Monday, January 16, 2012

La Q Woodfired Pizza - (Melbourne)

  This is a popular Pizzeria in Kew and has scored some decent ratings online,  and we used to eat here once in a while due to its low Corkage Fee Policy.  They also carry a short wine list with some not-so-absurd wine mark ups by the bottles.   Another attraction of eating pizzas here is their wood fired oven,  which is taken for granted in Japan and Australia but there is what?  A grand total of 1 shop in a population of 7 million people here in Hong Kong,  a bit of an international embarrassment. 



Wood Fire Oven -
This oven imparts a nice smoky flavour.

Water -

B.Y.O. Wine -
Needed to drink up some old wines..


Chicken Napoli, Cheese, Roast Capsicum, Mushroom & Pesto – AUD $18.50
This looked a bit average but the par-cooked chicken were still moist which is a good sign.  The pizza crust looked charred but was surprisingly well balanced between being crisp and doughy,  without being brittle or too thin.  This was also quite SMOKY from the wood fire oven, another plus.   ~  7/10



Prosciutto Napoli, Goats Cheese, Roast Capsicum, Pesto – AUD $18.5
This was deliberately ordered to have similar ingredients to the above but swapping chicken for prosciutto and mozz for goats cheese.   A good pizza with a decent ham and goats cheese quality and just the right amount of tomato base,  which is not too tomato paste like unlike the many commercial shops out there.   ~  7/10


Spaghetti ai Frutti di Mare – AUD $19.50
This was a pretty average dish,  but sitting in a strongish seafood broth and what looked like frozen seafood you could buy from the supermarket.   Luckily the pasta was cooked al dente enough.   For the price and amount of seafood, passable.   ~   6/10

Grated Parmesan -
For the pastas.

Wood Fired Pizza House -
Recipes aren’t necessarily authentic Italian as expected,  much like 95% of Italian restaurants in Australia are very obviously Aust-Italian than True-Italian.  That’s not to say it isn’t any good but I can’t help but cringe whenever I see a Menu which contains items called “Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese” or a “Fettucine Carbonara served with cream, bacon and spring onion",  or a “Pizza base that doesn’t resemble much of true Italian pizza base”.   It is not so much about the taste side of the equation which might still be decent,   but the terminology chosen to describe the menu items as being authentically Italian,  when it totally isn’t.    Australians are totally getting duped as usual.

Price: AUD $20 per person
Food: ♕♕♕ 1/2

Opening Hours:
Sun -  17:00–22:00
Tues to Sat -    17:00–22:00pm

223 High street, Kew, Melbourne 3101
Ph: (03) 98550233

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