|Bacon & Mushroom; penne with bacon, mushrooms & fresh herbs in a garlic and parmesan cream sauce, topped with shaved parmesan & fresh chives 17.50|
This sounds rather delicious on paper (in fact it looks it too!), but if you take away the appetizing description, you’re left with a bland, almost tasteless pasta dish. Sounds pretty harsh but you either have to cover it with pepper or salt for it to have some sort of flavour. For me the mushrooms were the highlight (and that’s saying something as i’m not usually a fan), so I just started picking out the mushrooms. Another let down was the spaghetti. Not because it’s spaghetti, but because the original dish comes with penne, however they had run out so we had to settle for this.
Correct me if i’m wrong, but I did hear that in Italy, the pasta is enjoyed bland. However, from a Korean background of spice, kimchi and choc blocked flavoured foods, i instantly sprayed the spaghetti in cracked pepper. There was no fault in the texture or the combination of ingredients, just needed that extra saucy flavour in my opinion.
|Broome; finely sliced chicken breast fillet, Australian mozzarella & GPK’s tomato sauce 16.90|
I can’t be as harsh about the pizza as I was for the pasta. Main reason being, this goes waaaaay back for me. Like 10 years back. I remember every time I visited my grandma’s house I would get this to eat. So I guess it kinda just stuck. Even now it’s the default choice everytime I go to GPK, and because of this Alvina has had to eat it one too many times haha. Anyway, this too is slightly bland, but nothing cracked pepper can’t fix!
As i said above, perhaps the Italians, prefer their pizza with no overwhelming flavour, but i agree with Anna when she says nothing cracked pepper can’t fix.. The chicken breast complemented the cheese perfectly, and the doughy flavour was not too overpowering. Just a little flavour again is all i ask for =)
Thought the pink lemonade matched the ring perfectly!
|Soft drinks; 3.80|
Peach iced tea; 4.20
Pretty negative review on my part, but i’ve tried a couple of other options on the menu and they’re actually really nice. I love the taste of wood fired pizza so for a decent range with affordable prices, you can’t really pass up GPK.
Not the best Italian i have had in terms of flavours, but it did fill the tummy and was affordable.
Gourmet Pizza Kitchen (GPK)
60 Archer St
Chatswood NSW 2067
Phone: (02) 9411 8000