Sunday, 9 March 2014

Review: The Hollywood Menu at California Pizza Kitchen (CPK)

Did you think pizza's night out at the Oscars was exciting? 







If you did, I have more news .. not only did Pizza get to the Oscars .. but Hollywood just got to our tables!  Remember, every action supposedly has an equal and opposite reaction? This must be it ..

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK)'s The Hollywood Menu is a special menu inspired by everything Californian and is being served from February 24, 2014 to March 16, 2014.

I attended a CPK Bloggers' Meet in Chennai this March 5th and here is my review; as always, since I'm a vegetarian foodie, reviewed here is only the vegetarian part of the menu:








Mocktails:

Mango Mint Ecstasy
Pineapple Twister



I have always liked that the fusion of flavors is rather strong at CPK.  My mocktail choice is Mango Mint Ecstasy, with its strong mint, lime and mango fusion:



Pizzas:




I'm a stickler for thin crust pizzas and therefore, the first love on this occasion was:

Rustica Pizza:



Italian Classic this one, with grilled zucchini, sauteed white mushrooms, green olives and capers on a thin and crispy crust.

I absolutely loved it.  

Non-vegetarians have an option to add garlic chicken, please take note ;)





Spicy Sonora Pizza:

Next stop was the Spicy Sonora Pizza - roasted paneer & blackbean salsa with cilantro and lime sauce on a traditional crust.  

Despite the traditional crust, it was melting soft; non-vegetarians get spicy smoked chicken, I'm told :)





My recommendation is the 'Rustica Pizza' but if you are going in a large group, it would be good to order one each. Disclaimer: I have a natural fondness for thin crust pizzas.

Speciality:

Spinach & Paneer Malfati With Milan Sauce:

This is a MUST TRY

Tender spinach & paneer (Indian cottage cheese) dumplings, gnocchi style, in a creamy caramelized sauce, flavored with cheese and served with Californian rice.



Blended perfectly, subtler flavors, sumptuous & is easily the highlight of the menu.

If you are going alone, I'd rather that you miss everything else and settle for this Malfati (even if you prefer non-veg, don't miss this) and the dessert :)





Dessert:

Well, i have all of 32 sweet teeth (yeah, whoever named it the 'sweet tooth' hadn't met me) so for me, anytime, Dessert is main course!

This dessert, as the name goes, truly is, a California Delight :)




This is actually a triple delight - white chocolate, strawberry (yeah, remember the strong Californian connection) & dark chocolate mousse with cranberries (yeah, California again) & almond praline:


Despite so many constituents, while the whole was certainly delectable, what I appreciate is i could pretty much enjoy the praline, the white chocolate and of course, the strawberry and cranberry natural flavors - they had all come into their own!




Verdict:

The Menu is on until 16th March, so make sure you don't miss the Malfati as well as this Californian Delight of a dessert.  If you are going in a medium to large group, all the better to taste the Rustica Pizza as well. 

Scoop 1:

They anyways have a rich and creamy dessert selection even in their regular menu:



Scoop 2:

I gathered that women get 50% off their bill at CPK, Phoenix Market City Mall, Chennai on Thursdays. Yeah, that is right and remember, you heard this here!

Happy romancing Hollywood folks!

Cheers :)