I decided to go for a pizza a few days ago. I’d seen a place locally that looked interesting. The menu outside boasted “imported Italian ingredients”. I had a feeling not to go in when I was outside, but I was hungry.
I asked if I could take photos inside, they said no. My second warning ! (The pizza photo is a stock image from morgueFile.com)
The pizza arrived topped with a sprig of Thai Basil. Thai basil tastes a bit like fennel and absolutely nothing like Italian basil, sweet basil or whatever the correct name for it is. On inspection of the cheese, I’d say it’s more likely German mozzarella, very much the consistency of Dr Oetker pizza cheese – nothing like imported Italian mozzarella. The base, hard to tell, a slight possibility it’s authentic Italian flour, but after the other ingredients being “fake”, I doubt it.
The pizza was quite large (a good thing), and tasted OK, apart from the above staved on my hunger for a few hours !
I finished eating and the waitress removed the plate virtually just as I put my knife and fork down. Good service or a bit hasty, you can decide. So I asked for the bill. It arrived and they’d already added service charge and tax which I wasn’t expecting. Some restaurants do add these things on the bill, the tax is a bit cheeky really, most of the time the price includes tax in restaurants here.
“Please, write below the amount of money you give to the waiter for paying your bill ……..” – well, erm, nothing actually I’ve already paid for service, which was ok, apart from lying about the ingredients !
Hopf Brew House, I will probably not visit again. The service charge and tax being added are a bit underhand, but I could have just refused to pay the service charge, if I wanted to. I’m obliged to pay VAT so little I could have done about that, price on the menu outside should have included it – I’m not a VAT registered business so I do pay VAT and want to know about it before I decide to eat in the restaurant.
Hopf Brew House Pizza – 2/10 – and that’s mainly because the menu completely lies about the ingredients, Thai basil isn’t the same as Italian basil, a world of difference in taste.
So these guys got a bad review, not quite annoying enough for tripadvisor … I’ll save that for when I get short changed …
Lesson again learnt, German’s aren’t Pizza (or Pasta) chefs … Or maybe I’m just a Pizza and Pasta snob !
On the bright side, they’ve given me something to write about today and it’s another place to tick off on my search for the best Pizza in the world 🙂 … so far Sardinia had the best pizzas I’ve ever eaten.