I don't know about you, but I honestly can't think of a better way to make the Hump Day festivities even more exciting!
The Noble Gentleman in Topham Mall has launched The Gentleman's Bottomless Pizza Wednesdays as of yesterday (September 4), where Head Chef William Guilherme has carefully created an extensive two-page menu of pizzas that is bursting with a diverse range of flavours.
The concept is simple - come in and ask for the Bottomless feast and prepare to be fed for an hour (or two) with pizza slices making their way onto your plate! Each pizza is freshly made in their wood-fired oven, so expect each of your slices to be embedded with a smoky flavour that will be laced within the pizza ingredients.
Last night was the first night run of this brilliant initiative and I am happy to report that my partner and I (each) went through a minimum of 8 slices (I say minimum, because we stopped counting hereafter, as we were too busy stuffing our faces with the delicious pizzas!) and were pleasantly surprised by how much was on offer.
Walking into The Noble Gentleman, we were both a bit unsure of how this was going to work. However, we were welcomed by friendly staff, who ushered us to a table by the window, which is a prime spot to enjoy some people-watching, as we watched the city nightlife come alive with the sun setting.
Each table is dressed with the new pizza menu, along with a drinks list. As part of this new venture, each table is also given a battery-operated candle. So, the way it works is that you leave the candle 'on' for as long as you are happy to be served with slices of pizza and once you're well and truly satisfied with your hearty meal, you turn the candle 'off' and the pizzas will stop.
Having a glance over the pizza menu, we had no idea just how many types of pizzas would be on offer! From seafood to meat to vegetarian to vegan-friendly options, there was a fine selection of pizzas that can be suitable for anyone and everyone with dietary requirements. Additionally, there were also three types of pizza bread and three types of dessert pizzas. If you've been following my writing for a while, you'll know the kind of pizzas I was most looking forward to!
Of course, being Wednesday aka Hump Day, mid-week drinks were a given. So, we started off the feast with a refreshing and velvety drink of Espresso Martini, which was (for obvious reasons) polished in no time. Customers coming in for the bottomless pizza feast can expect to enjoy a range of cocktail specials, in addition to wines that have been sourced from right here in South Australia.
The Noble Gentleman in Topham Mall (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
A little tidbit for those of you who may not know - The Noble Gentleman is the CBD's first cellar door and they specialize in focusing on a different South Australian winery every month, so be sure to ask for the 'winery in residence' next time you visit and you never know - you might stumble upon your next favourite fermented drops! The winemakers also offer free tastings and talks of their wines on the first Thursday of each month, so if you're really curious about a certain winery, make sure you stay up to date with their social media platforms (Facebook // Instagram) to stop by and discover your next potential favourite wine!
Stepping back into feast mode - we were served with our first (of many to follow) slices of pizza. When we looked at the menu, The Noble Gentleman pizza caught my eye instantly. Packed with salsa fresca, mozzarella, leg ham, salami, mushrooms, roasted capsicum, and kalamata olives, this was a great start to the feast. You can easily feel deceived by the size of the slice, but trust me, it is a tasty mouthful that offers a great mix of meat and vegetables, which are elevated by the salsa fresca that has a subtle zing to it. We also had the Diavola, which is a simple pizza with salsa fresca, fior di latte, salami, and chilli and is a perfect option for those who like the more traditional option of pizza - with a mildly spicy twist to it.
Other options on the menu for those who love their meat include the BBQ chicken, which comes with a less conventional combination of chargrilled chicken and bacon (as opposed to the traditional chicken and mushroom), along with mozzarella and olives, which is served on a freshly made dough that is covered in smokey BBQ sauce. I thought the smoky flavour would be a bit overwhelming, but it was quite nice and light on the palate. There's also the Chorizo with roasted capsicum, kalamata olives and Spanish onion, the Speck with mozzarella, chilli, basil, and fresh mascarpone, and the Pulled Pork with caramelized onion, apple, goats cheese, rosemary, balsamic glaze, and chilli.
The first (of many) rounds of pizza slices (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
While we didn't get a chance to try the Speck this time 'round, I'm very curious to go back and try it out and see how the mix of mascarpone works on a pizza! The chorizo had a level of spiciness that was personally a tad challenging to tolerate, but, it was balanced well with the juiciness from the olives and the roasted capsicum (and a drink of Lemonade on the side). The pulled pork offered with an interesting bite, because I've never tried apple on a pizza before, but as we had multiple serves of it, it grew on me and it's now become one of my favourite toppings on a pizza! Coupled with the caramelised onion and the goat's cheese, the crunchiness from the dough complemented the tender pulled pork bits and I can't recommend this particular flavour enough.
For those who prefer their pizzas meatless, the Vegan with salsa, tomato, mushrooms, roasted capsicum, Spanish onions, sun-dried tomatoes, and chili, the Margherita with tomato, salsa fresca, fior di latte, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil, and the 4 Formaggi with mozarrella, fior di latte, gorgonzola, and parmigiano are ideal options. My personal favourite was the 4 Formaggi, because in addition to having a massive sweet tooth, I'm also so thankful for being able to tolerate cheese - especially when it's paired with a glass of wine on the side!
The wood-fired oven, where the magic happens (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
For those who love seafood on their pizzas, there's the Pescatore with prawns, mussels, calamari, barramundi, garlic, and a drizzle of olive oil that offers a great sampler of the finest in seafood cuisine. There's also the Salmone with smoked salmon, crispy capers, Spanish onion, and sour cream, along with Atum / Tonno, with tuna, Spanish onion, sundried tomatoes, and kalamata olives.
For those who like more of the herbs and less of the chunkier toppings on their pizzas, there is the option of schiacciata (pizza breads) - from the Garlic and Rosemary (with a light drizzle of olive oil) to the Padano (with parmesan, rocket, and a drizzle of olive oil) to the Olive Tapenade (with tomatoes, bocconcini cheese, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil). These are perfect as appetisers to munch on, while you wait for the next slice of pizza!
For those who love their pizzas for dessert, there's the Nutella with roasted almonds, the Dulce de Leche with banana and cinnamon, and the S'mores with chocolate, roasted marshmallows, and Graham crackers. I truly wish I could tell you which was my favourite, but unfortunately, I pretty much made the same (slightly inappropriate) sounds of pure, unadulterated satisfaction with each slice, so I guess if you love chocolate, go for the Nutella - it tastes like Ferrero Rocher would be, as a pizza! If you love caramel, you're going to be a big fan of Dulche de Leche because I can't think of a more enjoyable combination of banana and cinnamon. If you love marshmallows that are roasted to perfection in a wood-fired oven, you need to indulge in the S'mores.
S'mores pizza - tastes better than it looks (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
What better way to enjoy and soak in the transition into warmer days and balmy evenings than with the ultimate pizza night offered by The Noble Gentleman in Topham Mall! For $35 per person for adults (free dining for kids under 12 years of age), this will be a great way to get friends and family together for a hearty and wholesome feast on a Wednesday evening in the heart of the Adelaide CBD.
The Noble Gentleman in Topham Mall (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)