I stumbled across the opening of 800 Degrees Pizza quite accidentally. Phil and I were meant to be heading to a private film screening, but a lack of available cabs and a shit tonne of traffic meant that we were way too late for that.
So we thought we’d check out the new extension of the Mall of the Emirates, which has just opened and (as it turns out) is every bit as lovely as they said it would be. Our first stop was actually to Common Grounds a new cafe from the genius duo behind The Sum of Us and Tom and Serg – two of my favourite laptop club spots
But (and it truly pains me to say it) with only two vegetarian options on the menu for dinner, one of which had raw broccoli in it (not my cup of tea) and the other was a pumpkin dish, which actually sounded lovely, but I’d had pumpkin at lunch and didn’t fancy it twice in one day, we had to leave CG and find somewhere else to eat.
And that is how we ended up hovering outside 800 Degrees Pizza, there were a lot of people hanging about at the entrance with bags of goodies and bouquets of flowers, so at first we thought it was invite only, but the super friendly staff ushered us in and sent us up to the counter to order.
800 Degrees Pizza is like ordering at Subway, but a thousand times better. You make your way along the counter, selecting your pizza base, toppings and cheese and the staff prepare it right in front of your eyes. And if that isn’t cool enough, while you’re paying they put your pizza into the MASSIVE wood-burning oven and cook it right then and there. BAM in less than one minute, my pizza was cooked and ready to be devoured.
So, the concept is a genius one, but how did it taste?
I did indeed declare it the tastiest pizza I have ever eaten and even now that my excitement has waned, it’s still true.
I opted for the original crust, which was super light and crisp with the perfect amount of chewiness. For my base I chose the Bufalina, which came with cherry tomatoes, buffala mozzarella, olive oil and fresh basil. To that I added; Feta, mushrooms and red onion.
It was truly scrumptious – obviously I had chosen the toppings (so really I only have myself to congratulate ;-)), but they were fresh, tasty and the base complemented them perfectly. Plus I love that because it’s cooked at such a high heat you get just a little charring on the top.
If I’m heading out for a pizza in the future, this is definitely going to be a tough one to beat.