London is becoming an exciting pizzeria-hub, with inventive yet delicious toppings that we’ve all come to know and love.
With the expansion of smaller pizza eateries such as Pizza Pilgrims and Franco Manca, it wasn’t long before a new contender was on the market with the name of Homeslice. Serving inventive flavours, with a regularly updated short snappy menu, it wasn’t long before I gave in and succumbed to my pizza craving.
As with all new popular eateries in London, the restaurant is small and intimate and doesn’t take reservations. Get here early on a weekday evening to avoid disappointment or avoid peak times on a weekend, as the location of the establishment ensures that this place is consistently busy.
Luckily we arrived off-peak and a table for four opened up with minutes.
Serving 11 different pizza toppings on the day of our arrival, the menu was enticing with pizza toppings rarely found at alternative pizzerias.
With a choice of either a slice for £4 or a 20″ pizza for £20, we decided to order half and half of the latter.
I’m not usually one to veer away from any meat options available, but surprisingly the vegetarian and pescetarian options sounded a lot more intriguing. Since I was with pescetarian eaters, it wasn’t too much of a let-down – although I did spot haggis on the menu which would have made an interesting pizza.
We decided to pick scallop salsa verde, watercress and peanut and for the other half, aubergine, cauliflower cheese, spinach and harissa.
The scallop side of the pizza was the one I was most excited to try as I love scallops but would never have thought to add them to the pizza.
Unfortunately, I missed the sear from the scallops and they were lost in the overall taste of the pizza and didn’t work as a pizza topping. The pizza as a whole, was a little too dry and could have done with more salsa verde, but in doing so would again have been too much for subtle scallop taste. The peanuts however, gave a nice crunch and an extra depth of flavour.
The aubergine side of the pizza was the winning side with an oomph of spice from the harissa and, soft earthy flavour from the aubergine all balanced with creamy cauliflower cheese. The base of the pizza from both sides was thin, crispy and was certainly a large enough size for 4 people and coming in at great value for a restaurant in such a central location.
Homeslice is an up and coming eaterie regardless of its faults. Personally, I admire an eaterie to try new flavour combinations and to challenge diners with the unexpected and although I didn’t believe the scallops worked as a topping, the aubergine was a beautiful pizza that I had no complaints about. If you love pizza but are sick of the run-of-the-mill pizza toppings available elsewhere, you may find Homeslice a breath of fresh air.
– Homeslice, Covent Garden