1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen, Lower Parel

“There’s very little in my world that a foot massage and a thin-crust, everything-on-it pizza won’t set right.” – G. A. McKevett

Today, on my First Blogiversary, here I am professing my undying and eternal love for pizzas yet again! The ‘Pizza by the slice’ is an amazing concept for all the pizza fanatics like me since we get to try so many varieties of pizzas without damaging the wallet much. Located in Mathuradas mills compound, 1Tablespoon is yet another pizza kitchen serving jumbo pizza slices like Sbarro and other countable few pizzerias, apart from their large 11′ thin crust pizzas and a few sides and beverages, since October 2015.

 

AMBIENCE:

 

The decor is minimalistic yet clean and tidy with adequately lit, cream-coloured interiors, doodles all over the cabinets and pillars, few framed news articles and consumer reviews on one of the walls, merely two tables and a few chairs allowing very few patrons to dine in at once, a glass counter displaying some jumbo slices of freshly baked pizzas followed by the pizza kitchen within.

 

BEVERAGES & SIDES: 2.5/5

 

While the Raspberry Iced Tea tasted decent (although nothing to rave about) with a good enough balance between sweet and citrusy tones; the Lemon Iced Tea missing out on the perfect sweet-sour blend and the rather watered down Tropical Punch were both DISAPPOINTING.

 

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The Cheese Stuffed Garlic Dinner Rolls were a different version of garlic bread with thicker and fluffy bread having a very faint or almost negligible flavour of garlic and were stuffed with a very measly amount of cheese, making them too dry to taste.

 

PIZZAS: 4.5/5

 

New York Cheese

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The only vegetarian variety of pizza that we tried here, was definitely a hit with it’s soft and thin hand tossed crust with a crisply done edge dressed in plenty of tomato sauce and springy, stringy and supple mozzarella cheese; a tangy, salty and sweet combination that can never go wrong! The add-on of fresh basil that we requested for, added a fresh crunch to every bite.

 

Chorizo

 

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This thin crusted hand tossed pizza smeared with copious amounts of tangy tomato sauce along with oodles of milky-sweet mozzarella cheese, was topped with shreds and chunks of spicy and salty chorizo (goan sausages)  and spicy honey having a faint sweet aftertaste was drizzled atop. The resultant pizza slice gave out wonderfully tangy, sweet, salty and spicy flavours!

 

Americano

 

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This one comprised of spicy, peppery, soft and juicy pork pepperoni also having a faint salty kick along with the tangy, milky-sweet and salty combination of tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. The fiery hot and spicy chilli oil drizzled atop made it a lip smacking and deliciously spicy affair!

 

BBQ Pollo

 

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The tanginess of the tomato sauce, milky sweetness of the stringy, springy and supple mozzarella coupled with the smoky aroma and flavour of the chewy, firm yet stringy textured scamorza and the gentle smoky flavours with a faint spicy kick imparted by the moist and juicy chunks of roasted barbecue chicken teamed up to form yet another marvellous a combination to taste!

 

Spicy Salami

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The mesmerizing aroma wafting in the air, courtesy the baked spices and herbs of the well seasoned salami and the plenty of sliced garlic, was absolutely inviting to begin with! The abundant spicy, red, thin and large slices of chicken salami that managed to cover almost the entire pizza slice, revealed just tiny areas of the crust smeared with fresh and tangy tomato sauce and some milky-sweet and stringy mozzarella cheese. The addition of sliced garlic cloves took this pizza slice to yet another level of awesomeness with it’s characteristic spiciness and well toned down and faint pungent notes.

 

Tandoori Chicken

 

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The faint smoky notes of the tandoori spice marinated chicken chunks (albeit their small size) having a rather sweet aftertaste, the sweetness and faint bitterness of the crunchy juliennes of green bell peppers and the characteristic earthy and spicy accent with borderline sweetness imparted by the crunchy onions coupled with the tangy, sweet and supple combination of tomato sauce and mozzarella was yet again a hit!

 

SERVICE:

 

Our attendant for the evening Mr.Venky and the artist back in the kitchen Mr. Charles, were both wonderful hosts. But the fact that they had no idea about the concept and were clueless about the reason behind naming the venture so, was disappointing. The service was very warm, welcoming, kind, attentive and reasonably fast though.

 

VERDICT:

 

Food quality – 4/5

 

Food quantity – 4/5

 

Ambience – 3/5

 

Service – 4/5

 

VFM – NA (Our meal here was complimentary, courtesy an invitation by the restaurant to sample their menu.)
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