Pizzeria & Chef Joe at Hard Rock Hotel, Penang - The Yum List
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Pizzeria & Chef Joe at Hard Rock Hotel, Penang
Tandoori Chicken Pizza – spicy marinated chicken with mango raita and capsicum chutney
Anti pasto selection – char grilled octopus, roasted pepper salad, marinated eggplant, balsamic mushrooms, marinated feta salad and French toast. Delicious with extra virgin olive oil and tender smoky octopus.
Wood Oven Seabass – baked with olive oil and herbs, served with eggplant caponata Cookie Monster – Vanilla ice cream with cookie bits, green tea ice cream in a tart shell and mixed berry compote – chef’s invention of the day
Big friendly Chef Joe charms his customers with his warm heart and thin crust pizzas. A fan of the flying pizza, in house entertainment is provided as he spins the dough into pirouettes that would make any ballerina envious. Not only providing pre dinner amusement and whetting the appetite, those aerodynamic gyrations are actually the gentlest way to handle the dough. The spinning air flow helps to round out the base but dries out the dough just enough forming a perfectly crispy crust. A hand thrown pizza will have a slightly higher crust on the outer edge – ideal for keeping the ingredients on top.
Chef Joe’s signature pizza is a la Vostra, but he too rejoices in local infusions concocting new creations such as the local favourite, Tandoori Chicken Pizza. Bedecked with spicy marinated chicken, mango raita and capsicum chutney, I can see why it’s a community hit. Too spicy for hubby, border line spicy for me, I quite enjoyed the challenge of the heat and the mix of textures formed by the crisp crust, tender chicken and creamy sauces. The staff were tremendously sweet watching us give this number a whirl. They saw hubby struggling with the fieriness and, encouraging him to enjoy the heat as you might coax a toddler to take his first step, offered some extra cheese to absorb the sting – which to our surprise did offer some respite.
A simple menu of starters, salads, pizza, pasta and a few mains are perfect fillers for fun by the sea. The Sand Bar next door will attend to your refreshments and Joe will take care of your entertainment as he whirls and twirls to the sound of Hard Rock tunes.