Conversations with my friends about where to head for dinner is a difficult ball game. One will say no to chain restaurants and others will reject anything too expensive. Do we go for Chinese, Indian or a new ‘green’ restaurant?
So, what easier way to avoid all disagreements than to pick at random off my long list of restaurants and bars somewhere different to go. That is exactly what myself and a few friends did last night. With half of us working in central and London and the other half working local to home, Kentish Town: Perfect for Pizza was an ideal location. Not the first place I would ever think of, but Pizza East, a trendy pizza chain was calling our names. Located in Kentish Town, Shoreditch and Portobello Road, Pizza East is part of the famous Soho House.
Pizza East, part of the ever-so-cool Soho House was an extremely popular choice for many and by the time we left was at full capacity. It was dimly lit with exposed wood and brickwork at every corner. At the back of the restaurant was a wall containing piles of wood logs and empty pizza boxes. The fresh aroma of baked pizza and Italian cheeses was an enticing way of welcoming in guests. It was not your average pizzeria and with limited choices of pizza, it wasn’t too difficult to pick. But if pizza isn’t your kind of thing, then a selection of wood oven grills, fish and meat were on offer.
Between four of us, we decided to splash out a little and wine and dine in the best way we know – (for the first time in a while we actually indulged in a carafe of rose wine). I decided on a pizza with anchovies, mozzarella, olives and tomato which was smaller than anticipated but just the right size without being too full. With a thick, soft white crust it was not your average pizza and I found myself enjoying it more than usual (I don’t normally eat the crusts).
With background music playing and many of the tables full, it was surprisingly not too loud. We sat, talked and though did not opt for dessert, the choices on offer were Italian sweet treats such as gelato and affogato. It had a great atmosphere that was trendy, upmarket and quirky.
It was a great retreat into an area I have not explored much. Only down the road were two bars we are yet to conquer; Ladies and Gentleman and Nowhere Special. One is a converted toilet bar and the other a cosy, hidden cocktail themed bar – a great spot for a midweek drink!
In the meantime, I may now check out the other two branches of Pizza East, just to ensure I have everything covered!