At the weekend Rob and I went to Pizza Express in Brighton. I’d heard really good things about the pizza bases there by fellow gluten-freers and Coeliacs so I was keen to try it out for myself.
When we got there we were greeted by a very friendly waiter – and that was something that was really noticeable actually. Not to skip to the end, but from the moment we arrived to the moment we left the staff were very personable and friendly – almost to the point where it felt like we were in a little local independent restaurant rather than a large chain. It was really nice.
As we sat down and were handed menus, I immediately asked for the gluten-free menu. I’d already checked out the menu online so had a good idea about what I’d pick for my main. The waiter then told me that actually there was just the one menu and that all the gluten-free options were clearly marked – AND that I could have any of the pizza toppings on a gluten-free base. The gluten-free online menu only offered the ‘Classic’ pizza toppings and now I also had the choice of all the ‘Romana’ toppings. It was music to my ears but also a choice I wasn’t prepared for. Needless to say it took me quite a while to order!
For starters I had the Risotto Fresco which was an oak-roasted salmon fillet in a creamy white wine risotto with rocket and lemon. It was delicious; I wolfed it down! The meal also came as a main and I questioned whether to change my order to get it again for my main course… but I had fancied a pizza for a while (plus eating the same thing for two sittings would be ridiculous, if not tasty).
The pizza I chose was the La Reine which had Prosciutto cotto ham, olives and mushrooms (although I swapped the mushrooms for egg). Those of you who follow my blog regularly might note the ham on my pizza does not strictly work with my vegetarian diet – and that’s because for health reasons, as of this week I’m no longer a vegetarian! Oh the drama. But that’s another blog post. The pizza was really good, and actually the base was the best gluten-free pizza base I’ve had; I honestly couldn’t tell the difference.
For dessert I went for a mocha coffee with a small piece of gluten-free chocolate brownie – perfect for my already full tummy. It was topped with a single strawberry which really complimented it well, and to be honest I think it would have been even nicer with more strawberries to offset the bitter chocolate. But I shouldn’t be asking for more food when I’m stuffed!
All in all I was really impressed and I’ll definitely be going back to Pizza Express again.
I was offered a free meal from PizzaExpress for this review.