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Published March 12th 2014
For Burley Blokes And Wenches
Now that's a good looking pizza!
The name of this restaurant conjures up images of big burly blokes with unshaven beardstwirling beer and burping loudly. It's easy to imagine the waitresses as young maidens with frilly underwear and bulging bosoms. Of course, this was not the case at Hamlet's. The wall paint colours and the décor are a little bit rustic but nowhere like in my imagination.
A lovely treed outdoor dining area
When we arrived at Hamlet's the children were impressed that we were asked where we would like to sit. There was outdoor and indoor seating. We chose a booth in corner. From this position we could still see the wood fire raging.
A nice big pile of Spag Bol for kids
My mission was to taste the wood fired pizza, but the kids had other ideas. They choose the typical kids meals of spaghetti bolognese and chicken nuggets and chips. They were both very fresh and large servings. I think they were homemade on the premises.
There were some very nice and unusual variations on a pizza menu. I was interested in the Patata which is Napoli sauce mozzarella, potatoes, red onion, rocket, rosemary, garlic and olive oil. However, we ended up getting a very colourful Al Polo which was a delicious combination of Napoli sauce, mozzarella, chicken, fresh mango, zucchini, red capsicum, cheese and basil oil.
This pizza reminded me how much I love pizza, especially wood fired pizza with a crisp base. But it turned out that the pesto bread was the highlight of the night. It was like a soft yeasty dough with mozzarella, basil, pinenuts, garlic and olive oil. I could have eaten this all night… and for breakfast and then lunch!
Pizza is the most popular takeaway item at Hamlet's but they also sell plenty of other menu items such as risotto, pasta, salads and large plate meals. A scotch fillet will set you back $30, but this was the most expensive item on the menu.
There's plenty of on-site parking and the staff seem pretty laid-back and welcoming. Unfortunately I was too full to try the dessert, but I loved the sound of the Nutella and strawberry pastry (cooked in the wood fire of course) with vanilla bean ice cream. Such a bargain for only $12.