Pizza Express is where the Eastside Tavern used to be.
I dropped in late on a Friday evening. The place looked fresh and has been totally refurbished since the Eastside Tavern days. Gone are the TVs that adorned the old sports bar.
There were still many diners eating when I arrived close to 9pm but I was able to get a table.
The menu looked good with plenty of choice.
I quickly ordered a beer, in this case a NZ wheat beer – Mac’s Great White. I didn’t mind it!
For dinner I ordered a garlic bread and added Gorgonzola and Parmesan cheeses on the top. The Gorgonzola added a zingy bite to the bread.
For my main course I ordered their signature 13″ rectangular Calabrese pizza. The pizza was large and tasted good although it was a little oily.
Dessert was the Big Brown Brownie with vanilla gelato and caramel sauce – probably the dish of the meal.
While the food was good, it was certainly overpriced for what you got.
However, the service was absolutely abysmal. I had to put my hand up and wave it like I was back in primary school to get attention. I could have sat there for an hour ignored if I’d just sat there.
My empty beer glass sit in front of me for an extended time without anyone asking if I’d like another.
Despite the over the top prices, the thing that really pissed me off was that, unlike most Hong Kong restaurants, the prices in the menu are NOT inclusive of the 10% service fee… so I had the pleasure of paying 10% more than I thought I would be paying while having endured some really crappy service. Not impressed!
Truth be told, life is too short, give this place a miss.