Ben MitchellComment

Pizza Club Review: Better Fast Food Pizza

Ben MitchellComment
Pizza Club Review: Better Fast Food Pizza

$15 per person
16 Darby Street, Auckland Central
http://pizzaclub.co.nz/auckland-cbd/index.html

You're hungry. You ponder where to stuff your face. The food needs to be fast, cheap and preferably covered with cheese...pizza! The answer hits you: Domino's and Pizza Hut. With meals under $15 (even as low as $5), and served in ten minutes it's no wonder that both franchises are the 'restaurants' of choice for many. 

Pizza Club takes the no hold barred approach of popular pizza franchises and offers their own unique and bizarre toppings. Pizzas are priced based on size: $11 for a medium and $15 for a large. It makes for a vasty overpriced margarita, but the toppings on other pizzas are bountiful. There's a clear Indian influence here from butter chicken to paneer slathered on your pizza. The surprising part is that some of these toppings taste pretty damn good. The spicy paneer pasand was verdant with plenty of fresh coriander and chilli. Chicken tikka pizza is a new favourite, with a thick layer of fragrant chicken and spicy sauce. The crust is immediately familiar as it's identical to that of other pizza chains: thick, heavy and chewy.

Not every topping is a gem though, and you'll be playing Russian Roulette with your taste buds and wallet. The Slingshot pizza (and butter chicken) claim the award of worst pizza I've tried due to their sickly sweet, cloying, electric orange butter chicken sauce. At least more ordinary toppings are balanced such as the Kiwi Supreme, served covered in peppery meatballs.

If you're up for funky pizzas, thick with toppings, then Pizza Club is for you. Despite the awful Slingshot pizza, I know I'm craving a chicken tikka.

6/10