Oliva Dolce – Shepherds Bush

November 4, 2011
Manzo pizza from Oliva Dolce

Manzo pizza from Oliva Dolce

Oliva Dolce sits on the no-mans-land section of Goldhawk Road (not Bush, not Chiswick, Askew Road is the ‘nice’ bit). They’re a takeaway pizza place which shares premises with a Chinese takeaway place (though from appearances the two are run separately but amicably).

They have a £7.95 collection only, any-pizza deal. I got a 13″ Manzo, substituting jalapenos for mushrooms. The pizza comes with ham, prosciutto, pepperoni, and jalapenos, and smelt so good I almost downed half of it in the street walking home. Full of flavour and much fresher tasting than other pizza joints in the area. The crust was thin and chewy, crisp and not greasy at all.

Would I pay full price for delivery? Yes. Compared to other deals in the area, they sit nicely between super-expensive super shitty Hell’s Pizza, and Domino’s with their £9.95 collection deal, and the £6-7 very dodgy pizza come chicken shops, wares loaded with inches of ‘I can’t believe this is mozzarella’ and oozing more grease than the chicken wings themselves. Quality and taste wise they beat them all.

My new “Very Lazy- Very Hungry” day food-choice.

Only downside – their website
is rubbish… You have to put in a complete post-code before looking at the menu and half the pizzas have no description next to them.

Oliva Dolce (Goldhawk Road branch) – 106 Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 8HD
Tel – 0208 743 4500

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December 22, 2009


Hung Tao is another favourite Queensway stalwart, yes, I have many but which one I choose depends on a lot of factors – time of day, mood, what I feel like eating, how flashy a restaurant I want to go to.

Hung Tao is where I go when I just want GOOD FOOD and NOW. When I was younger it was the best place to go to be able to surreptitiously perv whilst my dad and bro chatted football but that’s another story…

Reasons why I love Hung Tao

1. Congee – pork/ fish and pi dan. Perfect for cold days/ sick days/ comfort food days

2. Beef Flank with Hor Fun – it’s beef, slow cooked, with gravy, and rice noodles…. appropriately name cos fod me it’s just one massive multiple orgasm on a plate

3. Some of the staff have been there for nigh on twenty years. They’re not chatty, but super lovely and anything you ask they’ll help you out

4. Toilets – actually pretty clean for a small restaurant

5. Roast meat – not as fatty as Four Seasons but for me that’s a good thing. I actually prefer the Roast Duck here (so SUE me – huh)

6. One dish meals (see above) – simple, quick, tasty, no need for a mini banquet or having to agree on stuff

7. Solo diners- you could eat here by yourself and it’s fine! Maybe better cos then can concentrate on the food instead of small talk heheh

8. £10 per head – max, even with a beer or two. One dish meals skirt the £5 mark. What can you buy in London for £5? F%$& All, that’s what.

Yeah, baby, I heart Hung Tao…. come on beef flank…. come to mama…


December 14, 2009


cf. Last post re: Defectors Weld.

There’s a reason why I generally avoid eating “Western Food” out in the UK/ London. Overpriced disappointments. Yes, I’m biased. I’m Asian. Also partially British as I was born here, but food-wise, I dream about hawkers food, and chillies, dumplings, rice and noodles. I know what hits the spot and I know what makes my stomach churn (corned beef, mushy peas, baked beans – yuk yuk yuk bleurgh).

So I have my go-to places in all areas of London. Places which can provide satisfying repast, usually visited multiple occasions over 20 years or more. They’re not Nobu or Hakkasan, and are not great places for celeb spotting, and maybe the more refined of you may find the service a tad brusque, but they have good food. And you’ll leave with a Happy Stomach.

Kam Tong, I love. Located in the China town outpost that is Queensway (there is another branch in Lisle Street but the Queensway branch is my ‘local’, this restaurant serves traditional Cantonese fayre. Daytimes, it’s dim-sum time. Evenings, roast meat and dishes. Compared to Four Seasons (everyone’s favourite roast duck Queensway stopoff), the meats are less fatty, siu yok crackling a tad more crispy (this is a good thing in my book), though the sweet soy sauce accompaniment is a bit less rich and flavourful (not so good but a small compromise). At £7.50 a portion for mixed meats, it’s about the same price. Everything else is also good.

Service-wise, some people complain but I find the staff friendly and helpful. Whilst waiting for my takeout roast pork fix, I headed out for a smoke and the waitress came outside to bring me my package, even though I’d wandered down the road snapping pics. And she was one of the smiliest faces I’ve seen in London for some time. And totally non-judgmental of a fellow Oriental’s very dodgy Cantonese.


CHEAP EATS I: £1 Mussels aka Dicing with Death?

November 30, 2009


Have indulged in this economic snack a few times: £1 from Tesco’s. Why? Because I’m skint, and craving seafood. How do they make it so cheap? Don’t think about it too much.

Eating: Munch straight, add to instant noodles (added with egg and spinach… yummy!)

Tips: Shake the packet before buying – if rattles, still frozen (don’t eat if icy… tummy will not respect this)

Next installment: Win the lottery, splash out on a salad bowl (I wish…)