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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Fire And Stone


Global travel is expensive and time consuming. We all love visiting exotic locations but sometimes it's just not possible, especially during a recession. Luckily, Fire and Stone is bringing glamorous destinations direct to your plate. With three London locations to choose from (plus a couple of others outside the capital), you can now transport yourself to Asia, Africa or Australia via the medium of Pizza.

Fire and Stone has always served up the most imaginative and creative toppings, but now it is trialling a new, improved menu with new pizzas and improved recipes for existing favourites. For the uninitiated, every single pizza on the menu is inspired by a city with toppings typical for that country. For example, the Hong Kong is topped with Chinese five spiced pulled pork ribs and hoi sin sauce, while the London is topped with sausage, bacon, mushrooms and roast potatoes. Perfect for a Diamond Jubilee celebration.

However, the two pizzas we tried were the Cape Town and the New Delhi. The Cape Town was a great representation of the spicy South African city, covered with spicy shredded beef, pepperoni, spicy green chillies and topped with mozzarella and huge dollops of sour cream. Meaty and spicy, the pizza packs quite a punch, but cooled down with the soothing sour cream.
Even better was the the New Delhi. Indian spiced chicken, red chillies, spring onions, a sprinkling of mint and loads of coriander. If you closed your eyes while eating this pizza, you would be convinced you were in a curry house eating a naan topped with chicken tikka. This pizza has such an authentic taste, that it should almost be considered a genuine Indian delicacy. If we were to be critical then perhaps it had slightly too much coriander, but on the whole this must be considered one of our all-time favourite pizzas. Even the base was perfect, lighter and fluffier than before, with a crust dusted with Parmesan.

All this had been preceded by two equally brilliant starters. Crispy deep fried calamari helped us work up an appetite, as did the arancini; little deep fried balls of risotto which were deceptively filling. Don't eat too many of these if you want to finish your main course. To round off our meal, we shared the vanilla and lemon cheesecake; a smooth, zesty mousse and crumbly base, completed with a strawberry on top.

Officially, the new menu is still being trialed, but we certainly hope it's here to stay. At present, it's only available in the Spitalfields branch of Fire and Stone, so make sure to give your feedback!

4 Horner Square, E1 6EW

Average price for main course: £10
Average price for glass of wine: £5
Food/Drink: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Value: 4/5

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