Pizza Express have had a couple of vegan options for a while now, but there are two new additions to their menu which sound a lot more interesting than the usual bit-of-veg effort, so of course me and Danny thought we’d take one for the team and try them out for you all. Really no need to thank us! Please.
Upon looking at the vegan menu, I realise it’s actually more extensive than I first thought. You can have a 3-course meal here on three seperate occasions without eating the same thing more than once. Lovely! So for starters, you can have Vegan Dough Balls served with “pestorissa”, a harissa spiced dip, which sounds divine. I adore harissa, and also anything carb-y, so these went down a treat. Would be nice if they conjured up a vegan garlic butter too… just a thought.
They also have Marinated Olives and Roasted Tomatoes, but I see these more as sides than starters – each to their own though! I have a bit of a fat appetite so these seem lacklustre.
There are 9 vegan main options, so I’m not going to reel them all off because I am not a Pizza Express menu. If you’re interested you can go on their website, but if I’m totally honest, the two pizzas we ordered definitely sound the fittest. We got the Puttanesca, which is jackfruit marinated in a traditional Puttanesca sauce (obvs), finished with fresh parsley. I absolutely love that they branched out with this one, as I am so used to eating just veggies on restaurant pizzas. And not even the veggies I like, it’s always fancy stuff like artichoke and aubergine. Not a fan to be honest! The jackfruit was lovely though, the sauce it’s marinaded in is so flavoursome, and the olives & capers make it taste savoury but not salty. My only qualm is that the base is so thin and the toppings so hefty, that it was a bit like a tortilla wrap and kept tearing, so I ended up folding and eating it like a calzone. Not really an issue, just depends how sturdy you like your pizza base.
We also split the New Mushroom & Pine Nut Christmas Pizza, without the pine nuts because Danny is a freak who can’t appreciate good things (nuts in food. Not allergic, just weird). I’m a bit biased here because you could probably put mushrooms on dirt and I would think it was incredible, but I really enjoyed this one. I think it was actually my favourite vegan pizza I’ve ever had. Big statement I know, but it was all mushroom and garlic and rosemary and cheese, it was like fancy Christmas garlic bread. Which is a good thing, trust me.
For dessert, the vegan options are Coconut Sorbet (boring), Raspberry Sorbet (boring but Danny likes it), New Carrot Cake, and New Dough Balls. The Dough Balls are dusted with cinnamon and icing sugar, and come with a Fruit Coulis dip, but I still don’t think I could deal with the fact they’re supposed to be savoury (in my mind). Same with people who like dessert calzones and pizzas, it just isn’t for me. The carrot cake on the other hand looks gorgeous, so moist (sorry!) and creamy (sorry?), with an abundance of icing, plus it’s served with tea which would be lovely at the end of a meal, however we didn’t order dessert as we were doing 2 for 1 and Danny doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth – I would usually have ordered two for myself for the sake of it but I’m doing Slimming World and felt like that would just be taking the piss a bit. If you’ve tried it, let me know how it was! Let me live vicariously through you.
Peace & pizza x