Birthdays are best celebrated in a casual environment, with fab food and great company. Melt Pizzeria ticked all the boxes (except for providing great company, we could do that well enough thank you very much) for a fellow bud’s twenty-third a couple of weeks ago – time flies, goodness me!
Dimmed lighting, comfortable cushioned ‘box stools’ and a friendly din set the scene for a casual night out with the girls. The wait staff were friendly, despite spoiling the surprise at the end, and the very narrow eatery had an open kitchen concept, which was great. Tapas specials were written in chalk on one side of the wall which flowed on to a manly bar filled lined with bottles and glasses.
As always, the camera fails in dimmed lighting. The next tapas was chicken cacciatore with pan-fried potatoes. More like chicken sausage cacciatore. Not my favourite but passable. If only they could tone down the salt in this, it would make it all the more pleasant to eat.
Next up, the funghi pizza. Oh funghi is yum. I love mushrooms of all types. This pizza is packed with porcini, watercress – an interesting addition, parmesan, fior di latte and topped with a free range egg and a mound of finely grated parmesan. Win!
The patata is a wildcard and a HIT! A medly of crushed potato, porcini, truffles, mozzarella, walnuts, parsley, parmesan and sharp taleggio cheese. The best of carbs on carbs, this pizza delivers in aroma (cue generous amounts of truffles), taste (the wonderful cocktail of mouthwatering flavours!) and satiety (of course, with this much carbs, it must be substantial). Dish of the night, I reckon! A must-try if you ever pop by to Melt.
I assure you, the actual pizza looks nothing like this gross red mess. Contrarily, it was topped with scallops, potato, peas, spring onion and truffles. These people are very generous with their truffles. Though the Patata packs a greater punch, the Scallop was altogether a pleasant dish.
To round it up, we had the dessert pizza of chocolate, crushed pistachio and frangelico cream. Mmm…frangelico! Always a fan of infused liquor, especially in a dessert, my slice was demolished in no time. A wonderful sweet end to a relaxed celebration of friendship (and ageing).
Melt Pizzeria | 160 King William Rd, Hyde Park, 5061 | (08) 82728186