I am a freelance writer from Perth who is passionate about food and loves exploring new and exciting places. My best trait is that I am honest...and my worst trait is that I am honest. I will provide reviews that are well thought out and fair.
Published October 14th 2012
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie thats amore
My partner and I had been to Brando's before, and I had enjoyed the pizza and requested to go back for a midweek dinner as I had a hankering for pizza. We had booked a table for two, and they had put a reserved sign on the table right near the door. We didn't want to sit in the draft and have customers coming and going around us, so we moved to a quiet table towards the back. I was confused as to why they would have reserved that particular table but it was easy enough to move anyway.
For the entrée, we decided to share a garlic bread ($5) and calamari ($14). The lightly floured calamari came with chorizo on a bed of various types of lettuce. It was delivered quickly and we eagerly started on it. It was a small portion, and was kind of drowned in dressing, but it was tasty all the same.
I had a small sized pizza for my main meal. I selected the 'creamy chicken' pizza that had spinach, red onion, feta, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts and a creamy sauce ($16). I swear that I actually only got one pine nut on the whole pizza though. They were definitely stingy on the pine nuts. The base was lovely, though, and I enjoyed the pizza overall.
My partner had the surf and turf ($32) and complained that his steak was overdone and that the sauce wasn't particularly saucy, it was thick and oniony. He didn't enjoy the ribs the last time we were there either.
We received our garlic bread after the main meals, and I mean, after we had finished our main meals. The waitress said that she was bringing the garlic bread out and then didn't, and then we asked at the counter and they said that it was coming out… and it came out ten minutes later. It was a Wednesday night though and was not particularly busy so there really is no excuse.
How could a pizza possibly be cooked and ready before a garlic bread is ready? There is something up with this place and garlic bread. I have visited Brando's Pizzeria before and the exact same thing happened to us. What are the chances of it happening twice? Especially since garlic bread is one of the quickest things to make. I don't understand why it was such a hassle, and I didn't appreciate the delay… either time.
So, the restaurant is clean and spacious. The lighting is nice and there is a good distance between tables. The wait staff are presented well, but are a bit aloof and don't seem too fussed about bringing out water or asking for drink orders unless prompted. You have to order at the counter, too, which seems a bit cheap and nasty as it would be easy enough to provide table service.
Overall, this place does awesome pizza… but perhaps that is what they should stick to. Don't bother ordering anything else as the rest of the food is pretty average. You are safe with the pizza though, and it is damn good.