Lower Ground, Raffles City
268 Xizang Road
Was keen to check out a pizza joint that’s close to our service apartment… and Papa John’s looked really promising because they’re a large chain around Shanghai. Something odd I have to point out though – pizza is bizzarely expensive in Shanghai. Technically, it’s really cheap to make, but the menu prices are always sky high. A regular pizza is basically 3x the price of a very decent (and filling) meal in other places. I don’t get it.. and it’s totally unfair ‘cos I want mah cheap pizza! *whines*
Um. Where was I?
OK, so Papa John’s has this familiar, cheery interior that’s casual and inviting. We settled happily and were delighted to find an English-friendly, fully pictorial large menu. Awesome! Their star dish is, obvously, their pizza. But we kinda made the mistake of only ordering 1 pizza and got 2 entrees to go with it. In retrospect, we should’ve just skipped the entrees ‘cos they were… ermm… not good.
The Goulash soup – “juicy beef, plump tomatoes, fresh potatoes and zety onions make this a hearty feed” sounded really enticing but was only average in reality. A thin, tomato broth with little bits of kinda tough beef (definitely not “juicy”) and slivers of tomato (not “plump” either) and what looked like a tumble of that frozen potato/carrot/pea mix (and sooo not “fresh”). To be frank, it was just like some canned soup – total meh.
The Baked stuffed mushrooms – “plump, garden-picked mushrooms and juicy flavour-filled minced pork baked with mozzarella cheese and mushroom sauce” was a bit strange. It was just weird to have some hard pork lumps stuffed into the mushrooms.. and the cheese/mushroom sauce was basically floating in oil. It was OK when it was hot, but it was positively yuck when it went cold. Don’t think I’ll be ordering that one again ;)
But their Super Papa’s pizza – “pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, onions, mushrooms, green peppers”. Oooooo. It was fabulous! A nice, thick, filling crust.. and very tasty ingredients. I did wish they’d put half the amount of cheese though.. the sheer amount overwhelmed the rest of the ingredients and it was wet with oil. Still, very tasty and next time, we’ll just head straight for the pizzas instead ;)
Check out their totally enticing menus!
Goulash soup – juicy beef, plump tomatoes, fresh potatoes and zety onions make this a hearty feed
Baked stuffed mushrooms – plump, garden-picked mushrooms and juicy
flavour-filled minced pork baked with mozzarella cheese and mushroom sauce
Super Papa’s pizza – pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, onions, mushrooms, green peppers
Mmmmm cheesy goodness
A 50元-off voucher they gave me, at least I presume that’s what it is?
Can someone please help translate what this is and how/when to use it?????