Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ
Latest critic review: September 26, 2010
a bit too pleased with itself
Me and my 7 year old daughter were plopped by the door one Sunday lunchtime by slightly haughty waitress. Ok so we're not going to be big-spending diners but do they have to make it so obvious? (note to self: don't tip)
My little girl loved the whitebait and pizza we shared but overall this was a disappointing experience even compared to say Pizza Express, which is saying something...
I went to Pizza East this week with a party of 15 of us . Because of the numbers we had to email our preferences but a set menu of three/four courses to share was £30 - Which I thought a little pricey for a pizza but was pleasantly surprised when I was served some delicious starters which we all passed across to each other sharing the delight. Chicken livers with spicey polenta , mixed beetroot salad, cauliflower carbonara, rocket salad with parmesan and big plates of mixed cheese and meats - I was pretty full by the time the pizza came - it didn't blow my socks off as much as the starters but it was very good.
Very nice decor, a good atmosphere, busy for a monday night , very nice lighting and we were all very well looked after. If you fancy posh pizza - head on down -
I visited Pizza East on Sunday with 3 friends for lunch. We were very impressed with the décor of the building and the way that you have retained many of the original features of the building.
We ordered our drinks which were a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. I was very disappointed to find that a very small cranberry juice cost £3. The orange juice was £2.50 which was more understandable as it appeared to be fresh, but the cost of the cranberry juice seemed excessive as it had come out of a carton and was full to the brim of ice, in fact the cost of the small cranberry juice which was not even in a half pint glass cost more than a half pint of beer.
We then ordered our food which was a variety of pizza and two lasagne dishes. The lasagne was not to our satisfaction at all. The presentation of the lasagne was awful. It appeared as a dry lump on the plate, not even a salad garnish was included. The lasagne itself was very dry and tasted bland. There was a lack of tomato in the lasagne and it was difficult to eat because it was so dry. The waitress did not enquire during our meal if everything was ok, and it was difficult to get anyone's attention. When a different waiter came to clear our plates and the lasagne was not finished I tried to explain how disappointed I was with my meal, but he was uninterested and walked off without saying anything.
All in all the visit was a disappointing experience.