We decided to spend our day off today in Perth, thinking that we’d have a wander around the shops and have a nice lunch somewhere. Unfortunately, it appears that Perth shuts up shop on a Bank Holiday – most of the shops, cafés and restaurants were closed. So, after roaming the streets for a while, we settled for lunch in Pizza Express. Don’t get me wrong, I like the popular chain as much as the next person, but it wasn’t quite what any of us had had in mind for today.
We started with the sharing plate of Dough Balls Doppio, little balls of fresh, hot, soft white dough served with green pesto, garlic butter and a harissa and tomato dip. The dough balls were light and fluffy, and the three dips provided a nice contrast to each other. For mains, we each went for a pizza – seems fair given where we were! I had the Rustichella – a thin and crispy pizza base topped with pancetta, mozzarella, tomatoes, rocket, Gran Milano cheese and Caesar dressing. The base was indeed thin and crispy, and the Caesar dressing gave the pizza a nice sharp hit. Dad had the same thin base topped with pepperoni, mozzarella, tomatoes and hot green peppers – otherwise known as the American Hot. Mum chose the Four Seasons pizza, which is served on the regular, slightly thicker pizza base. Each quarter had a different topping – mushrooms, pepperoni, anchovies and capers, and plain tomato and mozzarella – and the pizza was finished off with black olives.
Since we had shared a starter, we all decided to order dessert. Dad had the tiramisu, and I the chocolate brownie. Mum won again, however, with her dish of Honeycomb Cream Slice – honeycomb and chocolate pieces in a creamy topping on a layer of salted caramel and biscuit. Perhaps, in future, I shall have her order my dessert for me!
Whilst it was not quite where we had hoped to end up, we all enjoyed our meal in Pizza Express, and I can’t see any reason why we wouldn’t return in future.