night.  And, hey, we had a nice time.

We didn't book and had no trouble getting a table, although it was almost full in there.  Our dough balls were fresh and hot and came with plenty of garlic butter.  The house white was good, tap water not an issue.  Our pizzas were prompt and tasty.  The only complaint would be that I requested a margherita with chicken and green peppers and what arrived was a margherita with chicken, red peppers and two black olives.  As she put my meal down the waitress said, "We didn't have green peppers so did red ok?".  To be honest, it wouldn't have taken two seconds to check before they made the pizza and the olives were a mystery.  

Despite this, we were full and satisfied, and our wallets didn't leave too light either.

Two courses and half a bottle of wine: £20 per head

Value: 8/10

Service: 7/10

Atmosphere: 7/10

Food: 7/10

SCORE: 29/40

Pizza Express, 137 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3QG.  Tel: 020 72296000.

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