In real life, I do discuss food exactly like how I write in my food review articles. As always my food reviews are scored only on what I've tried and the service expected of that type of establishment.
Published June 29th 2014
New York style pizzas, pastas and burgers
In the back streets of Chinatown, you'll find this little New York style pizza joint. Ever since it was relocated to its current location it has become more popular with takeaway customers. However don't be fooled by the line at the entrance, there is a dining area located inside the store.
[ADVERT]When you enter you will be greeted with a wall length counter on the right side. The takeaway section is closest to the entrance, then the drinks fridge, normal cashier and the enclosed kitchen is enclosed with the white writing on a black background. Words straight out of the menu are literally part of the interior aesthetic.
The left wall features a greyish blue that is interestingly reminiscent of impressionistic artworks. The dining area features wooden tables and chairs covered in wood grain, which nicely matches the wooden peels that the pizza is served on.
In order to get drinks, there is a trial of observation involved. Do not try to force open the fridge doors because a part of the counter blocks them. Instead politely ask the waiters and they can retrieve your drink from the fridge's secret door at its back. Just like supermarket fridge only its not so obvious how the items get into the fridge.
The menu consists of a selection of traditional and contemporary pizzas, Wagyu and chicken burgers as well as pastas and entrees. There are quite a few more inventive options, however the decision was made to try the more basic items.
I have not tried New York style pizza before. The Hawaiian was soft and not really crunchy yet not the doughy almost break in the your hands base of some wood fired pizzas. The slices were cut quite big even though the smallest sized pizza was ordered. The pineapple stood out as they were particularly juicy and even stood its ground against the ham.
The carbonara was as creamy and rich as one would expect. However there is a slight twist, there's extra pepper giving it a slight kick. The slight spice gave the carbonara an interesting flavour where you were constantly caught between the creaminess and peppery spice, never knowing which one would be prominent that second.
The hastily snapped photo of the wagyu burger was due to its popularity, full of rich flavour from both the soft beef patty and the crunch of the lettuce with sauces that you just don't care what they are. Even the taste of the mustard that might not have been to my liking was quickly overcome by the other flavours. In short the burger itself was barely put on the table before it was relished. I deliberately chose the cheapest wagyu burger. It's inconceivable how good it was when I've tried wagyu burgers more than three times its price.
While sampling the spicy buffalo wing entree, you'll discover that the dining area is perfectly situated to two games of observation. Not only can you bet on who tries to break the drinks fridge, you are also astounded by the how a majority of the takeaway people dress. Before you know it your fellow diners will be wrapped up in playing 'oh no they didn't in the city' and finding humorous explanations.
Normally I wouldn't advocate making judgements about what people wear, and people are entitled to wear what they like. However we are talking about absolutely would make the average person look twice shocking dressing habits that are happening in the CBD(!) and not in the suburbs. The standard is so low that you the average person are already a fashion expert. Unfortunately its a subset of international students who are the perpetrators. Caution - this game is only to be played whilst eating the entree lest you lose your appetite during the main course.
Conversely, Panned Pizza is running the What the Hell Burger Challenge. Its one of those timed eatathons where you have to eat a specified list of food. At the time of writing, only one person has successfully completed the challenge. If you're interested notify the friendly staff.
Panned Pizza not only offers great food at very affordable prices. The interior design offers in house diners the opportunity to play observation games: 'who tries to break the drinks fridge' and 'oh no they didn't in the city'.
Service – 5 stars; friendly, quick service
Atmosphere – 4 stars; bustling, busy takeaway queues and comfortable in house dining
Food – 5 stars; basics that were given a nice twist and nice variety in the menu
Uniqueness factor – amazingly cheap and good wagyu burger as well as being able to test your friends' observation skills