Upon finding Zierholz closed today, we decided to head over to Manuka to Pangaea. It’s been there a while, but I’ve never tried it. So we tried it. It’s in the bit of Manuka where the cinemas are, facing the Catholic church.
Very modern and zappy inside, dominated by a bar/servery. Lots of hard surfaces so it’s noisy. Our reception from the young guy behind the bar was friendly and jocular, the table service was prompt, friendly and smooth. We were served during the meal by a variety of people, who were excellent. They were all friendly, right on the mark re timing and knowledge, they knew their stuff. They seemed to be a happy lot.
Well, the food. Here’s a menu:
I as always was happy to discover pizza on the menu, and chose a something-osa, with salami, bocconcini and mushrooms. this turned out to be quite a spicy pizza, with a lot of hot flavour going on. I don’t know how they’d done it, but the whole (dried up) mushrooms were bursting with flavour too. Good crust! Hand pressed-out, thin, and with that slightly buttery flavour good crust has. I guzzled it up.
I notice on their online menu they sometimes have a mega-hot one, with habaneros, but not today.
Other meals consumed: the yellowfin tuna dish, and the medley of mushrooms risotto balls.
The Tuna thing was lumps of tuna which appeared to have been briefly seared but quite rare, with a sharp/sweet sauce drizzled over it, and lumps of something yellow served on a long, thin, bagette-shaped serving thing that was about 1.5 feet long!
The Risotto balls looked a bit like falalfel, friend balls of a risotto that had porcini, something truffly and mushrooms in.
Both meals were rated as excellent and both plates cleared of all visible consumable food.
They have the menu on all day and into the evening, and you choose what you feel like from big, small, elaborate or normal.
We had the 3 meals, 3 glasses of house chardy and 2 Crownies, and the bill came to $81. The only negative was the attitude from the guy at the bar (different guy) when we wanted to pay separately. I guess it’s inconvenient for them and all, but it’s a reality. So we got a pen, and worked out who owed what. and that was that.
All up, a very pleasant place to spend a dawdling Sunday afternoon, and I shall add it to the small list of places where you can get a decent pizza.